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Encyclopedia > Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers in his heyday.
Birth name Philip Silver
Born 11 May 11 1911
New York, New York
Died 1 November 1985
Century City, California
Other name(s) The King of Chutzpah
Spouse(s) Jo-Carroll Dennison (1945-1950)
Evelyn Patrick (1956-1966) 5 children
Notable roles Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Mister Applegate in Damn Yankees!

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His best-known work is The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom set on a US Army post in which he played Sergeant Bilko; the show was also often referred to by this name. He won a Tony Award for Top Banana in 1952 (it was turned into a film in 1954). The show's chief writer, Nat Hiken, was TV's first writer-producer, and Hiken helped set a high comic tone for the show through his inventive plots and snappy comedic repartee for the characters. Opening Logo The Phil Silvers Show (originally titled Youll Never Get Rich) was a comedy television series which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for a total of 143 episodes (including a 1959 special). ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The United States Army is one of the armed forces of the United States and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Album cover for the Original Cast Recording soundtrack from Top Banana. ... Nat Hiken (June 13, 1924 - December 7, 1968) was a pioneering American TV writer, producer, and songwriter who rose to prominence in the 1950s. ... Look up Wit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wit is a form of intellectual humor, based on manipulation of concepts; a wit is someone who excels in witty remarks, typically in conversation and spontaneously, since wit carries the connotation of speed of thought. ...


Born Philip Silver in Brooklyn, New York, Silvers was the youngest of eight children in a Russian Jewish family. His father was one of the workers on the early New York skyscrapers. Silvers started entertaining at age 11, when he would sing in theaters when the projector broke down (a common occurrence in those days). Two years later, he left school to sing professionally, before appearing in vaudeville as a stooge. Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... NY redirects here. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: &#1497;&#1492;&#1493;&#1491;&#1497;) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination...


Silvers then landed work in short films, burlesque houses, and on Broadway, where he made his debut in the short-lived show Yokel Boy. The critics raved about Silvers, who was hailed as the bright spot in the mediocre play. He then wrote the revue High Kickers, until he went to Hollywood to star in films. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... ...


He made his film debut in Hit Parade of 1941 (1940) (his previous appearance as a pitch man in Strike Up the Band was cut). Over the next two decades, he appeared in character roles for MGM, Columbia, and 20th Century Fox, in such films as Lady Be Good, Coney Island, Cover Girl, and Summer Stock. When the studio system started collapsing, he then turned to television and more stardom in the role of Sgt. Ernie Bilko. MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the major American film studios. ... Lady Be Good is the title of an MGM musical film which was released in 1941. ... Image of Coney Island, located in the middle left of the picture, taken by NASA. The peninsula to the right is Rockaway, Queens. ... A cover girl is a female model or entertainer whose photograph appears on the front cover of a magazine to attract attention on the shelf, usually a magazine devoted to womens interests (such as Redbook or Seventeen) or mens interests (such as Gentlemens Quarterly, Maxim or Esquire). ... Summer Stock is an MGM musical made in 1950. ...


Throughout the 1960s, he appeared in films such as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He also guested on various variety shows such as The Carol Burnett Show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and The Dean Martin Show. Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is an American motion picture directed by Stanley Kramer about a madcap pursuit of $350,000 by a diverse group of strangers. ... Hi! Youre car can speak <a href=http://immobilizer. ... The original cast in 1967. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Dean Martin Show was a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974, for 245 episodes. ...

Opening Logo for The Phil Silvers Show.
Opening Logo for The Phil Silvers Show.

Silvers famously starred as a guest in one of the famed British Carry On films, Follow That Camel (1967), as a Sergeant Bilko character in a spoof of the Foreign Legion films. Peter Rogers employed him to ensure the Carry On films' success in America. Image File history File links Bilko_title. ... Image File history File links Bilko_title. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Carry On films were a long-running series of British popular low-budget comedy films, directed by Gerald Thomas and produced by Peter Rogers. ... Follow That Camel is the fourteenth Carry On film (and, like its predecessor, does not have the words Carry On in its original title). ... Legionnaire (film) The French Foreign Legion (French: Légion étrangère) is a unique elite unit within the French Army established in 1831. ... Peter Rogers (born 20 February 1914 in Rochester, Kent) is a British film producer. ... The Carry On films were a long-running series of British popular low-budget comedy films, directed by Gerald Thomas and produced by Peter Rogers. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


