Comedy legend Carl Reiner, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' creator, dead at 98

  • Comedy legend Carl Reiner, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' creator, dead at 98

Comedy legend Carl Reiner, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' creator, dead at 98

He died of natural causes on Monday at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy told Variety.

Alan Alda, Bette Midler, William Shatner, Steve Martin, Mitzi Gaynor, Al Roker, Ed Asner, Ron Howard, Mia Farrow, Josh Gad, Stephen King, Yvette Nicole Brown, George Takei, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Jason Alexander and many more stars have honored the veteran comedy actor, writer, director and producer on social media.

Tributes poured in online, including from actor Josh Gadd, who called Reiner "one of the greatest comedic minds of all time", and writer Bill Kristol, who said: "What a life!"

He leaves three children, artist Annie, artist Lucas and actor and director Rob Reiner - behind the likes of This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, A Few Good Men and When Harry Met Sally. Arguably the most effective was The Man with Two Brains (1983), a sci-fi spoof in which Reiner offered full rein to Martin's brand of absurd, deadpan silliness. The series was based on his experiences working on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, and Reiner earned his first two Emmys, in 1956 and 1957, for his performances.

Carl and Rob Reiner made history in 2017 as the first father and son to have their hand and footprints memorialized in cement in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Reiner also acted in films such as The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966).

But his career took a decisive turn after he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War II.

Reiner was part of Caesar's ensemble of performers as well as a celebrated writing team that included such then-unknown talents as Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart.

Reiner won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career.

Additionally, Reiner would direct many episodes of The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and in 2004, he'd appear in the reunion special The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited alongside Van Dyke. But CBS ultimately picked up the series in 1961, after it was recast and retitled for its new star, The Dick Van Dyke Show. Originally a starring vehicle for himself titled "Head of the Family", the show was retooled with Reiner instead taking on the role of egotistical TV host Alan Brady, a role he later reprised in 1995 on an episode of Mad About You. Reiner has also appeared in many famous television shows over the decades, including Night Gallery, Frasier, The Bernie Mac Show, Hot in Cleveland, and Two and a Half Men.