Phil Silvers

silvers1May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985

Comedian and actor, Phil Silvers, got his start in movie houses entertaining audiences when the projectors would break down. He spent the early parts of his career on the Broadway stage and in short subject films. Made the leap to feature pictures, but found his biggest fame as Sgt. Ernest Bilko on the CBS television show You’ll Never Get Rich – which was later named The Phil Silvers Show, once it was deemed a hit. Silvers was known as “The King of Chutzpah” for his physical, slap-sticky brand of comedy. After the success of his self-titled show, Silvers went on to appear in a many movies and returned a number of times to the stage. In 1972, he won a Tony Award for the role of Pseudolus in a revival of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – a role he turned down when the show first performed 10 years earlier. Silvers died of natural causes at the age of 72 after living with and continuing to perform despite the effects of a stroke he had suffered more than a decade before.

Burial

Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Heritage, Lot 1004; At the far western corner of the small, triangular lawn section at the southwest corner of the park.

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