Carl Reiner, ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator, Dies At 98

Reiner attends a special screening of the feature-length documentary Method To The Madness Of Jerry Lewis in 2011

Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke Show Creator, Dead at 98

The episode looks back at Reiner's long life and career, starting in the Bronx, loving comedy movies, learning to act, moving to the Borscht Belt, and winding up in Hollywood.

Carl Reiner's assistant, Judy Nagy, confirmed to ABC News his passing last night of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 98 years old.

But his career took a decisive turn after he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II. While the Broadway production flopped, the musical, eventually reworked and retitled Enter Laughing like the novel, would go on to become an off-Broadway hit for the York Theatre Company. By 1950, he was appearing on television when he was cast in the sketch comedy series Your Show of Shows.

The prolific writer, comedian, director and actor also directed several films including Steve Martin vehicles The Jerk (1979) and All of Me (1984). It was after that success that Reiner turned his sights toward creating what would become "The Dick Van Dyke Show", on which he had originally planned to star. He was known for his work in Caesar's 1950s troupe, as the snarling, toupée-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. He also provided voices for animated shows like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and Bob's Burgers. He reprised the role in Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007), and even filmed a cameo for 2018's Ocean's Eight alongside Matt Damon which was ultimately cut from that film.

In subsequent decades, his status as a comedy legend secure he completed numerous guest shots in TV shows such as Frasier, King of the Hill, The Larry Sanders Show and Ally McBeal, while latterday film roles included Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven remake as con artist Saul Bloom and "Carl Reinorcerous" in Toy Story 4. He also collaborated frequently with Steve Martin by directing him in many comedy classics like The Jerk, Dead Men Won't Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains, and All of Me. As an actor, Reiner won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Caesar's Hour and Mad About You, and as a writer, he won seven more Emmys for The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner Special.

Comedians Mel Brooks, left, and Reiner pose with their Grammy Awards for best spoken comedy album on February 24, 1999, in Los Angeles.

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