This morning, we learned of Carl Reiner's passing.
He was one of show business' best liked men, the tall, bald Reiner was a welcome face on the small and silver screens, in Caesar's 1950s troupe, as the snarling, toupee-wearing Alan Brady of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and in such films as "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".
"He passed away last night at the age of 98 of natural causes, at his home in Beverly Hills", Reiner's assistant Judy Nagy told Reuters on Tuesday. Reiner, a nine-time Emmy victor, is the father of actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner.
Carl Reiner was born on March 20, 1922 and grew up in The Bronx, New York. Carl's brother Charlie brought his attention to a free dramatic workshop being put on by the Works Progress Administration, and that put him on a path to being an actor.
Reiner got his start in acting, performing on several Broadway musicals including Inside U.S.A and Alive and Kicking.
Reiner was part of Caesar's ensemble of performers as well as a celebrated writing team that included such then-unknown talents as Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart.
In his early years Reiner worked with comedy legends such as Syd Caesar and Mel Brooks, a close friend. It won five Emmies.
In 1959, Reiner developed a television pilot inspired by his own personal and professional life. It was after that success that Reiner turned his sights toward creating what would become "The Dick Van Dyke Show", on which he had originally planned to star. On the show, Reiner would guest star as temperamental show host Alan Brady, and would write numerous episodes.
In one of the series' best moments, not to mention one of the best in sitcom history, Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) and his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) watch a scary sci-fi movie before bed. He would also direct Where's Poppa in 1970, and Oh, God! in 1977. After its impressive box office figures, the pair made three more films in a row - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983) and All of Me (1984) - all of which were substantial successes.
As an actor, Reiner appeared in various TV shows and movies over the years.
But Reiner never strayed far from television, continuing to make guest appearances on various shows such as "Two and a Half Men" and "Hot in Cleveland" well into his 90s, as well as keeping up a busy Twitter account.