Comedian Sid Caesar Dies At 91
Sid Caesar, the legendary comedian, died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91.
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Caesar’s death was confirmed by a number of his close friends, including TV and radio host Larry King, who took to Twitter to share the sad news.
Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him
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During the 1950s, Caesar made a name for himself in TV sketch comedy shows, including Your Show of Shows and Ceasar’s Hour, after working on his act while serving in World War II. In Your Show of Shows, Caesar clowned around alongside Carl Reiner, Howard Morris and Imogene Coca. The show won two Emmy’s during his tenure.
Throughout his comedic career, he had the good fortune of working with material written by the likes of Reiner, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart and Neil Simon among others. He was quoted as saying that the reason for Your Show of Shows’s success “unquestionably was the writing.”
“It was fun, but hard,” Mr. Caesar said two decades ago, according to The New York Times. “I worked six days a week, putting the script together, working with the writers. The show had to be written by Wednesday night because Thursday we had to put it on its feet. Friday we showed it to the technicians, and Saturday was the show. Sunday was our only day off, and I used to stand under the shower and shake.”
In the 60s, Caesar joined fellow comedic greats Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. In the 70s, there was Silent Movie, The Cheap Detective and Grease, in which he played Coach Calhoun. Caesar was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.
Caesar is predeceased by his wife Florence. He’s survived by his son Richard and daughters Michele and Karen.
– Chelsea Regan
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