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

"As I write this my heart is hurting".

In 1961 he created the iconic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, which followed the home life of a TV writer named Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) and his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore).

Carl Reiner, the comedy actor and creator whose career spanned eight decades, has died at the age of 98. He is survived by their children, actor/director Rob Reiner, daughter Sylvia Anne, and son Lucas, as well as six grandchildren and five great-granchildren. He was known for his work in Caesar's 1950s troupe, as the snarling, toupée-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.

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 got his start in acting, performing on several Broadway musicals including Inside U.S.A and Alive and Kicking.

In his early years Reiner worked with comedy legends such as Syd Caesar and Mel Brooks, a close friend.

He continued, "When we were doing "The 2000 Year Old Man" together there was no better straight man in the world".

The pairing helped launch the careers of both men and spawned multiple comedy albums and a TV special.

Films he directed included Oh, God! starring George Burns and John Denver; All of Me, with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin; and the 1970 comedy Where's Poppa? 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. He recounted his childhood and creative journey in the 2013 book, I Remember Me.

In 1943 he married cabaret singer Estelle Lebost, who would become renowned herself for her one-line role in her son's film When Harry Met Sally: "I'll have what she's having".

The legendary producer, writer, director, and actor Carl Reiner is dead at 98.

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.

Reiner won nine Emmy Awards and one Grammy Award during his career.

Carl and Rob Reiner made history in 2017 as the first father and son to have their hand and footprints memorialized in cement in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Later, Reiner appeared in the remake of "Ocean's Eleven" and the sequels "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen" as Saul Bloom. Associated Press contributed to the report.

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