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Phil Silvers Fast Facts:
At age 11, became a "breakdown singer" at a Brooklyn movie house, entertaining the audience whenever the projector failed.
Started in vaudeville at age 13.
Made his Broadway debut in 1938 in a Buddy Ebsen musical, "Yokel Boy."
One of his first screen tests was for the role of an English vicar in the 1940 production of
Pride and Prejudice
, starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. He didn't get the part.
Introduced Lana Turner to legendary bandleader---and his pal---Artie Shaw. When the two eloped, it was left to Silvers to break the news to Shaw's girlfriend, Betty Grable.
Initially dismissed the concept of
The Phil Silvers Show
You'll Never Get Rich
) as "too Abbott and Costello."
Won the Best Comedian Emmy Award in 1956.
In 1981, guest starred on
opposite his daughter Cathy, who played Joanie's pal Jenny Piccalo.
Phil Silvers Relationships:
Nancey Silvers - Daughter
Laurie Silvers - Daughter
Sarah - Mother
Saul - Father
Evelyn Patrick - Ex-wife
Tracey Edythe Silvers - Daughter
Candace Silvers - Daughter
Cathy Silvers - Daughter
Harry Silversmith - Brother
Jo-Carroll Dennison - Ex-wife
Phil Silvers Awards:
1957 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series - Nominee
1958 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic or Comedy Series - Nominee
1956 Emmy: Best Actor-Continuing Performance - Winner
1956 Emmy: Best Comedian - Winner
1952 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
1961 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
1972 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
1959 Emmy: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Nominee
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