Hollywood legend Carl Reiner dies at 98

The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner dies at 98

Carl Reiner, beloved comedy legend, is dead at 98

"As I write this my heart is hurting". Originally, Reiner had developed the series with himself in mind to star in the lead role, though the network opted to recast the part and give the sitcom's starring role to Dick Van Dyke.

A television comedy pioneer, Carl Reiner is remembered for creating the classic TV comedy "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as well as making some notable on-screen appearances.

Hollywood tributes are pouring in for comedy legend Carl Reiner, who died Monday evening in his Beverly Hills home at age 98. Besides his actor-director son Rob Reiner, the couple had two other children: Lucas, a film director, and Sylvia, a psychoanalyst and author. He was also an actor, appearing in hits like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World. "He was my guiding light", Rob Reiner tweeted on Tuesday.

The following year, Reiner made his feature film directing and producing debut with "Enter Laughing", which he adapted from a Joseph Stein play that was based on Reiner's semiautobiographical 1958 book of the same name.

He got his start by appearing in several Broadway musicals, including "Inside U.S.A." and "Alive and Kicking" before securing the lead role in "Call Me Mister".

Reiner began his career as a performer on Broadway before transitioning into television on Sid Caesar's variety program Your Show of Shows.

The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner dies at 98
Carl Reiner, US comedian, actor and director, dies aged 98

He continued, "When we were doing "The 2000 Year Old Man" together there was no better straight man in the world".

In what would become a momentous collaboration, Reiner was asked by then-white-hot stage and TV comic Steve Martin to direct his debut film, and the 1979 film The Jerk was the result.

He has also been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and won a Grammy for the comedy album The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000. He recounted his childhood and creative journey in the 2013 book, I Remember Me. Lebost is perhaps most famous for saying the famous line "I'll have what she's having" in "When Harry Met Sally", which was directed by her and Carl Reiner's son, Rob Reiner. After its impressive box office figures, the pair made three more films in a row - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983) and All of Me (1984) - all of which were substantial successes.

In 2001 Reiner nabbed arguably his most popular acting role as one of the titular Ocean's Eleven in Steven Soderbergh's 2001 smash, portraying the elder con man Saul Bloom, a role intended for his old pal Alan Arkin.

He married his wife, Estelle, in 1943.

Born in the Bronx in 1922, Reiner always credited his brother Charlie with changing his career path after Charlie told him about a free drama workshop being presented by the Works Progress Administration. Associated Press contributed to the report.

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