NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –– Sid Caesar, a giant of the Golden Age of Television, has died.

He was 91.

Family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld says Caesar died early Wednesday.

Born Isaac Sidney Caesar in Yonkers, N.Y. on Sept. 8, 1922, the innovative, influential comedy genius’s sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor.

Caesar’s two most important programs were “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.” He used them to display his incredible skill in pantomime, satire, mimicry, dialect and sketch comedy.

He paired with Imogene Coca in sketches that became comedy classics.

He attracted a stable of young writers who went on to highly successful careers of their own including Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.

Caesar also appeared on Broadway and on the big screen in the 1963 comedy epic “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”

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