HAIL SID CAESAR!

Sid Caesar:
Even though this blog is reserved for all things Lee Marvin or Lee Marvin Point Blank related, the news of Sid Caesar’s passing compels me to break my own rule. I was privileged to interview Caesar for Filmfax magazine back in 2001 to promote the video release of his classic variety show(s). It remains one of the highlights of my career.

It was fascinating from the start as I waited in his living room for him to finish up his interview with an NPR reporter. While waiting, I couldn’t help but hear an eruption of obscenities bursting forth from the next room. The NPR reporter was leaving, escorted out by the video producer. The exchange as they walked was of the reporter asking what was wrong with Caesar and the producer apologetically stating Caesar just felt bad for breaking his leg, recently. Now it should be said, Caesar’s temper in show business is the stuff of legend so when the prodocer smiled at me and said I was next, I had just to ask, “What the hell was that really all about?” The producer smiled sheepishly and said, “Well, Sid doesn’t like it when media people are unprepared.” I  gulped loudly.

The result of the next several hours, can be read below. It’s lengthy, but I think worth it, and it’s the best way I can think of to pay my respects to one of the most talented and influential individuals I ever met. Enjoy.

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LEE TV SHOWS: MARVIN ON TELEVISION

Lee’s TV Show appearance: From the earliest days of live television to the the TV-movies of the late 1980s, Lee Marvin had been a permanent fixture in America’s living rooms in spite of his screen success. An entire chapter of Lee Marvin Point Blank is dedicated to his TV performances in which he proved to be more versatile than he ever was on the big screen. Rather ironic considering he hated the medium of television. His versatility allowed him to do such things as …..

lastrenuinionplay romantic love scenes as shown above with Patricia Donahue in “The Last Reunion” episode of GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER.

He gave a poignant performance as a brain damaged boxer who must choose between the age-old conflict of his life or his pride in boxer

THE SCHILTZ PLAYHOUSE episode from September 1959 entitled “A Fistful Of Love.”

As manned space flight became a reality, he also played a troubled astronaut alongside E.G. Marshall inorbit

 

The DESILU PLAYHOUSE production entitled “Man In Orbit” in May of 1959.

His physical appearance had him playing bad guys in westerns in the movies but on TV he played

colgatewesterna western drifter in the title role of “The Easy-Going Man” episode of NBC’s COLGATE WESTERN THEATER.

As his success slowly grew, he was not above appearing in other types of shows simply as himself, such as

gameshowa short-lived game show entitled YOU DON’T SAY with host Tom Kennedy (center) and fellow celebrity contestant, Beverly Garland.

Even after his film success in the mid-sixties he continued to make appearances on such unlikely venues as

bobhopeBob Hope’s comedy specials and as a host of a 1976 TV special highlighting the work of

stuntsof such legendary stuntmen as Dar Robinson (right).

 

 

 

 

 

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