Carl Reiner, the legendary comedian, actor, and director whose career spanned seven decades, has died at the age of 98.

According to TMZ, Reiner died Monday, June 29th, at his home in Beverly Hills.

Born in New York City on March 20th, 1922, Reiner grew up in a Jewish immigrant family from The Bronx. Entertainment came calling for Reiner when his older brother Charlie clued him into a free dramatic workshop being put on by the Works Progress Administration. As we know now, talent runs through the Reiner family tree, and it was his uncle Harry Mathias who would set the bar by becoming the first entertainer of their bloodline — a bar that Reiner would all but shatter.

Case in point: Not even World War II could stop Reiner’s pursuit of the stage. Although he was drafted into the Army Air Forces in 1943, a three-month bout of pneumonia sent Reiner to Georgetown University, where he put on a Molière play entirely in French after learning the language as an interpreter. Having amused the men at top, Reiner was eventually transferred to Special Services to entertain troops around the Pacific until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

By the early ’50s, Reiner had already conquered Broadway and was primed for the next chapter of his career. The proverbial page turned for him when he was cast in Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, a gig that would ultimately define his life by pairing him alongside writers Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Shortly after, the three of them went to work on Ceasar’s Hour, where he’d expand his repertoire of talent with the likes of Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin, and the list goes on.

It was the ’60s, however,

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