By Rebecca Rubin
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Hollywood dignitaries, from Rob Reiner to George Clooney, took to social media on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Carl Reiner. Reiner, the 98-year-old whose legendary career as a comedy writer, director and producer spanned over 60 years, died Monday of natural causes.
His son Rob Reiner wrote, “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
Clooney, who collaborated with Reiner on the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies, told Variety, “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.”
Reiner’s longtime friend Alan Alda said, “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl.”
Bernadette Peters, who starred in Reiner’s 1979 screwball comedy “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, said “Dearest Carl this was your last tweet always always caring til the end. We shall miss you very much.”
Mia Farrow offered her condolences on Twitter, writing, “We lost a person who gave us great times-countless laughs. He was brilliant. And kind. I met him only once but will never forget his gentle thoughtfulness. He was with us through good times and hard times. Thank you Carl Reiner. His memory will be a blessing.”
Three days before he died, Reiner, who was prolific on Twitter, reflected on his own life. “Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost–who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world,” he wrote.
Director Edgar Wright shared a scene from “The Jerk,” thanking him for “so much laughter in film and TV, in front of and behind the camera.” He added, “Apart from anything else, thank you for this, the most romantic bedroom scene of all time.”
Actor Josh Gad called Reiner “one of the greatest comedic minds of all time.” He wrote, “As if 2020 weren’t cruel enough. Thank you for always making us laugh and for always giving us joy.”
Filmmaker Ron Howard praised Reiner as “a brilliant comedy talent w/heart & intellect whether writing, directing, producing or performing.”
Actress Amber Tamblyn, who worked with Reiner on a season of “Two and a Half Men,” shared a photo of the two and Holland Taylor on set, writing “We will miss you, Carl. You were a gift to this world.”
Actor Jason Alexander heralded Reiner as “comedy genius” and said “his contributions to comedy are eternal.”