Writer, director, actor, and producer Carl Reiner has died of natural causes on Monday, his family confirmed.
The actor, best known for his work in the “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “The 2000-Year-Old Man”, and most recently, the Ocean’s franchise, was 98.
The actor’s son, Rob Reiner announced news of his passing on Twitter.
“Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light,” Rob said.
Reiner’s colorful career included live television, Broadway, motion pictures, record albums, and a book. He created “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” one of the most loved situation comedies in history, which was based on his life as a comedy writer.
On Tuesday, an outpouring of tributes for Reiner from his Hollywood colleagues was seen on social media.
My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.
— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) June 30, 2020
“My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy,” said Dick Van Dyke. “He had a deeper understanding of the human condition than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic, and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.”
In his memoir, “An Anecdotal Life”, Reiner believed in spreading the laughs— even if he was the butt of the joke.
“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 wrote.
Reiner had a wonderful family. He married singer Estelle Lebost in 1943 and were together for 64 years, until her death. They have three children, Rob, Annie, and Lucas.