Sid Caesar Net Worth

January 28, 2023
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FILE - This July 12, 2005 file photo shows comedians Sid Caesar, left, and Red Buttons at the Television Critics Association PBS Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 91. (AP Photo/Mathew Imaging, Mark W. Davis, File)

Isaac Sidney Caesar was born on 8 September 1922, in Yonkers, New York City, USA, of Jewish descent. Sid was an actor and writer, best known for helping pioneer comedy through the television series “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour”, being active in the industry from 1946 to 2006. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing.

How rich is Sid Caesar? As of late-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $10 million, mostly earned through success in comedy. He appeared in numerous films, including “Silent Movie” and “Grease”, and was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his career; all of these achievements ensured the position of his wealth.


Sid Caesar Net Worth $10 million


Growing up, Sid was often at his parents’ restaurant, and there started to develop his comedy skill through mimicking the various clientele. He started creating sketches at the time, and also learned to play the saxophone. He attended Yonkers High School, and matriculated in 1939.

Caesar then left home to pursue a musical career – he moved to Manhattan and started working as a doorman of Capitol Theater. He then found work as a saxophonist in the Catskill Mountains, and during his time there he was mentored, and performed in comedy shows. In 1939, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard and also did shows during his service. He then joined the musicians’ union and started performing with various artists, with his net worth increasing due to the success of his comedy acts. He included comedy with his musical acts, which established his eventual path in comedy. After World War II, he moved to Hollywood and was cast in acting roles; he became a part of “The Guilt of Janet Ames” and performed in the Broadway revue entitled “Make Mine Manhattan”. In 1948, he would win a Donaldson Award.

Sid also found a lot of television work which would increase his net worth significantly. His first series was “Admiral Broadway Revue” which was highly successful, yet the sponsor could not keep up with the demand which led to the show’s end. In 1950, he would appear in the first episode of “Your Show of Shows” which featured various musical guests, and was a mix of comedy sketches, satire, music and big production numbers. Some of the guests of the show included Jackie Cooper, Michael Redgrave, Lena Horne and Fred Allen, and several writers also got their big break thanks to the success of the show. In 1952, Sid got his first Emmy Award, and “Your Show of Shows” would continue to run until 1954. After a few months, he created the variety sketch show “Caesar’s Hour” which consisted mostly of his previous crew; the budget of the show doubled and ran until 1958. Sid then continued to make appearances in other projects such as the musical “Little Me”, being nominated for a Tony Award.

Caesar found many opportunities that impacted his net worth. However, after the end of “Caesar’s Hour”, his success started to wane. He did several performances on stage during the 1970s, but later stopped as he struggled with alcoholism. He would make occasional appearances in the 1980s including in “History of the World, Part I”, which reunited him with writer Mel Brooks, and he also starred in “Grease” and “Four on a Garden”. In 1983, he hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live”, and years later, he made a guest appearance in “Vegas Vacation” before appearing in “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”. In 2001, he also appeared in “Larry King Live” alongside comedian Drew Carey.

For his personal life, it is known that Sid married Florence Levy in 1943 and they had three children. She passed away in 2010. Four years later, he passed away at the age of 91 after a brief illness. Many comedians gave tribute to him after his passing.

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