Carl Reiner, a revered and versatile comedy entertainer who won nine Emmies and stayed active into the 1990s with roles in movies such as the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise, has died at the age of 98. She added her comments to a tweet by another Two and a Half Men alumna, Amber Tamblyn, who accompanied her tribute to Reiner with a photo from a scene she shared with him and Taylor on the show.
Reiner was born March 20, 1922, in the Bronx and was working in a factory repairing sewing machines when his brother saw an ad in the New York Daily News promoting a free acting workshop.
Reiner and Brooks remained close into their late 90s with Reiner telling USA Today in 2019 that they got together regularly to watch game shows and movies. But his career took a decisive turn after he joined the Army Signal Corps during World War Two. Reiner acted both as cast member and as part of the writing staff that also included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart. He would go on to appear in shows titled Inside U.S.A. and Alive and Kicking on Broadway.
In 1995, Reiner received the Writers Guild's lifetime achievement award for a career in TV writing.More news: Fauci warns of "very disturbing" trends in US coronavirus outbreak
Network executives initially passed on the project, unhappy with Reiner as the lead character, Rob Petrie.
He also won Emmys for his work on Caesar's Hour, Mad About You and The Dick Van Dyke Show. 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.
After The Dick Van Dyke Show came to an end, Reiner began his career as a director, helming such films as the adaptation of Joseph Stein's play Enter Laughing in 1967 (which was actually based on his own semi-autobiographical 1958 novel of the same name). The series, considered a TV sitcom classic, ended its run in 1966.
He later directed George Burns in the title role of the 1977 comedy film "Oh God!" before collaborating with Steve Martin for a string of movies, including "The Jerk", "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and "The Man with Two Brains".More news: Victoria reports 64 new infections, Queensland shuts its border
Later, Reiner appeared in the remake of "Ocean's Eleven" and the sequels "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen" as Saul Bloom.
Reiner wrote four volumes of memoirs, including "I Just Remembered" in 2014, as well as children's books.
Along with Brooks, Reiner became an icon of Jewish-American comedy for the pair's sketch routines, most famously The 2000 Year Old Man which first appeared on record in 1960, and grew out of their work as writers on Sid Caesar's hit TV comedy Your Show of Shows.More news: India's First COVID-19 Vaccine Gets DCGI Approval For Human Trial