Sid Caesar
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Sid Caesar | 1922-2014

Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar (1922-2013) -- A television pioneer who reigned as the king of live TV sketch comedy in the 1950s. (Krista Niles / Associated Press)
At the Televison Critics Assn. summer conference in 2005, Caesar speaks a panel discussion for the show “Pioneers of Primetime” that included (left to right) Red Buttons, Bruce DuMont (president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications), Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney and Caesar. (Robert Lachman, Los Angeles Times)
Award-winning comedian
Caesar won an Emmy for best continuing performance by a comedian in a series for “Caesar’s Hour.” From left, Edward R. Murrow, Nanette Fabray, Caesar and Phil Silvers. (Associated Press)
In his home office, Caesar has Emmys and a large collection of memorabilia from his work and others. (Tammy Lechner / Los Angeles Times)
Caesar and Hope
Sid Caesar admired Bob Hope, and here the comedy legends dine in the Wedgwood Room of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
Comedians Milton Berle, left, Bob Hope and Sid Caesar wave from the stage during the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Getty Images / AFP)
Comedic duo
Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca are shown in a scene from one of the fondly remembered skits of the classic comedy program “Your Show of Shows,” which ran on NBC from 1950 to 1954. (NBC)
Caesar and Coca
Sid Caesar, center, and Imogene Coca reunited professionally for a time in Las Vegas. Here they rehearse for their debut at the Sahara Hotel. At left is their colleague Milton Frome. (Associated Press)
Imogene Coca
Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca pose in 1991 in front of a photo taken of them in 1952. (Larry Bessell / Los Angeles Times)
NBC star
Caesar stands in front of a cardboard cutout from one of his early programs as he waits for ceremonies honoring him as one of the first inductees into NBC’s “Walk of Fame” in the network’s Rockefeller Center store in New York in 1999. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
Orchestrating laughs
At a press conference in 1995 announcing the formation of the Glendale Festival Orchestra, Sid Caesar makes a face, which may or may not be part of his premiere performance with the orchestra, “Sid Caesar: Launching the Next Fifty Years!.” (Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times)
Enduring work
Thomas and Buddy Hackett (front) and Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, Phil Silvers, Milton Berle and Eddie “Rodchester” Anderson (rear), in the 1963 Untied Artist movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” (United Artist)
Sid Caesar and comedy writers
Comedian Sid Caesar and his ‘50s TV series inspired Neil Simon’s play “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Pictured here with a quartet of comedy writers. (Bob Carey / Los Angeles Times)
Veteran writers and directors gather for lunch at Factors Deli in Los Angeles on July 11, 2012. Back row, from left: Matty Simmons, founder of National Lampoon and producer of “Animal House"; Bud Friedman, owner of the Improv; Gary Owens, radio announcer-actor and announcer on TV’s “Laugh-In"; John Rappaport, producer-writer of “MASH"; and Ben Starr, writer of “Our Man Flint.” In the front row, from left, Arthur Hiller, Oscar-nominated director for “Love Story"; Sid Caesar, Emmy award-winning comic actor; Rocky Kalish, writer; and Monty Hall, television host. They meet every two weeks and are the subject of a new documentary “Lunch” by Donna Kanter. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)