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Wednesday
Feb122014

Comedic Legend Sid Caesar Dies at 91

PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, an influential comedian and actor, has died, his family confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday. He was 91.

His close friend and collaborator, Carl Reiner, also confirmed the news to ABC and said he found out about his passing early Wednesday morning.

Caesar was best known for his comedy on shows like Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, as well as playing Coach Calhoun in Grease and Grease 2. He was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards and won twice.

Reiner worked with Caesar on Your Show of Shows, and told ABC without question, "No one could do what Sid did."

Caesar also sang with the musical trio The Hair Cuts, which included Reiner and Howard Morris and was nominated for Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for Little Me.

"The King" as Caesar's friends and fellow comedians called him, leaves behind a generation of comics and actors he influenced, including Billy Crystal and Richard Lewis. Woody Allen also got one of his first big breaks writing for his specials in the 1950's.

The Yonkers native was married to Florence Levy for almost 60 years until her death in 2010. They had three children.

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