Legendary comedian Sid Caesar died February 12. He was 91.
A pioneer of network television, Caesar’s first series, Admiral Broadway Revue (1949) with Imogene Coca ironically was so popular that the sponsor, a TV set manufacturer, couldn’t keep up with orders and dropped the show. Caesar moved on to Your Show of Shows (1950-1954) and Caesar’s Hour (1954).
In later years he also appeared in movies — Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Airport 1975, and the 1998 production of Ray Bradbury’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.
Caesar inspired the Alan Brady character in the Dick Van Dyke series and “King” Kaiser in My Favorite Year.
Don’t forget he was in Its A Mad Mad Mad mad World
And he didn’t die at 27. He did manage his drinking problem and lived long enough to have people recognize his talents. He wasn’t a writer, but an interpreter of other people’s scripts. *sigh*.
To add a sci-fi link to this posting how many people recognized Admiral Adama in the clip from The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit?
Who’s Admiral Adama?
The head guy from the second incarnation of Battlestar Galactica.