Iconic Hollywood figure Carl Reiner has passed away at the age of 98.
Reiner, the famed actor, comedian, director and writer, has been a prominent figure of television and film in a highly prolific career which spanned seven decades.
“Last night my dad passed away,” his son Rob Reiner confirmed on social media. “As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
Reiner, who is arguably best recognised for being the creator, writer and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show, a sitcom which ran for five seasons in the 1960s. Given his stock in the world of comedy, Reiner formed the hugely successful comedy duo with Mel Brooks in 2000 Year Old Man. The duo, Reiner said, handed Brooks “an identity as a comic performer for the first time”.
“Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment,” Mel Brooks said in a statement issued to Hollywood Reporter. “I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows and we’ve been best friends ever since. I loved him … Whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend — nobody could do it better.
“He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliché in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true. He will be greatly missed.”
Remaining active in the world of television and film right up until his death, Reiner recently appeared as a voice actor in the critically acclaimed 2019 film Toy Story 4 and, prior to that, the actor appeared in Ocean’s 8 and Duck Duck Goose.
Van Dyke paid tribute to Reiner, writing: “My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise.”
Steve Martin added in tribute: “Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl.”
George Clooney, who worked with Reiner on the Ocean series, added: “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend.”