Carl Reiner

An exuberant and prolific personality both onscreen and off, actor-writer-director Carl Reiner's illustrious career straddled the line between the earnest, the intelligent and even the outrageous, while boasting collaborations with comic heavyweights like Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke and Steve Martin. Having received his start on the Broadway stage, Reiner famously began his career with Caesar, which later led to a successful run as the creator and co-star of the legendary television sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). It was on that show that he began his directing career, which produced later comedy classics like "Oh God!" (1977) and "The Jerk" (1979). In fact, his collaboration with Martin led to other comic hits such as "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "The Man with Two Brains" (1983) and "All of Me" (1984). Meanwhile, Reiner's son, Rob Reiner, became a noted actor and director in his own right, and often surpassed his father in terms of critical and box office success. Nonetheless, Reiner maintained a steady presence both before and behind the cameras, directing the farcical "Fatal Instinct" (1992) and the romantic comedy "That Old Feeling" (1997), while playing an elderly con man partnered with a motley crew of criminals in the caper comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), and the sequels "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) and "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007). After spending over seven decades in the business, Reiner reigned supreme as one of the greatest comic legends of all time. Carl Reiner died June 29, 2020 at the age of 98.