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Carl Reiner’s best movies, performances and quotes during legendary career

Carl Reiner’s legendary, seven-decade-long career in television, film, books and Broadway came to an end Monday when he died at his home in Beverly Hills.

But the Bronx-born 98-year-old’s legacy will live on forever.

Born on March 20, 1922, to Jewish immigrants from Austria and Romania, Reiner, a true Renaissance man, made a permanent imprint on American comedy.

The entertainment icon won nine Emmys, a Grammy and a place in the Recording Academy’s Hall of Fame, acted in over 40 films, held countless TV roles — including variety-show host Alan Brady on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” — directed 15 movies and wrote more than 20 books, among them memoirs and children’s stories.

Here are some of the best moments in an iconic career.

Classic live TV

In 1950, at the age of 28, Reiner got his big showbiz break as Sid Caesar’s second banana in the sketch comedy “Your Show of Shows.” It boasted a legendary writing staff, including future playwright Neil Simon and Mel Brooks, who became Reiner’s longtime comedy partner.

He wrote for and appeared on “Your Shows of Shows,” one of early TV’s biggest hits. The witty, sophisticated sketch show starred Caesar and Imogene Coca from 1950-54. Reiner also wrote for and appeared on the follow-up, “Caesar’s Hour,” from 1954-57.

“Honestly, the only reason I remember for wanting to be an actor is that I wanted to sleep late. I swear that’s true. Since I was a kid I used to say, ‘I’m going into a field where I can sleep late,’?” the veteran actor-director-producer-writer told The Post in 1958.

“Somebody suggested dramatic school. So I went,” Reiner said at the time. “Sleeping late is always on my mind.”

Sketch comedy

Article source: https://nypost.com/2020/06/30/carl-reiner-dead-at-98-his-best-movies-performances-quotes/

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