The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and comedy legend Carl Reiner has died at 98.
The legendary Hollywood entertainer is said to have died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, surrounded by his family, TMZ report.
There are no further details yet on the cause of the death of the veteran entertainer, who had remained very active in his later life and career, most recently voicing the character Carl Reineroceros in last year’s Toy Story 4.
RIP: The Dick Van Dyke Show creator at star Carl Reiner – pictured above in February 2015 – has died at 98
A staunch critic of Donald Trump, in 2018, Reiner said he wanted to live to see the President voted out of office, saying it was his ‘personal goal’ to ‘stick around until 2020’ while urging citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
The comedian, actor, director, screenwriter and publisher had an impressive career in the entertainment business that spanned seven decades.
Reiner was arguably best known for creating the iconic American sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, that aired from 1961 to 1966 and produced a total of 158 episodes spanning five seasons.
In memory: Reiner (pictured in 1962) was arguably best known for creating the classic American sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, that aired from 1961 to 1966
A role to remember: Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady) on the iconic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show
The show also created a star in Mary Tyler Moore who was cast as Dick Van Dyke’s TV wife.
In 1950, Reiner got his start in acting, performing on several Broadway musicals including Inside U.S.A and Alive and Kicking.
However, he got his first TV break the same year in Sid Caesar’s variety show Your Show of Shows, where he appeared on air in skits while also got the opportunity of writing with Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.
For his efforts, Reiner was awarded two Emmys in 1956 and 1957 in the supporting category.
His working relationship with Mel Brooks would become fruitful, as they teamed up as a comedy duo, appearing in films such as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, World (1963) and The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), as well as the Ocean’s film series from 2001 to 2007.
Family: Carl pictured with his famous film director son Rob Reiner (left) in 2017 in Hollywood
Reiner and Brooks have a long-running friendship that started with their famous ‘2000 Year Old Man’ sketches, where Brooks plays a 2000-year-old man, interviewed by Reiner.
The entertainer – who was born in The Bronx, New York City in 1922 to his Jewish immigrant parents – then went on to have great success as a film director in the 1970s and 1980s. He collaborated with Steve Martin on his movies including The Jerk (1979).
The last movie he directed himself was the 1997 rom-com That Old Feeling, starring Bette Midler and Dennis Farina.
During the 1990s he enjoyed a guest role on Frasier, won another Emmy for a guest role playing Alan Brady on Mad About You in 1995, and also had roles on Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and House.
Impressively, Reiner even remained in hot demand well into his 80s and his 90s, enjoying recurring roles on hit sitcoms including Two and a Half Men and Hot in Cleveland, where he starred alongside The Golden Girls star Betty White.
Recently, he was also an in-demand voice actor, working on popular shows including Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill, and Bob’s Burgers.
In demand: Reiner remained active in his career well into his 80s and 90s, and appeared in the show Hot in Cleveland, where he starred alongside The Golden Girls star Betty White (above)
In 2017, Reiner appeared in the HBO documentary If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, alongside many of his nonagenarian peers including his comedy partner Mel Brooks and Kirk Douglas.
The comedy legend had three children with his wife Estelle Lebost, who died in 2008, Lucas, Annie, and Rob. His son Rob Reiner went on to become a successful Hollywood film director, known for The Princess Bride (1987) and A Few Good Men (1992).
His other children, Annie Reiner, went on to become an playwright and poet, while son Lucas Reiner is a painter and print maker.
Before his showbiz career, Reiner had graduated school at 16 and worked as a machinist while also studying acting. He joined the Army during WWII where he toured South Pacific bases entertaining troops with his acting talents in G.I. revues.
Outside of his entertainment career, Reiner has recently turned his efforts to being a staunch opponent of Donald Trump, alongside his activist son Rob Reiner, the filmmaker.
He posted a powerful anti-Trump video in October 2018 where he began by saying: ‘I’ve seen a lot of things in my lifetime. I lived through the Great Depression. I served in World War II in our fight to defeat fascism. I’ve seen the invention of television and performed on television even before my family owned one.’
He then challenged Trump’s honesty, saying: ‘But what I’ve never seen is the American people being lied to every single day about everything. Lies about climate change. Lies about protecting Medicare and Social Security. Lies about Russia attacking our elections. Lies about protecting people with preexisting conditions.’
Remembering: Carl Reiner at the 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1999 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California