Carl Reiner, left, and his son Rob Reiner pose together following their hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
Carl Reiner, left, and his son Rob Reiner pose together following their hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
Photo: AP
Carl Reiner poses in his new hairpiece in Los Angeles in 1967

American Jewish comedic giant Carl Reiner dies at 98

The Dick Van Dyke Show star died Monday night of natural causes his home in Beverly Hills, California; the comic's son - director and producer Rob Reiner - said his father was a 'guiding light'

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Published: 06.30.20 , 17:29
Carl Reiner, the versatile Jewish writer, actor and director who broke through as a "second banana" to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy's front ranks as creator of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and straight man to Mel Brooks' "2000 Year Old Man," has died, according to reports. He was 98.
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  • Reiner, who was the father of actor-director Rob Reiner, died Monday night of natural causes his home in Beverly Hills, California, TMZ and Variety reported.
    Carl Reiner poses in his new hairpiece in Los Angeles in 1967  Carl Reiner poses in his new hairpiece in Los Angeles in 1967
    Carl Reiner poses in his new hairpiece in Los Angeles in 1967
    (Photo: AP)
    Reiner Jr. issued a statement via his Twitter, account, saying his father was "a guiding light."
    One of show business' best liked men, the tall, bald Reiner was a welcome face on the small and silver screens, in Caesar's 1950s troupe, as the snarling, toupee-wearing Alan Brady of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and in such films as "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
    In recent years, he was part of the roguish gang in the "Ocean's Eleven" movies starring George Clooney and appeared in documentaries including "Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age" and "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast."
    Carl Reiner, left, and his son Rob Reiner pose together following their hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles Carl Reiner, left, and his son Rob Reiner pose together following their hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
    Carl Reiner, left, and his son Rob Reiner pose together following their hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
    (Photo: AP)
    But many remember Reiner for "The Dick Van Dyke Show," one of the most popular television series of all time and a model of ensemble playing, physical comedy and timeless, good-natured wit. It starred Van Dyke as a television comedy writer working for a demanding, eccentric boss (Reiner) and living with his wife (Mary Tyler Moore in her first major TV role) and young son in suburban New Rochelle, New York.
    "The Van Dyke show is probably the most thrilling of my accomplishments because that was very, very personal," Reiner once said. "It was about me and my wife, living in New Rochelle and working on the Sid Caesar show."
    His wife Estelle, appeared in the film "When Harry met Sally," directed by his son Rob.

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