Sid Caesar Biography (1922-)

Full name, Isaac Sidney Caesar; born September 8, 1922, in Yonkers, NY; son of Max (a restaurant owner) and Ida (maiden name, Raphael) Caesar; married Florence Levy, June 17, 1943; children: Michele, Richard, Karen.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer, producer, comedian, song performer
Birth Details
September 8, 1922
Yonkers, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Chuck Enders, Tars and Spars, Columbia, 1946
  • Sammy Weaver, The Guilt of Janet Ames, Columbia, 1947
  • Melville Crump, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Casey/United Artists, 1963
  • Technical advisor, A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • Ben Powell, The Spirit Is Willing, Paramount, 1967
  • George Norton, The Busy Body, Paramount, 1967
  • 10 from Your Show of Shows, 1973
  • Barney, Airport 1975, Universal, 1974
  • Studio chief, Silent Movie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Sherman, Fire Sale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Coach Calhoun, Grease, Paramount, 1978
  • Ezra Dezire, The Cheap Detective (also known as Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective), Columbia, 1978
  • Joe Capone, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Orion, 1980
  • Chief Caveman, History of the World: Part I, Brooksfilm/Fox, 1981
  • Coach Calhoun, Grease 2, Paramount, 1982
  • Fisherman, Cannonball Run II, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Uncle Benjamin, Over the Brooklyn Bridge (also known as Acrossthe Brooklyn Bridge and My Darling Shiksa), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Dr. Fixyer Minder, Stoogemania (also known as Party Stooge), Tromas Coleman-Michael Rosenblatt/Atlantic, 1985
  • The emperor, The Emperor's New Clothes, Golan-Globus/Cannon, 1987
  • The Life and Times of Charlie Putz, 1991
  • Mr. Ellis (old guy), Vegas Vacation (also known as National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation), Warner Bros., 1997
  • Sid Zellman, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Regular performer, The Admiral Broadway Revue, 1949
  • Cavalcade of Stars, Dumont, 1949-52
  • The Jack Carter Show, 1950-51
  • Regular performer, Your Show of Shows (also known as Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows), NBC, 1950-54
  • Host and Bob Victor, Caesar's Hour, NBC, 1954-57
  • Sid Caesar Invites You, 1958
  • As Caesar Sees It, 1962-63
  • The Sid Caesar Show, ABC, 1963-64
  • The Hollywood Palace, NBC, 1964-70
  • Host, Love, American Style, 1969-74
  • Movies
  • George Beam, Flight to Holocaust, NBC, 1977
  • Laszlo Cozart, Curse of the Black Widow (also known as Love Trap), ABC, 1977
  • Leo Fisk, Barnaby and Me, 1977
  • Dr. Diablo, The Munsters' Revenge, NBC, 1981
  • Sam Green, Found Money (also known as My Secret Angel), NBC, 1983
  • Mr. Petrakis, Love Is Never Silent, NBC, 1985
  • Max Wilke, Freedom Fighter, NBC, 1988
  • Louie Hammerstein, Side by Side, CBS, 1988
  • Nothing's Impossible, 1988
  • Papa Tognetti, The Great Mom Swap, ABC, 1995
  • Miniseries
  • Gryphon, Alice in Wonderland (also known as Alice through the Looking Glass), CBS, 1985
  • Specials
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1951
  • Dateline, NBC, 1954
  • Host, The Sid Caesar Show, NBC, 1958
  • Host, The Sid Caesar Special, CBS, 1959
  • Host, Marriage--Handle with Care, CBS, 1959
  • Host, Variety! The World of Showbiz, CBS, 1960
  • Host, Tip Toe through TV, CBS, 1960
  • Host, As Caesar Sees It, NBC, 1962
  • The Edie Adams Show (also known as Here's Edie), NBC, 1963, 1964
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1969
  • A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary, ABC, 1972
  • 10 from Your Show of Shows, 1973
  • Ann-Margaret Smith, NBC, 1975
  • Perry Como's Christmas in Austria, NBC, 1976
  • Joys (also known as Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys"),1976
  • Host, Your Show of Shows, NBC, 1976
  • Gabriel Kaplan Presents the Small Event, ABC, 1977
  • Voice of Wizard and Mince Pie, Oz (also known as Christmas in Oz, Christmas in the Land of Oz, Dorothy in the Land of Oz,In the Land of Oz, Thanksgiving in Oz, and Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz), NBC, 1980
  • (Archive footage) Himself, The Great Standups (also known as The Great Standups: Sixty Years of Laughter), 1984
  • All-Star Party for Lucille Ball, 1984
  • Mr. Reginald Snyder, Christmas Snow, 1986
  • Comic Relief, 1986
  • NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, 1986
  • The 38th Annual Emmy Awards, 1986
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1986
  • Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, 1987
