His crazy skits and gentle satire made him an instant TV sensation, and Sid Caesar's death at 91 has now been confirmed by long-time friend Larry King, who wrote via Twitter:
Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 12, 2014
Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him
No further details about his death were made immediately available.
Caesar, who established a new medium of TV with his live variety show "Your Show of Shows" in the early '50s, was a mentor to many blossoming young comedy writers who would go on to have great success in the business. Among them: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen.
The sketch show ultimately got canceled after 5 seasons and the New York native was never able to achieve the same level of success after its demise.
During this time, the actor reportedly suffered from alcoholism, but with the help of family, including his devoted wife Florence Levy, was able to reclaim his life, becoming a health fanatic and popping up in a handful of films over the next five decades.
Probably his most well-remembered movie role was as gym teacher Coach Calhoun in the 1978 classic "Grease."
Caesar with John Travolta in "Grease"
Caesar is survived by his three children with Levy, who died in 2010 after the couple celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
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