Comedian and TV pioneer Sid Caesar dies at 91
Married to same woman for 67 years, Caesar was heralded for his breakthrough TV comedy
A familiar face in millions of American homes thanks to that new-fangled invention called television, comedian Sid Caesar, best known for "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped create the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," has died. He was 91. Caesar had respiratory problems along with other health problems for several years.
Comedian Sid Caesar as he attended a surprise 70th birthday party for television talk show host Larry King at the Museum of Television and Radio in 2003.
Writers for both programs went on to become legends in their own right. Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Mel Tolkin, Lucille Kallen and Larry Gelbart are all familiar names in the world of comedy. Woody Allen also contributed to Caesar's comedy as a writer for one of his specials.
This beautiful print will look great in any room!
"Sid Caesar was a giant-maybe the best comedian who ever practiced the trade & I was privileged to be one of his writers & one of his friends," longtime friend Mel Brooks tweeted this week.
Caesar also appeared in a number of films, including "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), "Airport 1975" (1974) and "Grease" (1978). He received a Tony nomination for his performance in the 1962 show "Little Me," with a book by Neil Simon.
Born Isaac Sidney Caesar in 1922, was part of a pioneering group of personalities who helped establish television in its early days. Caesar was a pioneer: Comics such as Jack Benny and Fred Allen essentially just transferred their radio shows to television. Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater" was essentially old-fashioned stage vaudeville on the small screen. Caesar's "Show of Shows" presented movie parodies, wordless pantomimes and brisk routines between the host and co-star Imogene Coca.
"Sid Caesar was a giant. If it weren't for Sid Caesar there might not be television as we know it. He and his co-stars and writers revolutionized television comedy, and really comedy in general," biographer Eddy Friedfeld, a close friend of Caesar said.
Even more impressive was the fact that it was all done live, every Saturday night at 9 p.m.
Caesar had his personal demons. He had a longtime drug and alcohol problem. He went blank one day while performing on stage in 1977. He checked into a hospital soon after and got clean.
Among his honors were two Emmys, a lifetime achievement award from the Television Critics Association and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was married to Florence Levy for 67 years until her death in 2010. The couple had three children.
Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Celebrity News
- Vasculitis: The disease behind the slow, painful death of comedian Harold Ramis
- Iconic Eighties comedian Harold Ramis dies at 69
- Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies from heart failure at 61
- 'Father Walton' actor Ralph Waite dies at 85
- Comedian and TV pioneer Sid Caesar dies at 91
- Movie star Maximilian Schell dies at the age of 83
- Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead from apparent heroin overdose
- All dressed up with someplace to show - America goes crazy for 'costume play'
- 'Uncle Phil,' actor James Avery dies after heart surgery
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?