Comedian Carl Reiner, creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dead at 98

Comedian, actor, writer and producer Carl Reiner died Monday at his home in Beverly Hills, according to multiple reports. He was 98.

Reiner's assistant, Judy Nagy, confirmed to Variety that the legendary entertainer and father to comedian and filmmaker Rob Reiner died of natural causes.

Over a career that spanned seven decades, Reiner earned 11 Emmy Awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” a Grammy Award and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

In the 1960s, Reiner was best known for creating, producing, writing and acting on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," according to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He told PBS in 2016 that he had never thought about a career in comedy growing up.

“I wanted to be an operatic tenor,” he said. “My father had these Red Seal records of Enrico Caruso. I lacked one thing — two things, actually, pitch and timing.”

His trajectory changed when he met director and comedian Mel Brooks on Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca’s variety program “Your Show of Shows.” Together they created the renowned two-man comedy skit “2000-Year-Old Man.”

For about two-and-a-half-hours, Mel and I ad-libbed," Reiner told PBS in 2016. "I cut it down to 47 minutes, and the 2000-Year-Old Man was born."

In recent years, Reiner joined the roguish gang in the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies starring George Clooney and appeared in documentaries including “Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age” and “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.”

Films he directed included “Oh, God!” starring George Burns and John Denver; “All of Me,” with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin; and the 1970 comedy “Where’s Poppa?” He was especially proud of his books, including “Enter Laughing,” an autobiographical novel later adapted into a film and Broadway show; and “My Anecdotal Life,” a memoir published in 2003. He recounted his childhood and creative journey in the 2013 book, “I Remember Me.”

Reiner is survived by his three children, Rob Reiner, author and playwright Annie Reiner and painter Lucas Reiner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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