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Sid Caesar Dies At 91

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Sid Caesar, one of America’s first television funnymen has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

The news came today and was announced by Caesar’s longtime friend and collaborator Carl Reiner.

Caesar may be most famous for his role in the 1950′s NBC comedy “Your Show of Shows,” where he helped launch the careers of other successful stars like Reiner, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Neil Simon.

“Your Show of Shows” was an instant hit with viewers and became one of the most influential shows of television’s Golden Age, earning Caesar two Emmy Awards.

He also appeared in many other films and TV shows including “History of the World Part 1,” “Airport 1975,” “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” and his role as Coach Calhoun in the two “Grease” movies.

Born Sidney Caesar in New York, he had first dreamed of becoming a saxophone player before venturing into comedy and television.

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

Watch Caesar in this skit from “Your Show of Shows” called “Health Food Restaurant.”

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