Report: Comedy icon Carl Reiner dies at age 98

Esteemed comedian Carl Reiner, known for acting and writing on programs like The Dick Van Dyke Show, passed away Monday night, the New York Post reported.

He was 98.

The end of an era

Not a lot of comedians have stood the test of time like Reiner. According to data provided by IMDB, he was entertaining as far back as the late 1940s, and still took on jobs in the 21st century.

The legend apparently influenced generations of comedians, entertainers, and actors; tributes for the late actor and writer poured in following the news of his death.

“Try estimating how many times in your life this fella’s work made you laugh,” director Ron Howard said, according to the Post. “I count well over [3,000] for me [and] growing. Thank you, Carl.”

Even New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) chimed in. “Carl Reiner, Bronx born and bred, made TV comedy that endures to this day. He made America laugh — a true gift,” the governor said, according to the Post.

A legendary career

According to IMDB, Reiner’s first acting credit came in 1948, when he starred in The Fashion Story. Six years later, he got his first writing gig for Caesar’s Hour.

As a writer, Reiner is probably most famous for The Dick Van Dyke Show, of which he wrote 54 episodes, and The New Dick Van Dyke Show, of which he wrote 72 episodes. Toward the end of his life, Reiner focused more on animated works like The Cleveland Show and even had an acting role in Toy Story 4.

His career also included directing credits for a total of 21 movies and TV shows. According to IMDB, Reiner was behind the lens for Summer School, Summer Rental, and The Jerk, films that turned people like John Candy and Steve Martin into household names.

The comedian he stopped writing in 2011, according to IMDB data. His last acting credit came in 2019.

As the Post reported, Reiner will long be remembered for what Star Trek‘s George Takei called a “near-century” of “life and gifts.”

“Your heart, your humor, your spirit will live on in all of us,” Takei said of Reiner, according to the Post. “The stars are twinkling just a bit more merrily today with you there to entertain the heavens.”

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