Reiner was born March 20, 1922, in the Bronx and was working in a factory repairing sewing machines when his brother saw an ad in the New York Daily News promoting a free acting workshop.
He was more reliable as a supporting actor, taking prominent roles in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966). In the 1950s, fellow writers on Your Show of Shows included Brooks and Neil Simon, creating a combination of silliness and satire. I love you Carl.
Reiner and Brooks remained close into their late 90s with Reiner telling USA Today in 2019 that they got together regularly to watch game shows and movies. He was 98 years old.
Network executives initially passed on the project, unhappy with Reiner as the lead character, Rob Petrie. Originally, Reiner had developed the series with himself in mind to star in the lead role, though the network opted to recast the part and give the sitcom's starring role to Dick Van Dyke.
Reiner, who earned several Emmys writing and producing the hit series, played the recurring role of Petrie's boss, the temperamental variety show host Alan Brady.
Reiner reprised the role of Brady on "Mad About You" and won an Emmy for his performance - one of nine he won in his career.
Alan Alda, Bette Midler, William Shatner, Steve Martin, Mitzi Gaynor, Al Roker, Ed Asner, Ron Howard, Mia Farrow, Josh Gad, Stephen King, Yvette Nicole Brown, George Takei, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Jason Alexander and many more stars have honored the veteran comedy actor, writer, director and producer on social media.
The following year, Reiner made his feature film directing and producing debut with Enter Laughing, which he adapted from a Joseph Stein play that was based on Reiner's semiautobiographical 1958 book of the same name.
Reiner, a nine-time Emmy victor, was also famous for his collaborations with Mel Brooks, with whom he made the comedy album "2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks", and Steve Martin, who starred in Reiner's films "The Jerk", "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", "Man with Two Brains" and "All of Me". His final movie role came in last year's animated epic Toy Story 4 as the voice of Carl Reineroceros.
Reiner returned to that role in two Ocean's sequels. As I write this my heart is hurting.
Carl also made appearances on several TV shows during his successful Hollywood career, including "Two and Half Men" and "Hot in Cleveland".