Hollywood dignitaries, from Rob Reiner to George Clooney, took to social media on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Carl Reiner. Reiner, the 98-year-old whose legendary career as a comedy writer, director and producer spanned over 60 years, died Monday of natural causes.
His son Rob Reiner wrote, “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
Clooney, who collaborated with Reiner on the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies, told Variety, “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend.”
Reiner’s longtime friend Alan Alda said, “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl.”
Steve Martin — the star of several films directed by Reiner, including “The Jerk,” “All of Me” with Lily Tomlin, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” and “The Man With Two Brains” — tweeted on Tuesday, “Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl.”
Dick Van Dyke, star of Reiner’s classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” offered his condolences. “My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy,” Van Dyke wrote on Twitter. “He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.”
Bernadette Peters, who starred in Reiner’s 1979 screwball comedy “The Jerk” with Martin, said, “Dearest Carl this was your last tweet always always caring til the end. We shall miss you very much.”
Jerry Seinfeld said, “Anyone in comedy who got to know or even just meet Carl Reiner felt that they had been given a great gift.”
Bette Midler, who played Lilly Leonard in Reiner’s romantic comedy “That Old Feeling,” wrote, “I worked with him, loved him, and consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have once attended lunch with his hilarious, guarrulous gang…”
Actress Amber Tamblyn, who briefly worked with Reiner on “Two and a Half Men,” shared a photo from set with Holland Taylor. She captioned the picture, “We will miss you, Carl. You were a gift to this world.”
Three days before he died, Reiner, who was prolific on Twitter, reflected on his own life. “Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost—who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world,” he wrote.
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