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Profile of the Day: Carl Reiner

Today we remember comedy legend Carl Reiner, who has passed away at the age of 98. With a career that spanned seven decades, Reiner was not only a gifted comedic performer, but also a talented writer, director, and producer.

Image: Carl Reiner / Wikimedia Commons

Reiner was born on March 20, 1922 in the Bronx in New York City, New York to Irving Reiner, a watchmaker, and Bessie Mathias. From a young age, Reiner wanted to be an actor. During World War II, Reiner served in the U.S. Army’s entertainment unit as a comedian and actor and toured South Pacific bases until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

After the Army, Reiner found work as a stand-up comedian and stage actor. He showed off his comedic chops to a wider audience on television on shows such as Sid Caesar’s variety show, Your Show of Shows. He was also the creator of the classic television sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show starring Dick Van Dyke. It was on the show that he began his career as a director. Reiner would go on to write and direct several films, including four that starred Steve Martin.

A multi-talented comedic legend, Reiner received multiple awards and recognition throughout his life, including 9 Emmy awards, a Grammy, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

RIP Carl Reiner.

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