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A Collection of the Multiple Emmy Award Winning Comedy Legend Behind “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Jerk, “Oh, God!” “2000-Year-Old Man” Sketch, and “Ocean’s Eleven” Film Franchise Featuring Memorabilia, Scripts, Awards, Personal Items and More from His Acclaimed Eight Decade Life and Career in Entertainment to Shine on the Auction Stage

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Los Angeles, California – (November 2nd, 2021) –Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars, will pay tribute to the life and career of the “Emperor of Comedy” in PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CARL REINER, an exclusive presentation of the legendary multi-hyphenate entertainer taking place live December 2nd, 2021 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and online on

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences lifetime achievement awardAmerican actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, and author, Carl Reiner was one of the most influential and iconic comic geniuses of the 20th century. Born on March 20, 1922 in the Bronx, New York, Reiner’s prolific and acclaimed eight-decade career in entertainment launched in the 1950s during the early years of television comedy where he would shape and define the trajectory of American sketch comedy while working as an actor and writer for Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour with Sid Caesar and win consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1957 and 1958. While he wrote alongside other comic geniuses such as Neil Simon and Woody Allen, it would be his pairing with fellow writer and comedian Mel Brooks on their comedy routine “2000-Year-Old Man” that would become the stuff of legend and one of the most famous comedy duo acts of all time. The duo was a sensation who performed the act from 1960 until 1998 in a series of comedy routines that would span a series of four recorded albums, television appearances such as on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show and an animated comedy special. Their last album won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album and the album 2000 Years With Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2008.
(photo left: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences lifetime achievement award)

The Dick Van Dyke Show scriptsDuring this time, Reiner created another star vehicle for himself titled Head of the Family based on his family life and experiences as a television comedy writer. After shooting the pilot, Reiner retitled it to The Dick Van Dyke Show and recasted the show with Dick Van Dyke as the lead playing Rob Petrie, a head writer of a comedy variety show, with Mary Tyler Moore as his wife and former dancer, Laura Petrie. Along with writing and producing the show, Reiner played Alan Brady, the variety show host in the groundbreaking show, which inspired many of this generation’s top comedians and television writers who revere the series for elevating comedy as an art form. The Dick Van Dyke Show was a smash ratings success that ran for five celebrated seasons from 1961-1966, won 14 Emmys and two Golden Globes and is considered one of television’s classics. (photo right: The Dick Van Dyke Show scripts)

trunk used in Where’s Poppa?On the movie screen, Reiner also acted in the films The Thrill of It All (which he also wrote), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and starred in Norman Jewison’s comedy, The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming. He made his directorial debut with Enter Laughing, an adaptation of his 1958 autobiographical novel which was also adapted as a Broadway play in 1963 and directed the 1970 cult favorite film Where’s Poppa? (photo above: trunk used in Where’s Poppa?) In 1977, Reiner would hit box office gold directing the comedy Oh, God! starring John Denver as a supermarket manager who’s enlisted by God – played by George Burns – to spread his Word and became the sixth highest-grossing film that year.

Two years later, Reiner would strike box office gold again directing Saturday Night Live comedian Steve Martin for the first time in the smash comedy, The Jerk. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences lifetime achievement awardTheir collaboration and success would continue in Reiner and Martin’s other films: 1982’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, 1983’s The Man with Two Brains and 1984’s All of Me. Up until his passing in 2020 at the age of 98, Reiner directed movies and acted on television shows including, Night Gallery, The Carol Burnett Show, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, House, Two and a Half Men, Hot in Cleveland, King of the Hill, The Bernie Mac Show, Ally McBeal, Parks and Recreation, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy as well as voiced the role of Sarmoti in DreamWorks’ animated series Father of the Pride. In 2001, Reiner starred opposite George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and other luminaries in Ocean’s Eleven, Steven Soderbergh’s heist remake of 1960’s Ocean’s 11 and reprised his memorable role as Saul Bloom in the film franchise installments of Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007. Reiner was the author of more than twenty-four books such as Continue Laughing, his 1995 sequel to his first autobiographical novel, Enter Laughing, My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir, I Remember Me, I Just Remembered, and What I Forgot to Remember, along with children’s books and books about film and art. (photo right: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences lifetime achievement award)

Some of the distinguished honors bestowed on Reiner include twelve Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and induction into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2000, Reiner was the third recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. (photo left: Television Academy Hall of Fame award)

Television Academy Hall of Fame award “Carl Reiner was a giant among giants among whose many achievements in his illustrious life and career revolutionized comedy as an art form,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director/CFO of Julien’s Auctions. “We are honored to offer these private materials and personal items from his Estate that showcase his virtuosity and why he was one of the great comedic talents of all time.”

cast photo of Reiner's film Bert Rigby, You're a Fool featuring Jackie Gayle, Robbie Coltrane, Anne Bancroft, Robert Lindsay, and Corbin Bernsen and Carl ReinerHighlights of Carl Reiner’s collection (with estimates) include: scripts from his heralded career such as two sets of scripts from the Ocean’s Eleven franchise such as 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve and 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen, housed in a black leather binder embossed on the covers “12” and “13” and “Carl Reiner” and the second scripts housed in a “Jerry Weintraub Productions” folder ($400 - $600 each set); two scripts from the 1983 comedy The Man with Two Brains written and directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner ($200 - $300); three scripts based on Carl Reiner’s popular 1958 semi-autobiographical book Enter Laughing-two scripts from the 1963 Broadway theatrical version of the story, and one script from the 1967 Columbia film version ($300 - $500); three scripts from the 1971-1974 CBS Television series The New Dick Van Dyke Show, which were mostly written and directed by Carl Reiner (first two identical scripts dated “May 29, 1970” and the third from an episode titled “Maximillian of Mexico” dated “March 12, 1971”) ($200 - $300); three scripts from The Comic (Columbia, 1969), written and directed by Carl Reiner and starring Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney ($400 - $600) as well as contact sheets, photographs and a poster of the cult film; and other scripts which Reiner penned in the 1960s including The Thrill of It All and The Art of Love, and more.
(photo right: cast photo of Reiner’s film Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool featuring Jackie Gayle, Robbie Coltrane, Anne Bancroft, Robert Lindsay, and Corbin Bernsen and Carl Reiner)

Reiner’s director clapboardsSome of his many awards will appear on the podium including his 1995 Governor’s Award for the Arts ($600 - $800); an Honorary Satellite Award for Lifetime Achievement by the International Press Academy at the 16th Satellite Awards and a 2003 Sarah Siddons Award by The Actors’ Fund; a 1990 Lifetime Creative Achievement award from the American Comedy Awards; a framed certificate of his Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgetown University presented to Reiner in 2012, as well as plaques, citations and medals from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Writers Guild of America, Television Critics Association, American Society of Composers, The Paley Center of Media and others. Other highlights include a typed, signed letter on The White House stationery from Bill Clinton to Carl Reiner 1999, congratulating Reiner for being honored by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with the Alan King Award in American Jewish Humor in 1999 ($800 - $1,000); a late 19th/early 20th century bamboo loveseat sofa from the entryway of Reiner’s Beverly Hills home ($500 to $700); vintage copies of the Los Angeles Times from March 20th, 1922, marked “Carl’s First Day” and the New York Times from March 20th, 1932, marked “Carl’s 10th Birthday” on the cover contained in presentation folders ($400 to $600) and more. (photo left: Reiner’s director clapboards)

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