Sid Caesar

Comedian, Musician
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/08/1922 in Yonkers, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (91)

When Comedy Went To School 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lunch 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1994 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Jonathan Winters: Without a Net 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Thomas: Make Room For Danny 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit 1997 (Movie)

Sid Zellman (Actor)

Vegas Vacation 1997 (Movie)

Old Guy (Actor)

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Buster Keaton: Genius in Slapshoes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's Writers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Carl Reiner: Still Laughing 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Human Language 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sid Caesar: Television's Comedy Genius 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The Life and Times of Charlie Putz 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 95th Birthday Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

Improv Tonight 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

JFK -- That Day in November 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon: Not Just For Laughs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom Fighter 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Side By Side 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The Emperor's New Clothes 1987 (Movie)

The Emperor (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Stoogemania 1986 (Movie)

Dr Fixyer Minder (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

All-Star Party For Lucille Ball 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

2nd Fisherman (Actor)

Found Money 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Over the Brooklyn Bridge 1984 (Movie)

Uncle Benjamin (Actor)

It Only Hurts When You Laugh 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Coach Calhoun (Actor)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Chief Caveman (Actor)

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu 1980 (Movie)

Joe Capone (Actor)

America 2100 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Voice

Gabriel Kaplan Presents the Small Event 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Coach Calhoun (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Ezra Dezire (Actor)

Fire Sale 1977 (Movie)

Sherman (Actor)

Perry Como's Christmas in Austria 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Your Show of Shows 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann-Margret Smith 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

Studio Chief (Actor)

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Talkative Passenger (Actor)

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

10 From Your Show of Shows 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

George Norton (Actor)

The Spirit Is Willing 1966 (Movie)

Ben Powell (Actor)

The Sid Caesar Show 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Melville Crump (Actor)

The Sid Caesar Special 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sid Caesar Show 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's Hour 1954 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Dateline 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Your Show of Shows 1949 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas Snow (TV Show)

Actor

Curse of the Black Widow (TV Show)

Actor

Dorothy in the Land of Oz (TV Show)

Voice

Flight to Holocaust (TV Show)

Actor

Found Money (Movie)

Sam Green (Actor)

Love Is Never Silent (TV Show)

Actor

Pink Lady (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Mom Swap (TV Show)

Actor

The Munsters' Revenge (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Princess Academy 1987 (Movie)

("International Wrap") (Song Performer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Ida Raffel Caesar

Mother

Karen Caesar

Daughter

Michele Caesar

Daughter

Richard Caesar

Son

Florence Caesar

Wife
married in 1943

Max Caesar

Father

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York, New York

Milestones

1982

Published autobiography detailing addictions and substance abuse

1982

Reprised role of coach in "Grease 2"

1978

Played the Coach in "Grease"

1977

TV-movie debut, "Flight to Holocaust"

1963

Returned to features after fifteen year absence in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

1962

Starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's musical "Little Me"

1958

Star of "Sid Caesar Show Invites You"

1950

Star of "Your Show of Shows"

1949

Star of "The Admiral Broadway Revue"

1948

Stage debut, "Tars and Spars" on Broadway

1946

Film acting debut, "Tars and Spars"

Began career as musician

Starred in "The Sid Caesar Show"

Star of "Caesar's Hour"

Served in Coast Guard during WWII; first appeared in "Tars and Spars"

Bonus Trivia

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

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Underwent hip surgery in early 2001.

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