Sid Caeser, the comedy legend and Emmy-winning television actor is dead at 91 years old.
1. Larry King Tweeted That Caesar Had Died
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
— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 12, 2014
Confirmation of Caesar’s death was confirmed first by long-time friend Larry King on his Twitter account. Variety posted a long and thoughtful obituary of the TV king at around noon on Wednesday.
2. His career Spanned 5 Decades
Caesar’s long career began with small roles in the 1940s and ended as recently as 2004, with voice acting.
One of his most recognizable roles to younger audiences, although one of his most brief on screen appearances, was his role as Coach Calhoun in the 1978 classic Grease.
3. He Won Two Emmys and Was Nominated 10 Times
Caesar was nominated for 10 primetime Emmy awards between 1951 and 1997. For these nominations he won only two awards, the 1952 award for Best Actor, and for the 1958 award for Best Continuing Performance in a Series by a Comedian for his work on his show Caesar’s Hour.
4. He is Most Famous For ‘Caesar’s Hours’ & ‘Your Show of Shows’
Caesar’s most popular shows were the sketch comedy shows Caesar’s Hour which he hosted between 1954 and 1957, and Your Show of Shows which he was on between 1950 and 1954.
5. He Was Also Prolific Stage Actor, Saxophonist, and Author
Sid Caesar was in a number of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions between the late 1940s and the 1980s, culminating with a 3 night run of a show entitled Sid Caesar & Company in 1989.
Caesar was also a gifted saxophonist and the author of many books, including two autobiographies.