American comedy legend Carl Reiner, who over a decades-long career made his mark on Broadway, TV and film, has died.
He was 98.
Reiner was inducted into the Emmy Hall of Fame in 1999, and before that had taken home multiple Emmys, primarily for his work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Caesar’s Hour.”
His last win was in 1995 for outstanding guest actor in a comedy, on NBC’s “Mad About You.”
“Last night my dad passed away,” his son and fellow comedy giant Rob Reiner said in a statement Tuesday. “As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
Carl Reiner was a star of early television with material that will likely still be funny 2,000 years from now. His bestselling album, “2,000 Year Old Man,”, was based on his comedy routine with Mel Brooks.
In that famous 1975 album, Reiner plays an interviewer asking questions of a 2,000-year-old Brooks. The straight man Reiner quizzes Brooks on all sorts of topics in life, with improvisational answers that went down in comedy history.
Even in his final days, Reiner still managed to stay socially relevant. To celebrate Brooks’ 94th birthday, the pair donned Black Lives Matter T-shirts in a photo with Reiner’s daughter, Annie.
That picture may have been on the mind of actress Rosanna Arquette when on Tuesday she tweeted a clenched fist and the message: “Rest in Peace and power Carl Reiner.” Arquette expressed “gratitude for all the laughter you have given us through the years.”
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