Yonkers Mourns City Native, Comedy Legend Sid Caesar

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Yonkers native Sid Caesar died Wednesday at the age of 91, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Yonkers native Sid Caesar died Wednesday at the age of 91, according to Entertainment Weekly. Photo Credit: Filed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers is in mourning after legendary comedian and beloved Yonkers native Sid Caesar died Wednesday at the age of 91.

Caesar became one of the first comedians to be featured on television with the 1950s variety show "Your Show Of Shows." He is also known to many younger audiences as Coach Calhoun from the film "Grease."

The 1939 Yonkers High School graduate's parents owned a 24-hour luncheonette for many years on Warburton Avenue near Larkin Plaza in Yonkers.

Mayor Mike Spano reacted to Caesar's passing via the City's Facebook page shortly after hearing the news.

"We're sad to hear of the passing of Sid Caesar, one of Yonkers' greatest sons and an absolute legend on the screen and stage," the post said.

In September 2012, Spano presented Caesar with a key to the city. 

Mary Hoar, president of the Yonkers Historical Society, said Yonkers has lost a true local legend.

"Caesar revolutionized the entertainment industry with his unique brand of comedy, and helped to make the television industry what it is today. This son of Yonkers brought laughter to the world, and will greatly be missed.  May he rest in peace," she said.

Councilman Michael Sabatino agreed that Caesar was a pioneer in television comedy entertainment.

"We should be proud he had his roots here in Yonkers," he said.

What are your memories of Sid Caesar? Share them below.

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