Courtesy of Alan Light

Carl Reiner b. 1922

The 1960 album 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks earned a Grammy nomination and launched a writing career for Carl Reiner, who had already distinguished himself as a writer and actor on Sid Ceasar's comedy series, Your Show of Shows and Ceasar's Hour. Reiner developed and wrote The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966. He had a recurring role on the popular series as show host Alan Brady. As a writer, producer, director, and actor, Reiner has had a hand in dozens of movies and TV series, winning nine Emmy awards during his career. Among the films he directed were Where's Poppa? (1970) and Oh, God! (1977). In 2000, Reiner was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and has enjoyed a recent resurgence as part of the Oceans 11 films.