Reiner was well-known early in his career for co-writing and acting on early TV comedy shows like Caesar’s Hour and Your Show of Shows, but he later moved on to The Dick Van Dyke Show as the creator, producer, writer and actor, which he is best known for.
During his life, Reiner formed a comedy duo with Mel Brooks. Together, they were in 2000 Year Old Man. Reiner also acted in films like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World and the Oceans film series. He directed some of Steve Martin’s most successful films, and he won many awards including Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards.
Reiner also received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Here’s what you should know about Reiner’s family:
1. Reiner’s Father Was a Watchmaker
Reiner’s father came from Austria, and his mother was from Romania, and Carl’s brother Charlie served in the 9th division in World War II.
When he was 16 years old, Charlie told Carl about a free drama workshop being put on in New York, and Carl attended the workshop, which changed his life forever.
2. He Was Married to Estelle Reiner
Reiner was married to Estelle Reiner for over 60 years until she died in 2008.
Estelle Reiner had a few film roles, possibly with the most famous being When Harry Met Sally when she uttered “I’ll have what she’s having” after Ryan demonstrates a fake orgasm.
Estelle Reiner started a career as a jazz singer when she was 65 years old and continued in the business for 28 years, recording seven albums.
3. His Children Are Also in the Entertainment Business
Reiner was the father of Rob Reiner, Annie Reiner and Lucas Reiner. All three of his children are in the entertainment business.
Annie Reiner, who was born in 1949, is a poet, playwright and author. His youngest, Lucas Reiner, was born in 1960 and works as an actor and director as well as a painter. Lucas’ work is owned throughout the world.
Carl Reiner’s eldest son, Rob Reiner, is a famous actor and comedian as well.
4. He Had Six Grandchildren
At the time of his death, Reiner had six grandchildren. Reiner’s youngest son Lucas has three children.
Rob and Penny Marshall had three children. Jake was born in 1991, Nick was born in 1993 and Romy was born in 1998. The couple also raised Marshall’s daughter Tracy Reiner, who was born to Michael Henry and Marshall prior to Marshall and Rob Reiner’s marriage.
The family tree didn’t stop there, however. Reiner had five great-grandchildren at the time of his death.
5. Reiner Used Family Life to Write Scripts for the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’
Reiner was the creator, writer and producer on The Dick Van Dyke Show in some of his best-known work. When he was writing scripts for the show, he would hole up in his office with a typewriter, according to Rob Reiner’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
When asked whether his father used their lives for inspiration, Rob said that it’s likely he did, responding, “He would come sometimes into my room and he would say, ‘Anything interesting happen to you lately?’ So I knew he was probably stuck ta those points.”
Rob and Carl never really talked about their careers, but Rob remembers Carl telling him he’d done a great job directing No Exit.
“And that’s the first time I’d ever heard anything from him where it was totally validating,” Rob recalled. “And then I remember the next time, I went over to his house and I was sitting with him in the backyard, and he said, ‘You know, I’m not worried about you.’ He said, ‘Whatever you want to do, it’s going to be ok.'”