With more than 400 credits to his name, Carl Reiner has passed away, reportedly of natural causes. He was 98. One of Hollywood's most prolific entertainers, Reiner was a producer, director and actor – he was even a GRAMMY winner. Over his nearly 70 years in show business, his incredible portfolio includes movies, TV shows, audio recordings and books.
His big break came in the 50’s on “Your Show of Shows,” which is where his epic friendship with Mel Brooks was formed. In his early TV days, Reiner was well-known for playing the role of Alan Brady on the “Dick Van Dyke Show,” but later, he went on to produce and direct. Then in 2000, Reiner received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Reiner's wife of 64 years, Estelle, passed away in 2008 – and they are survived by their three children, including actor/director Rob Reiner. But of all the people dear to him, Reiner often spoke about his enduring friendship with Mel Brooks. And perhaps ironically, he tweeted an ode to those he loved most two days before he died. "Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible,” he wrote. “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."