LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — American comic actor and writer Sid Caesar, who was best known as the leading man on the 1950’s TV series “Your Show Of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour”, has died at his home at the age of 91.
Caesar, who was better known to younger generations as Coach Calhoun in “Grease” and “Grease 2”, was also a talented saxophonist and musician who sang with Carl Reiner and Howard Morris in the satirical trio “The Hair Cuts”, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Talk show legend Larry King was among the first to break the news on Twitter, writing: “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.”
His death was later confirmed by business manager Malcolm Orland.
Comedian and friend Carl Reiner released the following statement:
“From my vantage point, which was sometimes no further than an inch from his face, and one time nose on nose, he was in-arguably the greatest pantomimist, monologist and single sketch comedian who ever worked in television. His ability to mimic foreign languages in double talk was extraordinary. He could make you believe you were actually listening to a man speaking German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese or Japanese. He was a great flame who all the comedy moths wanted to be around, moths like Mel Brooks, Mel Tolkin, Lucille Kallen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart,, Joe Stein, Tony Webster, and in Sid’s last year on television, Woody Allen.”
A cause of death was not immediately released.