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Carl Reiner, longtime comedy legend, dies at 98

He was 98.

"Final evening my dad handed away," Rob Reiner wrote. "As I write this my coronary heart is hurting. He was my guiding mild."

Carl Reiner died Monday of pure causes at his dwelling in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy advised Selection.

His profession spanned dwell tv, Broadway, movement footage, file albums and quite a lot of visitor appearances. He was a performer and author on the legendary "Your Present of Exhibits." He created "The Dick Van Dyke Present," one of many nice scenario comedies in historical past, which was based mostly on his life as a comedy author.

Reiner's ongoing routine with fellow comic and director Mel Brooks, "The 2000-Yr-Outdated Man" – which started within the 1950s – was immortalized on a number of comedy albums. The act, a few reporter who interviews a 2000-year-old man about life, remains to be memorized and repeated by comedians previous and current, beloved for its fast-paced humor, absurd twists and apparent camaraderie between the pair.

However in contrast to Brooks – who was usually the focus in no matter he was doing – Reiner most well-liked to play straight man or work behind the scenes.

He had a hand in lots of "Dick Van Dyke Present" scripts and sometimes popped up as a supporting character, grouchy TV host Alan Brady. He had a run as a film director with such movies as "Oh, God!" (1977) and "The Jerk" (1979).

Brooks praised him for his comedian intelligence.

"The true engine behind ('The 2000-Yr-Outdated man) is Carl, not me. I'm simply amassing the fares," he advised the A.V. Membership. "Folks ought to know that he's crucial one within the act."

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