American Comedian Carl Rainer, actor, director, writer, producer and Monash, dies at 98:

American Comedian Carl Rainer's career began as a television comedy in the 1950s and lasted for more than six decades.

The actor, director, writer and producer died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills on Monday night.

Rainer is part of a generation of Jewish comics that helped define American comedy in the 20th century.

He was born Carlton Rainer in the Bronx in 1922 to parents who emigrated from Europe. He started as a serious actor, then a stand-up comic.

In 1950, comedian Sid Caesar hired Carl Rainer for the leading live TV sketch comedy program, Your Show of Show.

Carl Rainer was a writer among others, including Woody Allen, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks. He also acted as a supporting player.

Carl Rainer always seemed to work best - with Caesar, Brooks, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, George Clooney, Amy Poehler.

Along with Brooks, Carl Rainer co-created one of the most memorable characters in American comedy - this 2,000-year-old man.

It started as a party joke, and became a huge hit on albums, in clubs, and on television. In Skeet, Rainer interviewed Brooks, who played the oldest person in the world.

Reiner's most memorable solo work dates back to the 1960s when he wrote a script for a TV sitcom called Head of the Family.

It was about a TV comedy writer and he was the star. But Riner couldn’t sell the show until someone else led - that someone else turned into Dick Van Dyke.

The Dick Van Dyke Show was a milestone on an American TV sitcom. Carl Rainer wrote many episodes and he played the character of the show’s arrogant and arrogant star Alan Brady in the show.

The show ran from 1961 to 1966. It starred both Van Dyke and Mary Taylor Moore.

"He was not only my mentor and good friend, but also probably the best comedy writer of all time," Van Dyke told Carl Rainer in a 2015 NPR interview.

Carl Rainer was a funny man. But if there was a theme to his career, it made other comics fun. He was Monash. She has won nine Emmy and one Grammy.

And yet, whenever it came time to take credit for something, Carl Rainer was almost always intimate with his partners, be it his longtime colleague Mel Brooks or his 655-year-old wife, Estelle.

Estelle Rainer died in 2006. They had three children, Rob Rainer - who was inspired by his father - to direct and act in dozens of movies and TV shows.

Carl Rainer was quite active in his 90s. He played a politically-powerful veteran in Parks and Recreation. He did the voice-over for the TV series Bob's Burger. And he tweeted.

Two old friends - Brooks and Rainer - used to have dinner together almost every night. In 2012, they did an episode of Jerry Seinfield's web series Comedians in Car Getting Coffee.

When Seinfeld walked out the front door of Rainer's house, he had another joke to tell.


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