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Sid Caesar


Born - 8 September 1922, Yonkers, New York, USA
Died - 12 February 2014

Fast-talking American comedian with sharp features and slightly receding dark hair, an enormous success on US TV with Your Show of Shows from 1950, and said to be the first star made by the medium. Born Isaac Sidney Caesar, he had begin as a saxophonist and clarinettist with the Shep Fields band, making several 'soundies' (juke box films) that were later compiled for cinemas as Shep Fields and His New Music (1941). After war service with the US Coastguard, he appeared in the screen version of the forces' show Tars and Spars (1945) and as a serious actor in The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947) before breaking through to comic stardom on Broadway. Subsequent film appearances were mainly guest spots, apart from two minor star vehicles in the mid 1960s that rather swamped his intimate style: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Busy Body (1966), The Spirit is Willing (1966), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), Ten from Your Show of Shows (1973), Airport 1975 (1974), Silent Movie (1976), Barnaby and Me (1977), Fire Sale (1977), Grease (1978), The Cheap Detective (1978), History of the World Part I (1981), Grease 2 (1982), Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984), The Emperor's New Clothes (1987), Vegas Vacation (1997), The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) and Comic Book: The Movie (2004), his last. His 65-year marriage ended with his wife's death in 2010.