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Also Known As: Died: February 12, 2014
Born: September 8, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yonkers, New York, USA Profession: comedian, musician

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A pioneer of television comedy, Sid Caesar was the prodigiously talented star of such legendary variety series as "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54) and "Caesar's Hour" (NBC, 1954-57). Gifted beyond compare in so many aspects of comic performance - from physical humor, improvisation and pantomime to mimicry and his specialty, double-talk - Caesar wowed post-war audiences with his energy and keen eye for the absurd aspects of everyday life and popular culture. His shows, which were a training ground for some of the greatest comedy writers of the 1960s and beyond, were immediate classics, influencing generations of performers and fans. Off-camera, however, Caesar suffered from personal demons, including substance abuse issues, which became unmanageable after the demise of his series; he spent much of the next few decades rebuilding his life and career. By the new millennium, he was overseeing the preservation of his early work, which reminded audiences of his immeasurable impact on TV comedy and performance. His death at the age of 91 on February 12, 2014 was mourned by several generations of comedy fans.

A pioneer of television comedy, Sid Caesar was the prodigiously talented star of such legendary variety series as "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54) and "Caesar's Hour" (NBC, 1954-57). Gifted beyond compare in so many aspects of comic performance - from physical humor, improvisation and pantomime to mimicry and his specialty, double-talk - Caesar wowed post-war audiences with his energy and keen eye for the absurd aspects of everyday life and popular culture. His shows, which were a training ground for some of the greatest comedy writers of the 1960s and beyond, were immediate classics, influencing generations of performers and fans. Off-camera, however, Caesar suffered from personal demons, including substance abuse issues, which became unmanageable after the demise of his series; he spent much of the next few decades rebuilding his life and career. By the new millennium, he was overseeing the preservation of his early work, which reminded audiences of his immeasurable impact on TV comedy and performance. His death at the age of 91 on February 12, 2014 was mourned by several generations of comedy fans.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lunch (2012)
2.
 Christmas Snow (2010) Mr Reginald Snyder
3.
 Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, The (1998) Sid Zellman
4.
 Vegas Vacation (1997) Old Guy
5.
 Great Mom Swap, The (1995) Papa Tognetti
7.
 Side By Side (1988) Louie Hammerstein
8.
 Freedom Fighter (1988) Max Wilke
9.
 Emperor's New Clothes, The (1987) The Emperor
10.
 Stoogemania (1986) Dr Fixyer Minder
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Milestones close milestones

:
Began career as musician
:
Served in Coast Guard during WWII; first appeared in "Tars and Spars"
1946:
Film acting debut, "Tars and Spars"
1948:
Stage debut, "Tars and Spars" on Broadway
1949:
Star of "The Admiral Broadway Revue"
1950:
Star of "Your Show of Shows"
:
Star of "Caesar's Hour"
1958:
Star of "Sid Caesar Show Invites You"
1962:
Starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's musical "Little Me"
1963:
Returned to features after fifteen year absence in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
:
Starred in "The Sid Caesar Show"
1977:
TV-movie debut, "Flight to Holocaust"
1978:
Played the Coach in "Grease"
1982:
Published autobiography detailing addictions and substance abuse
1982:
Reprised role of coach in "Grease 2"
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Education

The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

Notes

Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.

Underwent hip surgery in early 2001.

A theater in Huntington, New York was named for the performer and opened in January 2001.

"I don't take myself too seriously. I just laugh at myself a lot and call myself a dummy."--Sid Caesar to People

"I went to a psychiatrist for 20 years and kept asking 'What am I trying to punish myself for?' I never found out. Finally I said, 'I don't care.'"--Sid Caesar

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wife:
Florence Caesar. Married in 1943.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Max Caesar. Owned restaurant.
mother:
Ida Raffel Caesar.
son:
Richard Caesar.
daughter:
Michele Caesar.
daughter:
Karen Caesar.
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