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Isaac Sidney Caesar
Yonkers, New York, United States
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Actor; comedian; musician
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Sid Caesar Fast Facts:
Started career as a musician; played clarinet and saxophone in small bands and later in the orchestras of Charlie Spivak, Shep Fields and Charlie Thornhill.
Turned to acting while serving in the Coast Guard during WWII; first stage performance was in the military musical
Tars and Spars
His signature double-talk routines were inspired by listening to customers speak foreign languages in his father's restaurant as a child.
His hit variety show,
Your Show of Shows
, helped launch the careers of comedy writers Mel Brooks, Neil and Danny Simon, and Carl Reiner in the 1950s.
Inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1985.
Published two autobiographies:
Where Have I Been?
Caesar's Hours: My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter
Married to wife, Florence, for 67 years; she died in March 2010.
Sid Caesar Relationships:
Ida Raffel Caesar - Mother
Max Caesar - Father
Michele Caesar - Daughter
Dave Caesar - Brother
Florence Caesar - Wife (deceased)
Karen Caesar - Daughter
Richard Caesar - Son
Sid Caesar Awards:
1997 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
1995 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
1952 Emmy: Best Comedian or Comedienne - Nominee
1963 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
1957 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series - Winner
1956 Emmy: Best Comedian - Nominee
1954 Emmy: Best Male Star of a Regular Series - Nominee
1958 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any - Nominee
1952 Emmy: Best Actor - Winner
1951 Emmy: Most Outstanding Personality - Winner
1953 Emmy: Best Comedian - Nominee
1951 Emmy: Best Actor - Nominee
Attended the Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States
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