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Sid Caesar

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Caesar in 1961

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Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar (September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014) was an American comic actor and writer, best known for the pioneering 1950s live television series Your Show of Shows, a 90-minute weekly show watched by 60 million people, and its successor Caesar's Hour, both of which influenced later generations of comedians. He also acted in movies; he played Coach Calhoun in Grease (1978) and its sequel Grease 2 (1982), and appeared in the films It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Silent Movie (1976), History of the World, Part I (1981), and Cannonball Run II (1984).

Fact file

  • Born: Isaac Sidney Caesar September 8, 1922 Yonkers, New York, U.S.
  • Died: February 12, 2014 (aged 91) Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actor, comedian, writer, musician, producer
  • Years active: 1946–2006
  • Spouse(s): Florence Levy (1943–2010; her death)
  • Children: Rick Caesar (1952-2014), Karen Caesar, Michele Glad

Read more about Sid Caesar at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Critic's Choice: 'Sid Caesar: The Works' reminds us who's the real king of comedy
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-09-13 18:15:00
The world of comedy as we know it today wouldn't exist without Sid Caesar, which is why the appearance of the five-DVD set “Sid Caesar: The Works” from Shout! Factory is such welcome news. Working in the infant medium of television as early as 1949, Caesar and costars like Carl ...

Beyond the joke: Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner on 'Sid Caesar: The Works' and the start of modern comedy
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-09-05 10:35:00
Mel Brooks was on the phone, remembering Sid Caesar, his friend and one-time employer. "I begged him. I said, 'This TV, it's paper — time will take it away.' But the Marx Bros., they're still around. Hope and Crosby, the 'Road Pictures.' Let's make movies!' And that was 1951, maybe ...

From the archive: Neil Simon's storied career
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2018-08-30 14:32:40
Known for his prolific and memorable comedic moments, playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (who died on August 26, 2018) often used his own experiences for comic material, from "Biloxi Blues" to "Brighton Beach Memoirs." Writing gags for TV, especially Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows," would also inspire his play ...

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