Sid Caesar, the genius of 1950s TV comedy, has passed away following a brief illness at the age of 91. His "Your Show of Shows," 1950-54, with co-star Imogene Coca, and "Caesar's Hour," 1954-57, were amongst his major achievements. His sketch comedy, emphasizing human nature, still lives on in shows like “Saturday Night Live”, and “Modern Family”, to name two. While Caesar was best known for his TV shows, he also had success on Broadway and occasional film appearances, notably in "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World."
Caesar was born in 1922 in Yonkers, N.Y., the third son of Jewish immigrants. His first dream was to become a musician, and he played saxophone in bands during his teen years. His first TV comedy-variety show, "The Admiral Broadway Revue," aired in 1949. "Your Show of Shows," which debuted in February 1950, and "Caesar's Hour" came three years later, reaching as many as 60 million viewers weekly and earning its star $1 million annually at a time when $5 bought a steak dinner for two. Funeral plans are still pending.