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Comedy icon Carl Reiner has passed away aged 98

Carl Reiner

Comedy icon, actor, and director Carl Reiner has passed away aged 98 at his home in Beverly Hills. 

Reiner’s career spanned many decades and saw the legend try his hand at almost every entertainment medium including theatre, television, film, and audio recordings. 

Carl Reiner

Tributes are flooding in for the late Carl Reiner, who has died at the age of 98 due to natural causes. 

Surprisingly, Reiner fell in love with comedy when he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II, where he entertained troops. After his return, Reiner set out to build an incredible and expansive career.

While Carl Reiner has accumulated a long list of achievements over the years, he is perhaps most celebrated for co-creating and co-starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show. Reiner was also known as a frequent partner of Mel Brooks, another American comedy legend. Reiner starred in a vast number of films, and was particularly well-known for his work alongside Steve Martin in 1979’s The Jerk, 1982’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, 1983’s The Man with Two Brains, and 1984’s All of Me.

Reiner’s approach to comedy has been seen as an inspiration to some of the world’s greats. Reiner expressed his approach to his work in his book when he stated: 

“Inviting people to laugh at you while you are laughing at yourself is a good thing to do. You may be the fool, but you are the fool in charge.”

Close friends, family, and admirers have taken to social media to post emotional tributes to Reiner. Adam Sandler, Jamie Lee Curtis and Alan Alda were among many, remembering Reiner for his kindness, generosity, and wild sense of humour around the world. 

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July 1, 2020