His salary was £30,000, the largest Carry On salary ever, only later met by the appearance of Elke Sommer in Carry On Behind. Despite his appearance in the film, he did not ensure the film's success on either side of the Atlantic. The Carry On films were a long-running series of British popular low-budget comedy films, directed by Gerald Thomas and produced by Peter Rogers. ... Elke Sommer in The Oscar Elke Sommer [IPA: É›lkÉ™ zÉ”mɐ] (born 5 November 1940) is a German born actress, entertainer, and artist. ... Carry On Behind is a 1975 film in the British Carry On series of comedies. ...


Famed voice actor Daws Butler employed an impression of Silvers as the voice of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Hokey Wolf and also used the same voice in numerous cartoons for Jay Ward. Furthermore, the premise of The Phil Silvers Show was the basis for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Top Cat, for which Arnold Stang moderately imitated Silvers' voice for the title character. Daws Butler in 1976. ... An impressionist is a performer whose act consists of giving the impression of being someone else by imitating the other persons voice and mannerisms. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Hokey Wolf Hokey Wolf is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon that was played on The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1960, filling the slot left by Yogi Bear. ... J. Troplong Jay Ward (September 20, 1920&#8211;October 12, 1989) was a creator and producer of animated television cartoons. ... Top Cat (also known for several decades as Boss Cat in the United Kingdom) was a Hanna-Barbera prime-time American animated television series which ran from September 27, 1961 to September 26, 1962 for 30 episodes on the ABC network on Wednesdays and continues to be shown on networks... Arnold Stang (born September 28, 1925 in Chelsea, Massachusetts) is a comic actor who plays a small and bespectacled, yet brash and knowing big-city type. ...


Silvers was very ill in the last few years of his life, even though he continued work into the early 1980s in film and TV, including a cameo appearance on Happy Days as the father of "Jenny Piccolo" (played by his real-life daughter Cathy Silvers). This was a thrill for Silvers, who was by all accounts a devoted father; his daughter Laurie wrote of her father secretly fighting his fear of water in the backyard pool at night, so that he could swim with his four young girls. Happy Days was a popular American television sitcom that originally aired between 1974 and 1984 on the ABC television network. ... Cathy Silvers (b. ...


A frail Silvers, interviewed before his death in 1985, revealed one of his secrets: "I’m an impatient comedian. And I feel the audience is as impatient as me." He died in his sleep of a heart attack in 1985 at age 74. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ...


In 2003, The Phil Silvers Show was voted Best Sitcom in the BBC guide to television comedy. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted #42 on the list of the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. Dick Van Dyke, who made his TV debut on "Bilko", says he "was always fascinated with Phil's sense of timing. Incredible." Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American television and movie actor, comedian and dancer. ...


Silvers was as compulsive a gambler in real life as his legendary comic creation Sgt. Ernie Bilko.


Stage credits

Preceded by
Robert Alda
for Guys and Dolls
Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical
1952
for Top Banana
Succeeded by
Thomas Mitchell
for Hazel Flagg
Preceded by
Hal Linden
for The Rothschilds
Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical
1972
for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Succeeded by
Ben Vereen
for Pippin

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Filmography

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Phil Silvers (3281 words)
Silvers was very ill in the last few years of his life, even though he continued work into the early 1980s in film and TV, including a cameo appearance on Happy Days as the father of "Jenny Piccolo" (played by his real-life daughter Cathy Silvers).
Phil Silvers had been around for years as the perennial 'second banana' - first in burlesque and vaudeville and then on Broadway and in the movies - when, after bringing the house down as MC of a CBS dinner in 1954, the network invited him to star in his own television comedy show.
Silvers was the quintessential New York Jewish comedian, and the show - written and filmed in Manhattan - was blessed with all of the sharpness that typifies these twin centres of humour.
The Phil Silvers show is recognized as 1950's TV comedic genius.  Join Olde Time Cooking in revisiting this ... (166 words)
The Phil Silvers show is recognized as 1950's TV comedic genius.
Phil Silvers honed his incredible comedic genius on stage appearing at top clubs as Minskys.
Phil Silvers played the part of Sgt. Bilko, a scheming sargent always trying to make a fast buck off of his fellow enlisted men (bilking them) and always one step ahead of the law.
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