"One of the greatest comedian minds of all time." - Josh Gad
Hollywood heavyweight Carl Reiner, who enjoyed decades of success as a writer, actor, director, and comedian, has died at the age of 98.
The showbiz icon began his career in the 1950s; in the '60s, he created and co-starred in the hit sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Reiner went on to direct the classic comedy movies The Jerk, and The Man with Two Brains.
His most recent work was in the Ocean's Eleven franchise as Saul Bloom, and as the voice of Carl Reineroceros in the Toy Story franchise.
His son, director Rob Reiner, tweeted an emotional goodbye saying, "Last night my dad passed away. As I write this, my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."
His best friend and fellow comedian, Mel Brooks tweeted:
Dick Van Dyke posted his sentiments:
My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy. He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) June 30, 2020
Comedian and actor (and voice of Frozen's Olaf) Josh Gad also posted a tribute to one of his idols.
One of the greatest moments of my life was sitting in Mel Brooks’s office as he called #CarlReiner in front of Billy Crystal and I and proceeded to wind him up for 30 minutes as they both made fun of my name and said it needed an extra consonant. pic.twitter.com/lGh9ux3cSi— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 30, 2020
ABC News has put together a beautiful reflection on the life and success of the comedy legend Carl Reiner.