Carl Reiner LIFE & TIMES OF A COM­EDY LEG­END

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BELOVED comic ge­nius Carl Reiner, who made Amer­ica laugh for more than 60 years, died

June 29 of nat­u­ral causes at his Bev­erly Hills home at age 98, and The Na­tional EN­QUIRER is tak­ing a look back at his in­cred­i­ble life in pic­tures!

The fa­mous fun­ny­man — who was a gifted writer, di­rec­tor and per­former — left be­hind an enor­mous le­gacy of work.

Born in the Bronx, the for­mer ma­chin­ist cre­ated “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and won mul­ti­ple Emmy Awards for his writ­ing on that se­ries. He based the sit­com on his ex­pe­ri­ences as a scribe in the 1950s along­side com­edy gi­ants like Mel Brooks and

Neil Si­mon for Sid Cae­sar’s “Your Show of Shows.”

The TV vet­eran also di­rected many big-screen come­dies, in­clud­ing “Oh, God!” with Ge­orge Burns and Steve Martin’s “The Jerk.” In ad­di­tion, he formed a life­long friend­ship with fel­low com­edy icon Mel, and the pair won Grammy Awards in 1998 for their famed “2000-Year-Old Man” rou­tine. “Carl was a giant, un­matched in his con­tri­bu­tions to en­ter­tain­ment,” said his dev­as­tated pal.

“So whether he wrote or per­formed or he was just your best friend — no­body could do it bet­ter.”

Mean­while, Martin called him “my great­est men­tor in movies and life.”

In his later years, he reignited his ca­reer as an ac­tor, ap­pear­ing in all three films in the “Ocean’s Eleven” se­ries, steal­ing scenes from heavy­weights like Ge­orge Clooney, Brad Pitt and Ju­lia Roberts.

“Carl Reiner made ev­ery room he walked into fun­nier, smarter, kinder,” Ge­orge said in a state­ment.

“His was a life well lived and we’re all the bet­ter for it.” Dick Van Dyke tweeted, “His scripts were never just funny, they al­ways had some­thing to say about us.”

An­other tele­vi­sion giant, 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.”

Carl passed the gift of show­biz on to son Rob

Reiner, 73, who be­came an ac­com­plished ac­tor and di­rec­tor him­self, and called his late dad “my guid­ing light.”

Com­edy leg­ends Sid Cae­sar, Imo­gene Coca and Carl yukked it up from 1950 to 1954 on “Your Show of He grilled (clock­wise from top) Cliff Ar­quette (aka Charley Weaver), Zsa Zsa Ga­bor, Nick Adams, Olivia de Hav­il­land and Jim Backus on the ’60s quiz show “The Celebrity Game” — a pre­cur­sor to “Hol­ly­wood Squares” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” Emmy win­ners in 1964: (from left) Richard Dea­con, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick, pro­ducer Shel­don Leonard, Carl — who won for Out­stand­ing Writ­ing Achieve­ment in a Se­ries — and di­rec­tor Jerry Paris

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