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‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ has been signed to Carl Rainer’s long list

'The Dick Van Dyke Show' has been signed to Carl Rainer's long list
Henry L. Joiner
Written by Henry L. Joiner

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Carl Rainer poses for portrait during the 2007 American Film Institute Festival in Hollywood.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer, second from right, circa 1952 attending a writers’ conference for “Your Show of Shows.” Sitting on the left is another star of the show, Sid Caesar. The show ran from 1950-54.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer and Caesar also starred in “Caesar’s Hour” from 1954-1957. In this scene from April 1955, Rainer, top center, Caesar, left, and Howard Morris, right, smoke while trying to read Nanette Fabre’s newspaper. Rainer won two Emmy Awards for her performance on the show.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

From left, Caesar, Morris, Rainer and Fabre perform the spoof opera scene in 1956.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainier and Polly Bergen were pictured with their idols at the 1958 Emmy Awards in New York. Rainer won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in Drama or Comedy for “Caesar Hour”.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer was shot in the typewriter in 1960. As a performer, Rainer loved playing Straight Man or working behind the scenes.
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In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer, left, hosts “The Celebrity Game” in March 1965.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer and his wife, Estelle Rainer, came to the Emmy Awards in Hollywood in 1965. The couple has been married for almost 65 years.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Pictured here – in a scene from the episode “The Gunslinger” on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” – is Rainer, Left and Dick Van Dyke. Rainer plays Alan “Big Bad” Brady, while Van Dyke plays Rob Petrie, a small-town sheriff. Rainer’s hand in writing many of the show’s scripts.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer, Left, and Mel Brooks skit “Old Man in the Year 2000” on the 1966 “Andy Williams Show.” Both are often collaborators.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Carl Rainer ‘Where’s Papa?’ In the 1970s.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Comedian Steve Martin poured the Rainier birthday cake on March 20, 1979. Rainer was born in 1922 in the Bronx, New York.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer and his wife, Estelle, were filmed in New York in 1984.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer performed on “The Tonight Show Star Johnny Carson” in November 1990.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Mel Brooks, left, and Rainer posed for their 1999 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. They won “Old Man in the Year 2000” in the Best Speaking Comedy Album category.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer has a copy of his book “I Remember Me” in Beverly Hills, California, in 2013. In the book, Rainer shares memories of his life and show business.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer, center and his daughter Annie attended the 2013 AFI Life Achievement Awards Ceremony for Mel Brooks in Hollywood. Rainer’s other children are Lucas and Rob ‘becoming the next actor and director.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer and his son Rob attended the hand and footprint ceremony at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles.

In films: Comedy legend Carl Rainer

Rainer, left, shook the crowd as he walks with his son Rob at the 2019 “Special Tribute to Television Comedy Legends” hosted by The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

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About the author

Henry L. Joiner

Henry L. Joiner

Extreme social media buff. Typical reader. Zombie evangelist. Future teen idol. Avid travel enthusiast.Wrote more than 30 columns for City Line, the city supplement of The Hitavada, topics ranging from films, to politics, to current affairs and even television serials. Also wrote features, city reports, profiles, a film review, and covered special events like a film production house launch, college fests press conferences and industrial events.

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