Rest in Peace, Comedy Legend Carl Reiner: 1922-2020

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Carl Reiner, larger-than-life comedy and Hollywood icon (and father of Rob Reiner, Annie Reiner and Lucas Reiner), whose career and influence spanned generations, passed away Monday night at the age of 98, his assistant confirming to Variety that he passed due to natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Among the innumerable accolades and noteworthy moments in Reiner’s career was his creation of The Dick Van Dyke Show, which premiered in 1961 and went on to be a legendary sitcom.

From his early days in the Bronx to working alongside fellow comedy legend Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner quickly made a name for himself in the business. He went on to co-write and direct some of Steve Martin’s most notable films, including 1979’s The Jerk.

In his later years, Reiner maintained a Twitter account that he used on a regular basis to share all sorts of anecdotes and stories from his unique perspective as a pillar of the comedy community — even sharing this just two days before his death:

And this from a few days before that:

Tributes poured in on social media after the news was first announced:

A bit more on the life and career of Carl Reiner, per Variety’s retrospective:

In 1995 Reiner received the Writers Guild’s Laurel Award, a lifetime achievement award for a career in TV writing. In 2000 he won the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, presented by the Kennedy Center. In 2009 he was presented with the WGA’s Valentine Davies Award, recognizing both his writing legacy and valued service to the guild, the entertainment industry and community at large.

He authored several memoirs and novels, including a sequel to “Enter Laughing,” “Continue Laughing,” “My Anecdotal Life” and “I Remember Me.”

In the 2003 “My Anecdotal Life,” he observed, “Inviting people to laugh with you while you are laughing at yourself is a good thing to do. You may be a fool but you’re the fool in charge.”

Reiner’s wife Estelle, to whom he had been married since 1943, died in 2008. In addition to Rob Reiner, survivors include his daughter Sylvia Anne and son Lucas.

May Carl Reiner rest in peace.

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