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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 30 June 2020 at 8:10am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Actor/Director Carl Reiner passed away yesterday at age 98.

I remember him best, as most of you probably do, from The Dick Van Dyke Show, where he played Rob Petrie's boss, actor Alan Brady, where he was the creator of the show and took part is writing all 158 episodes, winning three Emmy Awards as the show's writer and two as its producer.
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So long Alan. Great show, sir. I'll have to watch the Bellagio scene from Ocean's 11 yet again.
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Sorry to hear this! One of the funniest...!

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Saddened by this. I do remember wondering how old he was when we
were watching Hollywood and Rob was in it.
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Alan Brady also appeared on MAD ABOUT YOU. Which I thought was
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Met him thru THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW. A rare talent.
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I found Carl Reiner through his son, Rob. Came to love him and his talents as I discovered Mel Brooks. It warmed my heart to see him in Ocean's Eleven. I'm very sad about his passing, but glad to know his work.
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At 98, it's hard to say it's an untimely passing, but that doesn't ease the sting. He was a singular talent and a rare force in comedy. He will be deeply missed.
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Just YESTERDAY I was watching an old Carson clip with C.R. and Mel Brooks. Hysterical. Their appearance in Jerry Seinfeld's COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE is one of the highlights of that series. He seemed like a genuinely nice man.
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Saw that segment too and it was brilliant.
I also remember Max Brooks talking about taking mask-wearing, social distancing and self-isolation seriously. Paraphrasing: "If I went over to my dad's house and I'm sick, I'd pass it to Dad, Carl Reiner, Dick van Dyke and who knows how many more? I'd wipe out a generation of comedy."
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Agreed with your CARS assessment, Rick.
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THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW was one of the first sitcoms I got into as a kid - I
still love it. I didn't find out until years later that Reiner shot a pilot with himself
as the lead. I think he could have pulled it off, but I am glad we got Dick Van
Dyke, who brought such wonderful physicality to Reiner's excellent dialogue
for a perfect lead.

He always seemed to be on the cutting edge of comedy. His collaborations
with Steve Martin, especially DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID and THE MAN
WITH TWO BRAINS. And teaming Lily Tomlin with Martin gave us the
exceptional ALL OF ME - a career high for all three of them.

I remember seeing OH GOD in the theater in the 1970s - it was a great crowd
pleaser. I revisited it in the last few years and it really holds up. Reiner sneaks
himself into the film as a guest on in-movie episode of The Dinah Shore Show.

Reiner's work with Sid Caesar is before my time, but great to see on YouTube.
As both a performer and writer, it's clear that this was how he came on the
scene. I also didn't see THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE
COMING until a few years ago - he has such a huge body of work that he has
popped up all over the place throughout his career. A real journeyman writer
and comedian.


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