Following his death at 98, Carl Reiner's son Rob Reiner is remembering his dad in an emotional social media post. In a brief tweet, Rob shared the news that his iconic father "passed away," and expressed that his "heart is hurting." He then referred to his father as his "guiding light."
Many have since replied to Rob's post with sympathy and support, including The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes, who wrote back, "Our hearts are broken. There will never be another like him." Comedian and actor Dane Cook also commented, writing, "My condolences Rob, your father made the world smile." Finally, MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid offered her sympathies as well. "Oh Rob, I’m so sorry. Your father was such a light in this world, for all of us. Deepest condolences," she wrote. "Sending all the love and hugs the cyberworld can muster."
Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 30, 2020
Reiner was born in 1922 in The Bronx, New York City, and grew up to become a trailblazer of modern comedy through his brilliant writing, producing, acting and directing. He is often most well-known as the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show. As a director, Reiner gave the world a number of hilarious films, including three classics starring Steve Martin: The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, and The Man with Two Brains. Additionally, he was also a co-writer of the latter two films.
Reiner and fellow comedy legend Mel Brooks formed a comedy duo in the 1950s, launching their act with the beloved "2000 Year Old Man" routine. As an actor, Reiner appeared in many of the films he directed, as well as movies like Slums of Beverly Hills, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the Ocean's Eleven franchise. He also did quite a lot of TV acting, turning up on shows like Mad About You, The Bernie Mac Show, Two and a Half Men, and Parks and Recreation.
On top of all his incredible work in front of and behind the camera, Reiner also performed in the theater and was an accomplished author. Some of his books include: How Paul Robeson Saved My Life (and Other Mostly Happy Stories), Why & When The Dick Van Dyke Show Was Born, and Just Desserts: A Novellelah. He also had a series of biographies titled I Remember Me, I Just Remembered, and What I Forgot To Remember.