Reiner considered Brooks to be "the funniest human being in the world - because he is connected to the absolute truth", and said his friend "has made me laugh as much as any human being can make another person laugh". "He was my guiding light".
His career spanned live television, Broadway, motion pictures, record albums and a variety of guest appearances.
Born and raised in New York City, Reiner first came to be known as a writer and cast member on Sid Ceasar's "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s. Over his seven-decade career, Reiner created classics, from "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and 'Ceasar's Hour, ' to his comedy duo with Mel Brooks in '2000 Year Old Man.' The comedian, actor, director, screenwriter and publisher won many awards throughout his distinguished career, including nine Emmys, one Grammy and The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Lebost died in 2008, and Reiner is survived by three children, Rob, Sylvia and Lucas. Van Dyke himself described Reiner as "the best writer in the world", and a man who "understood everyone's way of speaking, the cadence, the intonation, everything".
As a result of its success, Reiner moved into feature-film-making: his directorial debut was Enter Laughing in 1967, adapted from his own autobiography about a Jewish kid trying to break into showbusiness.
"Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder".
"He'll be greatly missed". But in Carl Reiner's case, it's absolutely true.
He acted in several movies, including the relatively recent "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequels with George Clooney.
Alda, another close friend of Reiner's, was among the first to salute him on Twitter, writing, "His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts".
He struck gold directing George Burns in the smash hit 1977 comedy Oh, God!, and then followed it up two years later with the inaugural Steve Martin vehicle The Jerk. It was after that success that Reiner turned his sights toward creating what would become "The Dick Van Dyke Show", on which he had originally planned to star.