TV humor innovator of the Show of Displays and Casesar’s Hour in the 1950s which earned him many Emmy Prize nominations and two wins. He still left home to go after a music profession being a saxophonist and afterwards would audit classes at Juilliard. He performed Mentor Calhoun in the movies, Grease and Grease 2. He wedded Florence Levy in 1943 and he previously three kids: Rick, Karen and Michele. He performed a job in the display, Four in the overall game with Tommy Lee Jones.
Full Name Sid Caesar
Date Of Birth September 8, 1922
Place Of Birth Yonkers, NY
Height 1.87 m
Education Juilliard School
Spouse Florence Levy
Children Karen Caesar, Michele Caesar, Rick Caesar
Awards TV Land Pioneer Award, TCA Career Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance - Comedian In A Series
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Personality, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedian Or Comedienne, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor Starring In A Regular Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedian, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essentially Plays Himself
Movies Grease, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Grease 2, Vegas Vacation, Tars and Spars, Airport 1975, The Cheap Detective, The Busy Body, The Spirit is Willing, Cannonball Run II, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, A Guide for the Married Man, Fire Sale, The Guilt of Janet Ames, Comic Book: The Movie, Stoogemania, Over the Brooklyn Bridge, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, Ten From Your Show of Shows, The Munsters' Revenge, Barnaby and Me, The Great Mom Swap, Love Is Never Silent, Intergalactic Thanksgiving, Alice in Wonderland, Curse of the Black Widow, Flight to Holocaust, The Best of Sid Caesar, Let Me In, I Hear Laughter: A Salute to the Friars Club, The Emperor's New Clothes, Pioneers of Primetime, Mr. Laughs: A Look Behind the Curtain, Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure, Milton Berle's Buick Hour #4, Wall of Tyranny, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Found Money, Freedom Fighter, Side by Side, My Secret Angel
TV Shows Amazing Stories, Pink Lady, Caesar's Hour, Your Show of Shows, Admiral Broadway Revue, Dorothy in the Land of Oz, Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad
Star Sign Virgo
Infamous in his earlier years for an explosive temper and being quick to anger, one possibly apocryphal story has Caesar arguing with a cab driver over the fare and getting angrier by the moment. When the cabbie said "I'll remember you, pal", Caesar exploded, yelling "I'll give you something to remember! Remember birth?" and then proceeded to reach into the cab, grab the cabbie by the neck and pull him out of the cab though the window of the driver's door.
Following his death, he was interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.
Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960.
He was the son of Jewish immigrants, Ida (née Raphael), from Russia, and Max Caesar, from Poland. The two ran a 24-hour luncheonette. Sid would help his parents by waiting on tables, and it was during this time that he learned to mimic many of the accents he would use throughout his long career.
Despite his apparent fluency in many languages, in reality he can only speak English and Yiddish.
At age 14 he first went to the Catskills as a saxophonist with Mike Cifficello's Swingtime Six and would also occasionally perform in sketches.
Arrived in New York City penniless and tried to join the musician's union (later he audited classes at the famed Juilliard School of Music).
Has played at the Vacationland Hotel in Swan Lake in the Catskills during his salad days. There, under the tutelage of Don Appel, the resort's social director, Caesar played in the band and learned to perform comedy, doing three shows a week.
Made his Broadway debut performing in the 1948 revue "Make Mine Manhattan", which featured "The Five Dollar Date", one of Sid's first original pieces in which he sang, acted, double-talked, pantomimed and wrote the music.
Caesar's appearance in his first series The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949) with Imogene Coca was a huge hit with television audiences. Simultaneously broadcast on NBC and the Dumont network, its sponsor, Admiral Corporation, an appliance company, could not keep up with the demand for its new television sets, so the show was canceled on account of its runaway success.
He gave up alcohol "cold turkey". His autobiography, "Where Have I Been", published in 1983 and his second book, "Caesar's Hours", both chronicle his struggle to overcome alcoholism and barbiturates.
He was assigned as a musician in the Coast Guard, taking part in the service show "Tars and Spars", where producer Max Liebman overheard him improvising comedy routines among the band members, and switched him over to comedy. Sid later made his film debut in the adaptation of his stage hit, Tars and Spars (1946).
His father, Max Caesar, owned a restaurant in Yonkers, New York.
When I did comedy I made fun of myself. If there was a buffoon, I played the buffoon. And people looked at me and said, "Gee, that's like Uncle David", or "That's like a friend of mine.". And they related through that. I didn't make fun of them. I made fun of me.
The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.
The things I see now on TV and in movies are so outlandish. Kids doing rude things with pies! And the language that they use! It's being outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. I can't watch it. It turns me off.
After all those years of doing a live, hour-and-a-half show every week, I've got nothing more I need to prove.
Comedy acts involving ordinary people in unrealistic situations