Alan Alda, William Shatner, More Stars Pay Tribute to Carl Reiner: "A Master at His Craft"


8:23 AM PDT 6/30/2020 by Alexandra Del Rosario

'The Dick Van Dyke Show' creator and 12-time Emmy Award winner died Monday night of natural causes. He was 98.

Hollywood took to social media on Tuesday morning to mourn the death of Carl Reiner, who died Monday night at the age of 98. The writer, director and actor was known for creating The Dick Van Dyke Show and his work with Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks as well as jump-starting Steve Martin's big-screen career by directing him in The Jerk.

"Last night my dad passed away," his multi-hyphenate son, Rob Reiner tweeted on Tuesday. "As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."

Carl Reiner's wife, Estelle, died in October 2008. In addition to son Rob Reiner, the elder Reiner is survived by daughter Anne and son Lucas. 

Along with Rob Reiner, other Hollywood figures shared their feelings and memories of the elder Reiner, who recently appeared in Ocean's Eleven and its subsequent franchise installments, on social media. 

George Clooney, who starred alongside Reiner in the Ocean's franchise, paid tribute in a statement on Tuesday: "Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend."

Steve Martin, who played Navin in The Jerk, tweeted about Reiner and the entertainment legend's influence on him, dubbing him "my greatest mentor in movies and in life."

"My friend Carl Reiner died last night. His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts," Alan Alda wrote on Twitter. "We love you, Carl."

Director Edgar Wright thanked the Reiner for his work, specifically a scene from his 1979 title The Jerk

"RIP to the comedy legend Carl Reiner. Who gave us so much laughter in film and TV, in front and behind the  camera," he tweeted. "Apart from anything else, thank you for this, the most romantic bedroom scene of all time."

See more reactions to Reiner's death below.

Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 30, 2020

Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl.

— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) June 30, 2020

My friend Carl Reiner died last night. His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl.

— Alan Alda (@alanalda) June 30, 2020

Condolences to the family of Carl Reiner. From the writers room of Sid Caesar to recreating those times for the Dick Van Dyke show, Carl was a master at his craft. I knew him only peripherally but it was a pleasure to have known him.

— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 30, 2020

The Greatest.

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 30, 2020

So sad to hear about @carlreiner Not only did he make my favorite TV& movies (see:Where’s Poppa) but his humanity was beyond compare. His heart was so full of love. Never left his house empty handed- book, space pen, Swiss Army knife. RIP to a man that embodies the word mensch

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) June 30, 2020

RIP #Carl Reiner - A brilliant comedy talent w/heart & intellect whether writing, directing, producing or performing. Try estimating how many times in your life this fella’s work made you laugh. I count well over 3k for me & growing. Thank you, Carl.

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 30, 2020

Carl Reiner was comedy genius. Often that genius made other funny people even funnier. But give him a stage and he could spin laughter out of any moment. I watched him do it time and again. His contributions to comedy are eternal. And a lovely man, as well. #ripCarlReiner

— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) June 30, 2020

As if 2020 weren’t cruel enough. Goodbye to one of the greatest comedic minds of all time. Thank you for always making us laugh and for always giving us joy. My deepest condolences go out to the entire Reiner family. RIP #CarlReiner

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 30, 2020

Thanks for the near century of your life and gifts, Carl Reiner. Your heart, your humor, your spirit will live on in all of us. The stars are twinkling just a bit more merrily today with you there to entertain the heavens.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 30, 2020

Carl Reiner was a legend. Writer, director, actor, innovator. He helped shape so much in comedy. If you have time today put “Mel brooks and Carl Reiner” into youtube and enjoy two of the funniest humans making each other laugh for over 50 years.

— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) June 30, 2020

The great #CarlReiner has gone to that Show of Shows in the sky. I worked with him, loved him, and consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have once attended lunch with his hilarious, guarrulous gang...

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) June 30, 2020

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