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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 03:12 PM

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He will be remembered fondly in our home.

Carl Reiner, comedy legend and consummate old Jew telling jokes, dies at 98

Until the last day of his life, Carl Reiner was tweeting about some of his favorite topics: politics, comedy and the twists and turns he experienced over decades as one of the world’s greatest living funnymen.

Reiner died Monday at 98, hours after reiterating his dismay that Donald Trump had become president, days after posing with his daughter Annie and longtime friend Mel Brooks in Black Lives Matter shirts and 70 years after his first television appearance.

The Bronx native, the son of Jewish immigrant parents, called himself a “Jewish atheist” and said his faith in God had ended with the Holocaust. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he began a long and varied show business career. He created “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” formed a comedy duo with Brooks that was highlighted in their album the “2000 Year Old Man,” wrote screenplays for Steve Martin films including “The Jerk” and, in his later years, voiced characters in animated films.

In a 2015 documentary about longevity that Reiner hosted, he offered his own secrets for long life.

“The key to longevity,” he said, “is to interact with other people.”

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