Celebrities flooded social media Tuesday with tributes to Carl Reiner, who died Monday night at 98 of natural causes, according to The Associated Press.
Reiner’s son, director Rob Reiner, who is also a comedian and actor like his dad, confirmed the news to Twitter and shared a sweet message.
“Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light,” the “All in the Family” star wrote.
Reiner was a veteran comedian and actor who never fell out of favor or out of sight, busily maintaining his career and popularity from the day he joined Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” in 1950 right up to his part in the big-screen “Ocean’s Eleven” family and his role as Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer’s stepfather on “Two and a Half Men.”
Just days before his death, Reiner shared a tweet reflecting on his life and family.
“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 this needy & evolving world,” ” Reiner tweeted Saturday.
Jason Alexander called Reiner a “comedy genius” and paid tribute to his legacy.
“Carl Reiner was comedy genius. Often that genius made other funny people even funnier. But give him a stage and he could spin laughter out of any moment. I watched him do it time and again,” the “Seinfeld” actor tweeted. “His contributions to comedy are eternal. And a lovely man, as well.”
Cryer shared a funny personal letter the comedian sent to him.
“The brilliant and hilarious Carl Reiner hosted the Director’s Guild awards for decades before his health forced him to take the night off. They asked me to sub in for him,” Cryer wrote and shared the letter.
“Good Place” and “Parks and Recreation” creator Michael Schur paid tribute to Reiner’s comedic legacy.
“The Dick Van Dyke Show debuted in 1961, and it’s still funny. That’s a magic trick. RIP Carl Reiner, one of comedy’s greatest magicians,” Schur tweeted.
Mia Farrow recalled the unforgettable time she met the comedian.
“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,” Farrow wrote. “He was with us through good times and hard times. Thank you Carl Reiner. His memory will be a blessing.”
Rob McClure took a moment to share some advice with young entertainers and suggest they study Reiner’s work.
“To any young actors who want to pursue comedy, Study Carl Reiner. Go down a YouTube spiral right now. Start with Sid Caesar and Our Show of Shows and go from there. He was THE MASTER. Thank you for the hundred year Master Class, Sir. You will be missed,” Mclure tweeted.
“The Wire” and “Treme” actor Wendell Pierce tweeted: “A Legend. Thank you sir. RIP.”
Stephen Colbert shared a photo of a young Reiner, calling him “The Greatest.”
“Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio reflected on Reiner’s “full life and iconic legacy.”
Piers Morgan shared a quote from Reiner and thanked him for “all the laughs.”
“RIP comedy genius Carl Reiner, 98. ‘Everybody wants to laugh – you know that. They need to laugh … people need to laugh.’ So true,” Morgan wrote.
“Parks and Rec” actor Ben Schwartz encouraged his followers to watch Reiner’s work in his honor.
“Carl Reiner was a legend. Writer, director, actor, innovator. He helped shape so much in comedy. If you have time today put “Mel brooks and Carl Reiner” into youtube and enjoy two of the funniest humans making each other laugh for over 50 years,” Schwartz tweeted.