TV pioneer Carl Reiner dies at age 98

Actor Reiner speaks at the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood

The Dick Van Dyke Show creator and TV legend Carl Reiner dies at 98

We lost Carl Reiner today.

Reiner, who died June 29 at the age of 98, joined the platform in July 2012 and reached a new generation of fans through his witticisms, amassing 6,520 messages and over 367,000 followers.

A prolific actor, director and producer, Reiner was best known for creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966 (and scored Reiner multiple Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy).

Reiner started acting in the U.S. army during World War Two. But it was in 1950 that his comedy career would truly take off after being cast in Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, where he began working with Mel Brooks and Neil Simon, and would continue to work with them in the variety show Caesar's Hour.

Aside from her professional life, Reiner had a fulfilling personal life as well.

Reiner based "The Dick Van Dyke Show", which made a star of Van Dyke and launched the career of Mary Tyler Moore, on his own experience as a television writer.

His comedic reach embraced film as well as TV, particularly in the 1970s and '80, when he directed a string of hit movies that included 1977's Oh God, with George Burns as the title character and 1979's The Jerk, which gave Steve Martin his high profile starring debut. He also appeared as Alan Brady, the egotistical and overbearing boss to Van Dyke's character, stealing numerous scenes and episodes he appeared in. 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. As a filmmaker, Reiner had a hand in turning Steve Martin into a big comedy star on the big screen. Since 2000, he has appeared in TV and film projects including Ally McBeal, Parks and Recreation, Two and a Half Men, Hot in Cleveland, and Bob's Burgers.

He later appeared as an elderly con man in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven.

Reiner's acting career was even longer lived than his directing: Just a year ago, he voiced the character Carl Reineroceros in Toy Story 4.

But many remember Reiner for "The Dick Van Dyke Show", one of the most popular television series of all time and a model of ensemble playing, physical comedy and timeless, good-natured wit.

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