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Sid Caesar

Highest Rated:   100% Lunch (2012)
Lowest Rated:   13% Vegas Vacation (1997)
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Birthplace:   Yonkers, New York, USA
The son of a Yonkers restaurant owner, Sid Caesar first discovered he could get laughs by imitating the colorful dialects of his multinational classmates. But Caesar actually wanted to be a musician and to that end studied diligently at Juilliard. He paid for his education by working in various Catskills resorts as a saxophone player, dancer, and comedian. While serving in WWII, Caesar was engaged to perform in a touring musical revue staged by Coast Guard personnel called Tars and Spars. When the show was transformed into a motion picture by Columbia Pictures, Caesar went along for the ride, performing his classic war film monologue intact before the cameras. This led to a brief Columbia contract, which came to an end with Caesar's three-minute cameo appearance in The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947). While appearing in the Broadway revue Make Mine Manhattan in 1949, he was hired to co-star with Imogene Coca in a weekly TV variety series, The Admiral Broadway Revue. This in turn led to Your Show of Shows, one of the true landmarks of television's Golden Age. For five inspired seasons, Caesar and his cohorts Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris kept America laughing with an unending stream of brilliant monologues, movie parodies, and various sundry other sketches. Throughout the '50s and early '60s Caesar continued to star on TV in several Show of Shows spinoffs, and in 1963 returned to Broadway in the musical comedy Little Me, playing no fewer than eight roles within the play's two-hour running time. During this period he also returned to films, first as a member of the all-star ensemble in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), then as star of The Busy Body (1967) and The Spirit is Willing (1968). Unfortunately, the pressures of show business, combined with an overabundance of personal problems, led to a dangerous dependency upon alcohol and prescription drugs. So far gone was Caesar during the 1960s and 1970s that, according to his 1982 autobiography Where Have I Been?, there were times that he'd wander on-stage or before the cameras with no idea where he was or what he was saying. He hit rock bottom in 1978, suffering a total nervous breakdown while appearing in a Toronto dinner theater production of The Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Slowly and painfully, Caesar overcame his addictions and a multitude of psychological difficulties and made a near-complete recovery. Modern audiences, to whom Your Show of Shows is but a dim and distant memory, remember Sid Caesar best for his supporting appearances in such films as Silent Movie (1976) (directed by Caesar's onetime gag writer Mel Brooks), Fire Sale (1978), Grease (1982), and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (1997). Caesar died in 2014 at age 91.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
53% When Comedy Went to School
  • Actor
$0.4M 2013
100% Lunch
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Best Of Sid Caesar
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Pioneers of Primetime
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club
  • Actor
2000
80% The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
  • Sid Zellman
1998
13% Vegas Vacation
  • Old Guy
1997
No Score Yet The Great Mom Swap
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Side by Side
  • Louis Hammerstein
1988
No Score Yet The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Emperor
1987
No Score Yet Love Is Never Silent
  • Mr. Petrakis
1985
No Score Yet Stoogemania
  • Doctor Fixyer Mindyer
1985
No Score Yet Sid Caesar's Shape Up
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Gryphon
1985
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Fisherman
1984
No Score Yet Over the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Uncle Benjamin
1984
32% Grease 2
  • Coach Calhoun
1982
No Score Yet The Munsters' Revenge
  • Actor
1981
62% History of the World---Part I
  • Chief Caveman
1981
No Score Yet Dorothy in the Land of Oz (Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz)
  • Actor
1980
20% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Joe Capone
1980
No Score Yet Intergalactic Thanksgiving
  • Actor
1979
75% Grease
  • Coach Calhoun
1978
46% The Cheap Detective
  • Ezra Dezire
1978
No Score Yet Barnaby and Me
  • Leo Fisk
1977
No Score Yet Curse of the Black Widow
  • Actor
1977
81% Silent Movie
  • Studio Chief
1976
29% Airport 1975
  • Barney
1974
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing
  • Ben Powell
1967
67% A Guide for the Married Man
  • Technical Advisor
1967
No Score Yet The Busy Body
  • George Norton
1967
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Melville Crump
1963
No Score Yet 10 From Your Show Of Shows
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
1998
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1983

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