Comedian Sid Caesar, star of the 1950s television classic ‘Your Show of Shows’, died on Feb. 12 at age 91.
Sid Caesar, who has been hailed as a pioneer of live television sketch comedy, has died at the age of 91 at his home in Los Angeles, according to his friend and former comedy partner Carl Reiner.
Sid Caesar Dead — Comedy Legend Dies At 91
Sid died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. after a brief illness, according to his biographer and friend Eddy Friedfeld, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The two-time Emmy Award-winning actor was featured in dozens of television and film roles over six decades, but he was best known for his work with comedienne Imogene Coca on the classic comedy-variety series Your Show of Shows, which aired on NBC from February, 1950 to June, 1954.
Sid will also be remembered for his role of Coach Calhoun in Grease, as well as his starring role in Caesar’s Hour, a one-hour sketch/variety show that also featured comedians Carl Reiner, Howard Morris and Bea Arthur.
Sid Caesar Knew How To ‘Laugh At Himself’
Sid was a man of many talents. He was also a gifted saxophonist and author of several books, including two autobiographies.
Sid will be forever remembered for his “double-talk” impersonations and self-deprecating sense of humor. “I don’t take myself too seriously,”he told People in 1989. “I just laugh at myself a lot and call myself a dummy.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sid’s friends and family during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee