Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/13/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

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.

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.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/13/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Sid Caesar, television, substance abuse, death


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Your Show of Shows," which went on the air in 1950 and lasted four years. "Caesar's Hour," combined sketches, musical revues and situation comedy followed shortly thereafter.

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'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Celebrity

Popular musical artist gets back at body-shaming critics on Twitter Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Billboard-hits singer Alecia Moore, popularly known as Pink, who came up with huge pop hits "Get This Party Started" and "Just Give Me a Reason," posted recently in her Twitter account that she feels beautiful in her voluptuous body, which she refers to as ... continue reading


Robert Downey Jr. STUNS awards show: 'Dream big, work hard, keep your nose clean, be of service' Watch

Image of Robert Downey drew upon his experience to give some advice to young people watching the show.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former bad boy and partier Robert Downey Jr. stunned the audience at the MTV Movie Awards Night telecast. His speech was humbling and surprisingly sober in a night known for silly excess. "I partied way too much. I've squandered, resisted, repented," Downey ... continue reading


Celebrity takes charity challenge to live off only $29 of food for a week Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Actress-turned-lifestyle guru, Gwyneth Paltrow promised to only spend $29 for food for a week in participation with the New York City Food Bank Challenge. She kept her vow, as a photo of her weeks grocery was released via Twitter. However, some critics pointed out that ... continue reading


Clint Eastwood co-star Geoffrey Lewis dies at 79 Watch

Image of Geoffrey Lewis scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing bartender Earl Tucker on the 1980s CBS sitcom

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Prolific character actor Geoffrey Lewis is perhaps best known playing with Clint Eastwood as his pal Orville Boggs in "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel. Lewis was also the father of Oscar-nominated actor Juliette Lewis. He has passed away at the age of ... continue reading


Actor Richard Dysart of TV's 'L.A. Law' dies at 86 Watch

Image of Richard Dysart commented on his lengthy success with the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Anyone who watched films and TV could not escape the avuncular glow of actor Richard Dysart. While he played scores of roles on both the big and small screen, Dysart was best known as the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie on the NBC drama "L.A. Law." Dysart ... continue reading


Actor James Best, of TV's 'Dukes of Hazzard' dies at 88 Watch

Image of Born Jewel Guy on July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky, Best was orphaned at three years of age. Adopted by Armen and Essa Best, he served in the Army during World War II before launching his acting career.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

James Best, best known for his portrayal of bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died following a brief illness at the age of 88. He died after a bout of pneumonia while in hospice in Hickory, North Carolina. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Celebrity's candid confession on jealousy and her relationship with God goes viral on YouTube Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson's YouTube video went viral after she discussed her personal struggles and relationship with God. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The star of the reality series "Duck Dynasty" and runner-up of the "Dancing with the Stars ... continue reading


World pays tribute to Cynthia Lennon, Beatle John Lennon's first wife Watch

Image of While they would eventually reconcile later in life, it is popularly believed that performance artist Yoko Ono, left, was the straw that broke the camel's back that ended the marriage between Cynthia Lennon, right, and the Beatles' John.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cynthia Lennon, Beatles' John Lennon's first wife has passed away at the age of 75 from a brief battle with cancer. While the world sends its condolences, many remember the lovely blonde as one who suffered numerous indignities as the wife of one of the world's ... continue reading


Gregory Walcott, male lead in world's worst film 'Plan 9 from Outer space' dies Watch

Image of Looking befuddled in a spaceship full of ladders and ancient radio equipment, lead actor Gregory Walcott foreshadows the world's reaction to

By Greg Goodsell

Actor Gregory Walcott had a long and successful motion picture career. He was inexorably linked in what is popularly considered the worst film ever made, "Plan 9 from Outer Space," directed Edward D. Wood Jr.'s confused opus about space aliens attempts to bring ... continue reading


Comedian Howie Mandel comes home - to find mansion underneath 4,000 rolls of toilet paper! Watch

Image of Roman Atwood of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

That's A LOT of toilet paper... manic comedian Howie Mandel, who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, was away in New York City, leaving his California mansion - vulnerable. Roman Atwood of "Deal or No Deal," pulled off an elaborate prank. With the ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 11:1-18
1 The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
2 I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:1-10
1 'In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 27th, 2015 Image

St. Zita
April 27: St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter