Carl Reiner, comedy legend and director of ‘The Jerk,’ dead at 98

Carl Reiner speaks onstage at the LA Premiere of “If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast” from HBO Documentaries on May 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Carl Reiner, the comedy legend whose career spanned seven decades, has died. He was 98.

The prolific entertainer, director, actor, screenwriter and publisher died Monday night, said his son, Rob Reiner, the actor and director.

He died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California, according to Variety. 

In 1950, after getting his start on Broadway, Reiner was cast on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows.” He also was among the writers for the show, alongside Mel Brooks and Neil Simon and others. He also appeared on the “Dick Van Dyke Show,” a sitcom he created in the 1960s.

He directed more than a dozen films during his career, including “The Jerk” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” with Steve Martin; “Sibling Rivalry,” starring Kristie Alley and Carrie Fisher; and “That Old Feeling” with Bette Midler.

Reiner also appeared on number of other TV shows, including “Two and Half Men,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “House.” He was also part of the cast of “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.”

One of his last credits was voicing Carl Reineroceros in “Toy Story 4” and the Disney+ show “Forky Asks a Question.”

Correction: An earlier version misstated the roles of Mel Brooks and Neil Simon on “Your Show of Shows.” They were writers.

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