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Carl Reiner, longtime comedy legend, dies at 98

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Carl Reiner of the film 'Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project' poses in the portrait studio during AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi held at ArcLight Cinemas on November 9, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AFI)

Carl Reiner, the writer, actor, director and producer whose many decades' worth of credits -- including "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The 2000 Year Old Man" -- showcased a ready wit and a generous spirit, has died, his son, director Rob Reiner, announced in a tweet.

(CNN)Carl Reiner, the writer, actor, director and producer whose many decades' worth of credits -- including "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The 2000 Year Old Man" -- showcased a ready wit and a generous spirit, has died, his son, director Rob Reiner, announced in a tweet.

"My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy," wrote Dick Van Dyke.

Reiner's ongoing routine with fellow comedian and director Mel Brooks, "The 2000 Year Old Man" -- which began in the 1950s -- was immortalized on several comedy albums.

But unlike Brooks -- who was often the center of attention in whatever he was doing -- Reiner preferred to play straight man or work behind the scenes.

By 17, Reiner was working regularly.

After writing a novel, 1958's "Enter Laughing," Reiner created his own show.

The original version, "Head of the Family," starred Reiner as a comedy writer who commutes to New York from his suburban family life.

"(He told me), 'We'll get a better actor to play you. ' And he suggested Dick Van Dyke," Reiner told CBS News.

The next year, brought "Enter Laughing," Reiner's motion picture directorial debut.

In the '70s and '80s, Reiner became a full-time movie director.

In the '90s, Reiner went back to acting, notching guest roles in "Frasier" and "Mad About You. " In the 2000s, he performed in the "Ocean's Eleven" films and the TV series "Two and a Half Men," among others.

He and Estelle Reiner were married for almost 65 years; his children all followed him into the arts, with son Rob becoming a noted actor and director himself.

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