Isaac Sidney Caesar (born September 8, 1922) known as Sid Caesar—is an Emmy Award-winning American comic actor, and the youngest of three sons born to Jewish immigrants living in Yonkers, New York. Max and Ida Caesar ran a restaurant, a 24-hour luncheonette. By waiting on tables, their son learned to mimic the patois, rhythm and accents of the diverse clientele, a technique he termed “double-talk,” which he would famously use throughout his career.
After graduating from Yonkers High School, Caesar left home, intent on a musical career. Caesar played in the dance band and learned to perform comedy, doing three shows a week at the Vacationland Hotel on Swan Lake in the Catskills. In 1939, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was stationed in Brooklyn, New York, where he played in military revues and shows.
Still in the service, Caesar was ordered to Palm Beach, Florida, where Vernon Duke and Howard Dietz were putting together a service revue called Tars and Spars. There he met the civilian director of the show, Max Liebman, who later produced his first television series. When Caesar’s comedy got bigger applause than the musical numbers, Liebman asked him to do stand-up bits between the songs. Tars and Spars toured nationally, and became Caesar’s first major gig as a comedian.
After the war, Caesar moved to Hollywood and a film version of Tars and Spars was made by Columbia Pictures, with Caesar reprising his role. (wikipedia)