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Silvers, Phil

Born: 1911 AD
Died: 1985 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Actors, Comedians

1911 – He was Philip Silver born on the 11th day of May this year in New York, New York, USA.


1941 – He made his film debut in Hit Parade of this year, 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.


1945 – He tied knot with Jo-Caroll Denniskon this year and lived together until 1950. 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.


1952 – Silvers scored a major triumph in Top Banana, a Broadway show in this year. Silvers played Jerry Biffle, the egocentric, always-busy star of a major television show.


1955 – He became a household name in 1955 when he starred as Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko in “The Phil Silvers Show”. The military comedy became a huge television hit, with the opportunistic Bilko fast-talking his way through one obstacle after another.


1956 – Phil married Evelyn Patrick this year, the couple had 5 children. The couple separated after 10 years of marriage.


1960 – Throughout the 1960s he appeared internationally in films, such as it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and 40 Pounds of Trouble. He was featured in Marilyn Monroe’s last film, the unfinished “Something’s got to give”.


1967 – He starred as a guest in one of the famed British Carry On films, Follow That Camel, a Foreign Legion spoof in which he played a variation of the "Sergeant Bilko" character.


1972 – When actor-producer Larry Blyden mounted a Broadway revival of Forum in this year, he wanted Phil Silvers to play the lead, and this time Silvers agreed. The revival was a big hit.


1985 – He passed away on the 1st day of November this year in Century City, California, USA. He died in his sleep of a heart attack in this year at age 74.


2003 – On this year, “The Phil Silvers Show” was voted Best Sitcom in the BBC guide to television comedy.


2005 – 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.