Another great one has bid us farewell. Funnyman and comic legend Sid Caesar has died at the age of 91.
Former CNN host Larry King announced the news of Caesar’s passing via Twitter, “Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him.”
Caesar first came to light during the 1950s variety show ‘Your Show of Shows,’ which co-starred Imogene Coca, and a slew of talented writers, including Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart. The 90-minute live variety program eventually turned into ‘Caesar’s Hour,’ which earned Caesar seven consecutive Emmy nominations. He won two.
He continued to become prominent on television, in movies and on Broadway. Some of his performances include ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘That Girl,’ ‘Love, American Style,’ and ‘The Carol Burnett Show.’
For me, I’ll always remember Caesar for his role as Coach Calhoun, alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in ‘Grease,’ and, of course, he also appeared in the sequel, ‘Grease 2.’
Caesar never went unrecognized for his talents, and, in 1985, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Then, in 2011, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Television Critics Association. Furthermore, in 2006, Billy Crystal presented Caesar with the Pioneer Award at the 4th Annual TV Land Awards.
In 1943, Caesar married the late Florence Levy. He is survived by two daughters and a son.