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Carl Reiner Memorial Tributes from Celebrities — Celebrity Deaths – Parade

Carl Reiner, one of comedy’s most enduring icons, passed away Monday at his home in Beverly Hills surrounded by family. The writer, director and performer was 98.

In a career that lasted seven decades, Reiner created the hugely successful TV comedy, The Dick Van Dyke Show. He joined forces with his best friend Mel Brooks on the “2000 Year Old Man records” and he directed Steve Martin in four movies, including The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man With Two Brains and All of Me. Reiner was a maestro of comedy.

In fact, Brooks would drive to Reiner’s house every night to watch Jeopardy and eat dinner. Their friendship was movingly and hilariously chronicled in this episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Brooks just turned 94 this past Sunday. Reiner’s manager, George Shapiro, posted a photo of Brooks, Reiner and Reiner’s daughter Annie Reiner celebrating together. “I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on Your Show Of Shows, and we’ve been best friends ever since. I loved him,” Brooks tweeted.

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“Last night, my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.He was my guiding light,” son Rob Reiner, said of his father who won nine Emmys, a Grammy and acted in more than 40 movies, including The Russians Are Coming and Ocean’s Eleven and the Ocean’s sequel films.

As his friend and Ocean’s collaborator told Variety, “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend.”

Reiner was the third person to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (after Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters.) He also authored dozens of books including children’s stories and memoirs. A great humanitarian and fighter for social justice the day before he passed away, Shapiro posted a photo of Carl Reiner, his daughter, Annie, and Brooks wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts.

In addition to his son, Rob Reiner, and daughter, Annie, Reiner had anther son, Lucas. His wife, Estelle Lebost famously said the “I’ll have what she’s having line,” in her son Rob’s film, When Harry Met Sally. Reiner mentioned the impact of his family in a Tweet on June 27, “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.”

“We lost an angel today,” wrote Jerry Seinfeld on Twitter.

As his dear friend Alan Alda said of Reiner, “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl.”

Tributes for Carl Reiner have poured in on social media.

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