  • JFK--That Day in November, 1988
  • Improv Tonight, 1988
  • The Second Annual American Comedy Awards, 1988
  • Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs, 1989
  • Ooh-La-La--It's Bob Hope's Fun Birthday Spectacular from Paris' Bicentennial, 1989
  • George Burns' 95th Birthday Party, 1991
  • The Fifth Annual American Comedy Awards, 1991
  • More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1993
  • The Ninth Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1993
  • Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994
  • Sid Caesar: Television's Comedy Genius, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • (Video clips) The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame, 1994
  • Presenter, The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1995
  • Buster Keaton: Genius in Slapshoes, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Carl Reiner: Still Laughing, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Presenter, Ninth Annual Genesis Awards, 1995
  • The Human Language, PBS, 1995
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1995
  • Caesar's Writers, PBS, 1996
  • Danny Thomas: Make Room for Danny, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary, 1997
  • Jonathan Winters: Without a Net, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998
  • To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th, CBS, 1998
  • Let Me In, I Hear Laughter: A Salute to the Friars, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Comedy Central Presents the Second Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating the Humor of Jonathan Winters, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Pilots
  • Voice of Max the computer, America 2100, ABC, 1979
  • Regular, It Only Hurts When You Laugh, NBC, 1983
  • Appeared in The Mouse That Roared.
  • Episodic
  • The Andy Williams Show, 1965, 1966
  • Himself, The Carol Burnett Show, 1967, 1968
  • "The French Disconnection," When Things Were Rotten, 1975
  • "The Great Clowns," W.E.B., 1978
  • "Dummies," The Love Boat, 1978
  • Pink Lady, NBC, 1980
  • On Stage America, 1984
  • Lon Bundles, "Mr. Magic," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1985
  • Life's Most Embarrassing Moments, 1986
  • The Class of the 20th Century, 1992
  • Mr. Stein, "At the Pantheon--Part II," Love & War, CBS, 1994
  • Uncle Harold, "Citizen Buchman," Mad about You, NBC, 1997
  • Also appeared in The Big Show and The Misadventures of SheriffLobo.
  • Television Producer
  • Series
  • As Caesar Sees It, 1962-63
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Tars and Spars (revue), U.S. Coast Guard, then Strand Theatre, New York City, 1945
  • Make Mine Manhattan, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1948
  • Admiral Broadway Revue, Broadway production, 1948
  • Little Me, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Four on a Garden, Broadhurst Theatre, 1971
  • Barnev Cashman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Westport Country Playhouse, CT, 1972
  • Mel Edison, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Arlington Park, Chicago, IL, 1973
  • Double Take, Arlington Park Theatre, Arlington Park, IL, 1974
  • Barney Cashman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Crystal Palace, Dallas, TX 1975
  • Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982, 1985
  • Frosch, Die Fledermaus (an opera), Metropolitan Opera, New York City, 1988
  • The Legend of Comedy, Rivera Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, 1988
  • An Evening with Sid Caesar ... The Legendary Genius of Comedy, Village Gate Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Sid Caesar and Company: Does Anybody Know What I'm Talking About?, Village Gate Theatre, 1989
  • Together Again, Michael's Pub, New York City, 1990
  • Cabaret appearances include Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1973, and Rainbow Grill, New York City, 1974.
  • Major Tours
  • Little Me, U.S. cities, 1964
  • Cast member, Moonface, Anything Goes, U.S. cities, 1980
  • Ensemble, A Touch of Burlesque (revue), U.S. cities, 1981
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Revue
  • Six On, Twelve Off, 1942-44
  • Screenplays
  • 10 from Your Show of Shows, 1973
  • Television Specials
  • Your Show of Shows, 1976
  • Songs
  • Wrote songs including "I Wrote This Song for Your Birthday" and "Was ThatYou?"
  • Autobiography
  • (With Bill Davidson) Where Have I Been?, Crown, 1982

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Who's Who in the Theatre, January 17, 2000, 17th edition, GaleResearch, 1981.
    Periodicals:
    • Variety, p. N10.

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