Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, More Stars Pay Tribute to Carl Reiner: "A Master at His Craft"

'The Dick Van Dyke Show' creator and multiple Emmy Award winner died Monday night of natural causes. He was 98.

Hollywood took to social media on Tuesday morning to mourn the death of Carl Reiner, who died Monday night at the age of 98. The writer, director and actor was known for creating The Dick Van Dyke Show and his work with Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks as well as jump-starting Steve Martin's big-screen career by directing him in The Jerk.

"Last night my dad passed away," his multi-hyphenate son, Rob Reiner tweeted on Tuesday. "As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."

Carl Reiner's wife, Estelle, died in October 2008. In addition to son Rob Reiner, the elder Reiner is survived by daughter Anne and son Lucas. 

The leading man of Reiner's The Dick Van Dyke Show shared his feelings on Twitter about the loss of his friend and partner. "He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of," Van Dyke wrote. 

Along with Rob Reiner and Van Dyke, other Hollywood figures shared their feelings and memories of the elder Reiner, who recently appeared in Ocean's Eleven and its subsequent franchise installments, on social media. 

Mel Brooks wrote in a statement to THR, "Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment. He created comedy gems like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jerk and Where’s Poppa? I met him in 1950 when he joined Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows and we’ve been best friends ever since. I loved him. When we were doing The 2000 Year Old Man together there was no better straight man in the world. So whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend—nobody could do it better. He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliché in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true. He will be greatly missed."

Ray Romano also remembered Reiner in a statement.  "Anyone who writes,  performs or simply enjoys comedy needs to say a prayer of thanks for what Carl Reiner did in his lifetime. He was legendary.  A comedic actor, writer, producer  who opened so many doors for all of us. A lovely, talented soul who will be greatly missed." 

George Clooney, who starred alongside Reiner in the Ocean's franchise, paid tribute to the multiple Emmy Award winner in a statement on Tuesday: "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."

Steve Martin, who played Navin in The Jerk, tweeted about Reiner and the entertainment legend's influence on him, dubbing him "my greatest mentor in movies and in life."

"My friend Carl Reiner died last night. His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts," Alan Alda wrote on Twitter. "We love you, Carl."

Ron Howard tweeted about Reiner's excellence in not only writing and directing, but also producing and performing. Howard also asked his followers to reflect on how Reiner brought laughter and joy to their lives. 

Edgar Wright thanked the Reiner for his work, specifically a scene from his 1979 title The Jerk

"RIP to the comedy legend Carl Reiner. Who gave us so much laughter in film and TV, in front and behind the  camera," he tweeted. "Apart from anything else, thank you for this, the most romantic bedroom scene of all time."

Conan O'Brien also tweeted about Reiner, citing him as an inspiration. The comedian said that he doubts anyone can measure Reiner's comedic impact with only words. The comedian also highlighted Reiner's ability to find humor in anything. "Carl was funny about every facet of life, even death, and if he could be with us now he would give a eulogy for himself that would blow the roof off any synagogue, church or mosque," he wrote. 

Jerry Seinfeld, who joked when he presented the Mark Twain prize to Reiner that Twain should be receiving an award named for Reiner, wrote in part, "Anyone in comedy who got to know or even just meet Carl Reiner felt that they had been given a great gift. His comedy energy was one of pure joyfulness. It’s an unusual quality in our world and I have always tried to emulate him that way."

The Directors Guild of America president Thomas Schlamme said in a statement, "Our world is sadder today with the loss of DGA Honorary Life Member Carl Reiner. Carl was one of the great talents spanning multiple generations both in front of and behind the camera. A major Hollywood heavyweight, he was a shaper of the Golden Age of Television, a gifted filmmaker, an enduring comedic legend and a force on stage. To add to that, he was so incredibly generous and giving of himself, as a close collaborator with the giants of the past and present, a mentor and inspiration to many, and as a treasured member of the DGA family...  We will forever hold him in the highest regard. Our hearts are with Rob and the entire Reiner family.”

Comedian Jamie Farr wrote in a statement, "I owe Carl Reiner the resurrection of my career.  I served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959 and when I returned to civilian life I went back to my acting career in Hollywood.  No one would hire me as I had no current credits other than serving my country in the military.  It was Carl who did not care if I had any current credits or even an agent and hired me to play Snappy Service the deli delivery boy on his new series The Dick Van Dyke show.  l shall never forget his kindness, generosity and faith in me.  I shall always being honored knowing and working for him."

"Carl had one of the quickest, brightest, and funniest minds in, and out of, show business!" wrote actress Elaine Ballace.  "A true genius and mensch.  I will always treasure having worked with/for Carl in the movie, The One and Only, however, my favorite experience was watching Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks perform, live, some of The 2000 Year Old Man, at a live Performance at a Mel Brooks Live show.  R.I.P. Carl Reiner, and thank you, for all the laughs and legendary work that you shared with the world!"

Singer and actress Lucie Arnaz, daughter of the late Lucille Ball, remembered Reiner as "one of my first comedy idols." She went on to say, As a tennis doubles partner, Carl was the most fun and most generous team mate. As a dinner partner, he was the one you always wanted to sit next to. I have no idea what Mel Brooks will do for dinner now. I ache for him and for everyone else he left behind. Carl's brand of humor - straight face-playing against the zaniness of Mel's improvisations in The 2000 Year Old Man routine will always be my go to feel better memory. His smarts in producing comedy were among the finest in this business. He was a KING. He was also a doll - one of the kindest people you could know. His wife, Estelle, his son, Rob, and his whole family were and still are menches. It's important that we make sure Donald Trump is removed from office, as that was one thing Carl said he wanted to see before he died. I'm on it, Carl!"

Meanwhile, actor Barry Livingston also shared a tribute. "I worked with Carl when I was seven years old on The Dick Van Dyke Show.  Forty years later he hired me again for his film, Fatal Instinct.  Nobody kinder and more generous in Hollywood. A real mensch."

Richard Steven Horvitz also shared a memory of Reiner. "I was in the movie Summer School," he wrote in a statement. "I played the character of Alan Eakian and Carl directed the film for Paramount.  I have many recollections of Carl, as I have stayed in touch with him over the years.  The one thing that Carl, always asked me every time I saw him was, are you being a good dad? A good husband? That is all he cared about and what was important to him.  He was beyond supportive."

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