Hollywood legend Carl Reiner dies aged 98

One of Hollywood’s most prolific entertainers Carl Reiner has died aged 98.

The star died at his Beverly Hills home on Monday night (29 June), surrounded by his family, according to TMZ.

His assistant Judy Nagy confirmed that Reiner died of natural causes.

The comedy legend was best known for his duo with Mel Brooks, and starred in films like It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming. 

He also starred as Saul Bloom in the Ocean’s Eleven series.

Reiner created The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which he starred as comedian Alan Brady, and is credited with discovering Mary Tyler Moore.

He had initially starred in the leading role of the show before the pilot, Head Of The Family, was renamed and recast.

Most recently, Reiner voiced Carl Reineroceros in Toy Story 4.

Kids will also recognise Reiner as PG Biggershot in The Adventures of Rocky and Billwinkle, and the voice of Larry in Duck Duck Goose.

Over his glittering career, Reiner won a Grammy and nine Emmy Awards, and directed 15 films, including The Jerk and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.

In his TV career, Reiner starred in Frasier, Mad About You, Ally McBeal and House, and lent his voice to King Of The Hill, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and American Dad.

In 2017, he and his son, director Rob Reiner, became the first father-son duo to have their footprints and handprints added at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. 

In 1943, Reiner married singer Estelle Lebost, and they stayed together for 64 years until her death in 2008 aged 94.

Estelle is probably best known for the iconic ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ scene in When Harry Met Sally, which was directed by her son Rob.

Carl and Estelle had three children together – Rob, author Annie, and actor Lucas – and had six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Reiner was tweeting the day he passed away, writing about playwright Noel Coward: ‘As I arose at 7:30 this morning, I was saddened to relive the day that led up to the election of a bankrupted and corrupt businessman who had no qualifications to be the leader of any country in the civilized world…

‘Noel Coward was the single most prolific writer of musical comedies, plays, songs and films. He also found time to critique performances with barbs such as, “They were like two paper bags belaboring each other.”’

The day prior, he had tweeted: ‘Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost—who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world.’

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