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Ninetysomething legends star in new HBO doc

LA Premiere of "If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast" From HBO Documentaries

Carl Reiner firmly believes breakfast is the most important meal of the day, a feast that goes far beyond its nutritional value.

"Every morning before having breakfast, I pick up my newspaper, get the obituary section and see if I'm listed," says the 95-year-old comedian, actor and director. "If I'm not, I'll have my breakfast."

Reiner's refreshing approach to mornings and life is at the heart of a new HBO documentary about aging with humor and grace, "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast."

Reiner rounds up some of his old friends to discuss the ups and downs of getting older in the special, which premieres on June 5. His famous pals include "Young Frankenstein" director Mel Brooks, 90, "All in the Family" creator Norman Lear, 94, and Dick Van Dyke, 91, who rose to fame in the early 1960s thanks to a self-titled CBS show created by Reiner.

Also weighing in on the seemingly taboo subject of growing old with purpose: beloved actress Betty White, 95, fashion icon Iris Apfel, 95, star of the 2014 documentary "Iris," and comic book king Stan Lee, 90.

"Being old is like a whole new adventure," says Lee. "You can't describe it to young people."

"Eat Breakfast" director Danny Gold tells the Hollywood Reporter that he hopes viewers will come away with the realization that people "should be judged by their talent and what they can do, not how old they are. I hope this movie dispels that myth."

"Just because you retire from your job, doesn't mean you retire from life," Gold adds. "I think it's about staying active. All of these people are doing things. As long as you stay interested in life—that's what it's all about."

That and a healthy breakfast.

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