Reiner died of natural causes on Monday night at his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by his family.
Carl Reiner, one of the most famous names in all of Hollywood has died at the age of 98. The news was first reported by TMZ. Reiner died on Monday night at his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by his family. Reiner's assistant Judy Nagy told PEOPLE he died of natural causes. Reiner had several feathers to his cap. He was a legendary stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He was best known for creating and starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show. Like several other veterans in the field, Reiner too, started his career with Broadway musicals like Inside U.S.A. Eventually, he landed himself the lead role in Call Me Mister.
Carl, you were way beyond funny and kind and we were all so lucky to have you in our lives. You were my comedy role model and inspiration. You stayed engaged, you spoke your truth and you always stood up for justice. A life well lived! Rest In Peace, my friend. 🙏🏼💔#carlreiner pic.twitter.com/1E4yD3egUY— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) July 1, 2020
Carl Reiner, a son of two Jewish immigrants, was born and raised in New York City, and he got his big break in 1950 when he was cast in Your Show of Shows, working together with writers Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. However, he met the love of his life, who was then Estelle Lebost, when they were both on the social staff at a vacation resort in the Adirondacks. The two wed in 1943 and were married for 65 years until Estelle's death. “We met, fell in love, and I was 20 at the time and she was 28, and people said this is not a match,” he told “Dispatches”, according to The LA Times. “It only worked for 65 years, and if she didn’t pass on we’d still be working on it.”
Estelle Reiner is quite famous, but she's known for her one-liner, when compared to her volume of work. She delivered the famous “I’ll have what she’s having” line during the deli scene in the movie When Harry Met Sally. The couple had three children: Rob, Lucas, and Annie. Rob Reiner is a well-known director with movies like The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and This Is Spinal Tap adding to his fame. Daughter Annie Reiner is a psychoanalyst, author, poet, playwright, and painter, while youngest child Lucas Reiner is an actor, writer, and painter. Carl Reiner also had six grandchildren.
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner pic.twitter.com/LcOoq3CLrk— American Times Film (@ExportedFromMI) July 1, 2020
Just two days before his death, Reiner expressed his feelings about his family on social media, tweeting, Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible” by meeting his wife and, with her, bringing his kids into “this needy & evolving world. Reiner's co-worker turned friend of 70 years, Mel Brooks also took to social media to pay his respect. He wrote: Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment. He created comedy gems like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jerk, and Where's Poppa? I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows, and we've been best friends ever since. I loved him. When we were doing The 2000 Year Old Man together there was no better straight man in the world.
The fact that Carl Reiner hung out with the same buddies for the last 70-odd years of his life, just like eating deli sandwiches and trying to make each other laugh, is the most crystalline expression of "squad goals" I've ever seen. I just think it's great.— David Roth (@david_j_roth) June 30, 2020
So whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend—nobody could do it better. He'll be greatly missed. A tired cliché in times like this, but in Carl Reiner's case it's absolutely true. He will be greatly missed. Dick Van Dyke also paid tribute and wrote: 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. Reiner's legacy will live on through his work, and his final interview will have people laughing, in typical Reiner fashion. This was probably what he wanted all along. Rest in peace!