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TV Pioneer and Broadway Vet Sid Caesar Dies at Age 91

TV Pioneer and Broadway Vet Sid Caesar Dies at Age 91
Sid Caesar
Caesar was best known for his pioneering TV work.

Screen icon and Tony nominee Sid Caesar has died aged 91 years old. According to the L.A. Times, the Yonkers New York-born comedian passed away at his home in Beverly Hills after a brief illness.

Caesar was best known for his pioneering TV work on the weekly live comedy program Your Show of Shows, which began in 1950 and where he collaborated with such luminaries as Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. The Emmy winner subsequently starred in the much-loved Caesar's Hour and The Sid Caesar Show. Caesar made his Broadway debut in Make Mine Manhattan in 1948 and later appeared on the Main Stem in Little Me, where he garnered a Tony nod for Best Actor, and Four on a Garden. His big screen credits included Brooks’ Silent Movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, Airplane and Grease.

Caesar was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2011 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Television Critics Association.

In 1943 Caesar married Florence Levy, by whom he had two daughters and a son.

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