Phil Silvers Overview:

Character actor, Phil Silvers, was born Philip Silver on May 11, 1911 in New York City, NY. Silvers died at the age of 74 on Nov 1, 1985 in Century City, CA .

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Explosive, bespectacled American comedian whose vigorous shirkers entertained wartime film audiences before he returned to vaudeville and stage shows. In the mid-1950s he re-emerged on television as one of the world's most popular comedians, playing the bald, scheming army sergeant Bilko in the long-running You'll Never Get Rich. Film appearances afterwards did not repeat that success, and he was in poor health for some years before his death.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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THE NEIL SIMON BLOGATHON: You'll Never Get Rich aka The Show (1955-1959)

on Oct 13, 2018 From Caftan Woman

Welcome to The Neil Simon Blogathon, a two-day internet event. Saturday, October 13th please join the creator and co-host of the blogathon, Rich at Wide Screen World by clicking HERE. Sunday, October 14th Caftan Woman hosts the festivities HERE. The lady who sat to my left in the second ... Read full article


Top Banana! Broadway to 3-D, 1954, with Funny-man,

By C. S. Williams on Apr 25, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

Top Banana starring (which premiered Friday, February 19, 1954[1]) first had a successful Broadway run at the Winter Garden Theatre, opening on Thursday, November 1, 1951, and after 350 (Banana was Dark for 29 days, on a layoff from August 3 – August 31, 1952) performances closed ... Read full article


Top Banana! Broadway to 3-D, 1954, with Funny-man,

By C. S. Williams on Apr 25, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

Top Banana starring (which premiered Friday, February 19, 1954[1]) first had a successful Broadway run at the Winter Garden Theatre, opening on Thursday, November 1, 1951, and after 350 (Banana was Dark for 29 days, on a layoff from August 3 – August 31, 1952) performances closed ... Read full article


Top Banana! Broadway to 3-D, 1954, with Funny-man,

By C. S. Williams on Apr 25, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

Top Banana starring (which premiered Friday, February 19, 1954[1]) first had a successful Broadway run at the Winter Garden Theatre, opening on Thursday, November 1, 1951, and after 350 (Banana was Dark for 29 days, on a layoff from August 3 – August 31, 1952) performances closed ... Read full article


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Phil Silvers Quotes:

Otto Meyer: [Honking car as it pulls into the Ray & Irwin Garage] Fellas. I'm glad you're here. Look, I need your help. Here's what happened. I had this blowout. I think there's a spare in the back. It may be a little flat. Take a look at it will you kid? Is there an airport anyplace around here? Look, if the spare is flat don't bother fixing it. Gimme a new tire, alright? You ain't got a new tire? Then you'll have to fix the spare. But don't look at me. Move it, will you kid? You, you could be gassing up while he's working. What is it a staring contest? Come on!
[claps his hands over and over]
Otto Meyer: Move! Move, will you kid? Come on!


Hap Schneider: Say, how about a little square-dancin'? Yahoo!
[jumps on the table and it collapses]
Party Guest: Alright?
Hap Schneider: Must be these boots, I'm used to dancing in my bare feet. How's everybody? Ah! Yahoo!


Hap Schneider: [after Candy breaks a mirror] Hey, what's the matter with you? That's seven years bad luck.
Candy Williams: Let's make it fourteen.
[smashes another mirror]
Hap Schneider: Wanna try for twenty-one?
[Candy smashes a third mirror]


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Enjoyed a long string of Broadway successes, most notably "High Button Shoes" (1948), "Top Banana" (1951, for which he won a Tony award), "Do-Re-Mi" (1961), "How the Other Half Loves" (1970), and the revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1971, and another Tony win).

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 740-741. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Later in life, after having cataract surgery on both eyes and with lenses then implanted in his eyes, he no longer needed eyeglasses. However, he continued to wear them without any glass in them -- just the frames -- because his glasses were, after all, his trademark.

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