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Comedy icon Carl Reiner has passed away aged 98

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George Clooney at Carl Reiner’s Television Academy tribute

"He was my guiding light", Reiner's actor-filmmaker son Rob Reiner tweeted.

Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner are honored with Hand and Footprint Ceremony, part of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 7, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

He performed that sketch with fellow comedy legend Mel Brooks. "He gained the utmost popularity in 60s when he created, produced, wrote and starred in his show ' The Dick Van Dyke Show".

While, in 1943 only he married his wife, Estelle Lebsot. I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on 'Your Show of Shows'and we have been best friends ever since. "Anyone in comedy who got to know or even just meet Cark Reiner felt hat they had been given a great gift", he tweeted.

We here at CinemaBlend send our thoughts to Carl Reiner's loved ones at this time. "He will be greatly missed".

Mel Brooks, in paying tribute to Reiner, said "Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment".

Asked why the cross became a symbol for Christianity, for example, Brooks replied: "It was easier to put together than the Star of David". 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 (sic) gang." while Dick Van Dyke, who worked with the actor on the US sitcom from 1961 to 1966, posted: "100% pure mensch (person of integrity and honour).

Network executives initially passed on the project, unhappy with Reiner as the lead character, Rob Petrie. The show won Emmys for writing its first three years and for producing its last two.

The special features the episode "Coast to Coast Big Mouth", in which Laura Petrie blurts out a top secret on a national television quiz show, revealing that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee.

He was especially proud of his books, including Enter Laughing, an autobiographical novel later adapted into a film and Broadway show; and My Anecdotal Life, a memoir published in 2003.

He later appeared as an elderly con man in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven. He had guest appearances in several other TV shows over the years including Frasier, Mad About You, House, Seinfeld, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show, Ally McBeal, The Bernie Mac Show, Two and a Half Men.

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