At his Beverly Hills home, American comedy celebrity Carl Reiner passed away. He was 98 years old.
Reiner was one of the leading pranksters in the United States for decades, behind the scenes and behind the scenes. He played with Sid Caesar, whose Your Show Show a plan for all of the draft TV shows to follow, as Saturday Night Live. He also wrote for Caesar.
He also developed The Dick van Dyke Show, for which he wrote again and touched. This comedy is still considered one of the best in the genre and was an example for many comedies after that.
The 2,000 year old man
One of Sid Caesar’s colleagues was Mel Brooks, with whom he would remain a friend for life. With Brooks, he made his most famous sketch: the 2000-year-old man. As so often on stage and on screen, Reiner played the calm deponent and interviewed Brooks, whom he introduced as “the man who was really at the crucifixion 2,000 years ago”. His first words: “Garoto”.
After great success at the parties, Reiner and Brooks were convinced to release the draft on record in 1960. This album was a great success, after which the two would release four more albums. For the last, from 1997, they received a Grammy.
Reiner and Brooks also performed on TV with their most famous cartoon, as here in 1967:
In the 1970s and 1980s, Reiner’s attention shifted to direction. For example, he directed four films with Steve Martin, starting with the success The Jerk from 1979.
Younger viewers will know Carl Reiner as the coup master Saul Bloom in three early-century films.
In this scene, Brad tries to convince Reiner to join:
Carl Reiner had three children, with Rob Reiner being the best known. He played Michael ‘Meathead’ Stivic in Everyone in the family and is an acclaimed director, among others When Harry first met Sally … and A few good men.