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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:56 AM

36. He pitched a sitcom with himself as the star, then suppressed his ego to make it work.



Reiner said, "Somebody gave the scripts to Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas. Sheldon said, 'These are wonderful.' I said, 'Sheldon, I don't want to fail twice with the same material.'" That's when Leonard changed the course of TV history by breaking the news to Reiner that his show would work, if he made one major change: "He said and this is my favorite line: 'You won't fail. We'll get a better actor to play YOU.' It was Dick Van Dyke, maybe the most talented man that's ever been on television."[link:https://www.metv.com/stories/carl-reiner-recently-explained-why-he-didnt-play-rob-petrie-on-the-dick-van-dyke-show|

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