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Carl Reiner and his son, actor and director Rob Reiner.

Tributes To Carl Reiner Pour In After News Of His Death

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By Emily Reily

Comedy legend Carl Reiner, who created the "Dick Van Dyke Show" and was a constant collaborator with his friend, Mel Brooks, has died at 9 on June 29, and tributes are coming in from all around Hollywood and the nation.

Reiner was a writer, actor, director and producer responsible for classics like "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and was a writer on "Your Show Of Shows."

Reiner's son, Rob Reiner, tweeted: "Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."

From left: Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner.
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Comedian Sarah Silverman wrote: "So sad to hear about @carlreiner. Not only did he make my favorite TV& movies (see:Where’s Poppa) but his humanity was beyond compare. His heart was so full of love. Never left his house empty handed- book, space pen, Swiss Army knife. RIP to a man that embodies the word mensch."

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George Clooney, who worked with Carl Reiner on the Oceans 11 movies, released a statement in tribute to the late actor.

“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.”

For Ocean's 11, Reiner played Saul Bloom, who could transform himself into any personality for whatever scheme he was plotting. Clooney played the title character. For younger fans, this may have been their entry point for Carl Reiner material.

Carl Reiner and Goldie Hawn in a skit in 1970.
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During a Television Academy tribute to Reiner in 2012, Clooney talked about how Reiner made it all seem so easy.

“You do it all so well. You write so well, you act so well, you direct so well, and you do it all with the greatest, greatest amount of class. You show up on the set of the Ocean’s films with us, and all we do is talk with you.

Some of the most fun I’ve ever had is watching a group of actors sitting around in a circle, asking you questions, and you entertaining for such a long time.”

Carl Reiner's influence in Hollywood stretches back decades.
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Actor, musician and standup comedian Steve Martin wrote "Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl."

Albert Brooks tweeted: "R.I.P. Carl Reiner. Growing up Carl was like a second dad to me. He was the greatest. Not just as a comic legend but as a man. There was no one else this funny and this nice. I loved him."

Actor Michael McKean wrote: "It will take a while to process losing Carl Reiner because he’s been making me laugh since I was little. That’s some very funny processing helping leaven the sadness. Thank you, Carl. You done good."

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