|Birthname||Caesar, Isaac Sidney|
|born on||8 September 1922|
|Place||Yonkers, New York, 40n56, 73w54|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
American comic actor and writer, best known for the pioneering 1950s live audience television series, Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, which influenced generations of comedians. He also acted in films, including the 1963 screwball comedy, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
Caesar was considered a "sketch comic" and actor, as opposed to a stand-up comedian. He also relied more on body language, accents, and facial contortions, than simply dialog. Unlike the slapstick comedy which was standard on TV, his style was considered "avant garde" in the 1950s. He conjured up ideas and scenes, but didn't write scripts," using writers for creating the dialog. Among the writers who wrote for Caesar early in their careers, were Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner,Michael Stewart, Mel Tolkin and Woody Allen. "Sid's was the show to which all comedy writers aspired. It was the place to be," said Steve Allen.
Among his tv show's subjects were satires about real life events and people, and parodies of popular film genres, theater, television shows and opera. But unlike other comedy shows at the time, the dialog was considered sharper, funnier and more adult oriented. He was "best known as one of the most intelligent and provocative innovators of television comedy," who some critics called "television's Charlie Chaplin," and the New York Times refers to as the "comedian of comedians from TV's early days."
Honored in numerous ways over sixty years, he was nominated for Emmy Awards eleven times, winning twice. He was also a saxophonist and author of several books, including two autobiographies in which he described his career and later struggle to overcome years of alcoholism and barbiturates.
He died 12 February 2014.
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- Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
- Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (After a short illness)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 91)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession