Comedy legend Carl Reiner has passed away.
The famed actor, writer, producer, and director whose decade-long career has brought works like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The 2000 Year Old Man" passed away in his home. He was 98 years old.
His son, director Rob Reiner took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
A big-hearted man whose legacy left a massive mark on the comedy world, he was known for his lifelong friendship with fellow comedy legend Mel Brooks. They would spend every night together watching old TV shows and hanging out.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a better friend than Carl,” Brooks told the Guardian in a joint February interview with Reiner.
Reiner often worked as the straight man in his comedy routines. "The real engine behind ('The 2000-Year-Old man) is Carl, not me. I'm just collecting the fares," he told the A.V. Club. "People should know that he's the most important one in the act."
Born in the Bronx in 1922 to Jewish immigrant parents, Reiner was bitten by the acting bug at a young age but honed his comedy chops while serving in an entertainment unit of the Army during World War 2. Returning to civilian life, he performed on Broadway before his groundbreaking work in "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Through it all, he built a creative partnership that turned into a budding relationship with Mel Brooks. "We worked in the office enough and our wives became friends," Brooks told Moment. Even after both became widowers they would get together for dinner and conversation almost every night. Through the years, his friendships and family were the centerpoint of Reiner's life.
"Show business is only 8 to 12. And the rest is your family. You're only doing it so you can have a family and a house. Without a wife and children, show business means nothing. You're doing it to make a living, but enjoying doing it and getting paid for something you love to do," Reiner told the Boston Globe.