The entertainment world lost a true legend on Monday night, as Carl Reiner passed away in his home at the age of 98. Reiner appeared in countless movies and TV shows over the years, but was probably best known as the creator and co-star of the iconic series, The Dick Van Dyke Show. Reiner was responsible for bringing the show to life, as well as casting Mary Tyler Moore to play Van Dyke's wife on the series, helping launch the career of a comedy superstar.
The first report of Reiner's death came from TMZ, who says that he passed on Monday night at his home, surrounded by his family. Reiner died of natural causes.
Over the years, Reiner continued to appear on-screen in various different roles, including on popular modern sitcoms like Parks and Recreation, as well as high-stakes feature films like Ocean's Eleven. In his later years, however, Reiner worked most often as a voice actor.
Nearly every popular animated sitcom out there has had a guest appearance from Carl Reiner. King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show, Bob's Burgers, American Dad!, and Family Guy were all graced with performances from Reiner over the years. Most recently, Reiner voiced a dinosaur in Toy Story 4 named Carl Reineroceros. Reiner appeared in the film alongside fellow icons of yesteryear Mel Brooks, Betty White, and Carol Burnett. He reprised the role for an episode of Forky Asks a Question on Disney+.
One of the final messages Reiner shared on Twitter over the last few days sums up the kind of life he had, and gives you an idea as to why many think so highly of him.
Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost---who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world.— carl reiner (@carlreiner) June 27, 2020
"Nothing pleases me more than knowing I have lived the best life possible by having met & married the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost -- who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into this needy & evolving world," Reiner wrote in the tweet.
Rest in peace, Carl.
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