Carl Reiner, ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator and Actor, Dead at 98

by Hunter Miller

Carl Reiner, best known for creating and starring in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died. He was 98 years old.

According to TMZ, the legendary comedian died from natural causes on Monday night in his Beverly Hills home. He was reportedly surrounded by family when he passed.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Reiner racked up a multitude of awards in Hollywood. He was an actor, producer, and director with more than 400 credits. Also, Reiner won 9 Emmys in over 7 decades.

Some of Reiner’s film credits include “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” and “The Jerk.” He appeared in a number of TV shows including “Two and a Half Men,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “House.” Reiner also provided voice work for shows including “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “King of the Hill,” and “Bob’s Burgers.”

Reiner earned a Grammy nomination for his best-selling album with Mel Brooks titled “The 2000 Year Old Man.” He dedicated much of his professional life to making people laugh. In “My Anecdotal Life,” Reiner said, “Inviting people to laugh with you while you are laughing at yourself is a good thing to do. You may be a fool but you’re the fool in charge.”

He authored multiple memoirs and novels. In addition to “My Anecdotal Life,” Reiner wrote “Continue Laughing,” and “I Remember Me.”

In 1977, Reiner spoke about his comedic writing process in Carl Reiner: An American Film Institute Seminar on His Work. He said: “You have to imagine yourself as not somebody very special but somebody very ordinary. If you imagine yourself as somebody really normal and if it makes you laugh, it’s going to make everybody laugh.”

Carl has three kids, one of whom is filmmaker Rob Reiner. On Tuesday morning, Rob took to Twitter to share about his father’s passing calling him his “guiding light.”

Carl wed his wife Estelle in 1943. She passed in 2008. In addition to Rob, Carl is survived by his daughter Sylvia Anne and son Lucas.