Comedic legend Carl Reiner died Monday night, prompting an outpouring of love from fans and those the 98-year-old worked with during his seven-decade-long career in television, film, books and Broadway.
“Thanks for the near-century of your life and gifts, Carl Reiner,” tweets “Star Trek” actor George Takei. “Your heart, your humor, your spirit will live on in all of us. The stars are twinkling just a bit more merrily today with you there to entertain the heavens.”
“Condolences to the family of Carl Reiner,” writes William Shatner. “From the writers room of Sid Caesar to recreating those times for the Dick Van Dyke show, Carl was a master at his craft. I knew him only peripherally but it was a pleasure to have known him.”
For some, Reiner was the embodiment of humor.
“RIP, Carl Reiner. One of the first people young me recognized as being funny. I was right,” writes pundit Charles P. Pierce. “May his memory be the blessing his life was.”
“Try estimating how many times in your life this fella’s work made you laugh. I count well over 3k for me & growing. Thank you, Carl,” writes Ron Howard.
His influence was global, profoundly so in the United States.
“An innovator, entertainer and beloved icon, his nearly century of life was like a roadmap through American culture,” memorializes Dan Rather. “His wit and courage never left him. My heartfelt condolences to his family.”
“Carl Reiner, Bronx born and bred, made TV comedy that endures to this day. He made America laugh — a true gift,” tweets Governor Cuomo.
His legacy, for many, was about far more than his humor.
“Not only did he make my favorite TV & movies (see: Where’s Poppa) but his humanity was beyond compare,” writes Sarah Silverman. “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.”