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Sid Caesar Biography

Birth Name:
Isaac Sidney Caesar
Birth Place:
Yonkers, New York, United States
Actor, comedian, musician

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? (1982) and Caesar's Hours: My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter (2003)
  • Married to wife, Florence, for 67 years; she died in March 2010


  • 1958Emmy-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: nominated
  • 1957Emmy-Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series: winner
  • 1954Emmy-Best Male Star of a Regular Series: nominated


  • Dave Caesar--Brother
  • Karen Caesar--Daughter
  • Michele Caesar--Daughter
  • Max Caesar--Father
  • Ida Raffel Caesar--Mother
  • Richard Caesar--Son
  • Florence Caesar--Wife (deceased)