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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Phil Silvers (1911 - 1985)


Happy birthday to "The King of Chutzpah" Phil Silvers - who would be 100 years old today.

He is maybe best-known as Sergeant Bilko from his own THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW.


  • Phil Silvers wrote the lyrics for Frank Sinatra's hit song "Nancy (with the laughing face)" (it was for some other girls before it became "Nancy" - and a hit..)

  • Frank Sinatra and Phil Silvers were close friends

  • He suffered from depression.

  • He gained £30,000 for his role in CARRY ON - FOLLOW THAT CAMEL (1967)- which was the largest CARRY ON salary ever. Phil Silvers, Jim Dale and Peter Butterworth were often seen to search in the sand for a lost contact lense during the shooting of this film.. ;")

  • He was a gambling addict.

  • After a surgery he did not need glasses anymore. But beacause they were his trademark he would go on wearing them - just without any glass in the frames.

Quotes corner:

"I’m an impatient comedian. And I feel the audience is as impatient as me."

And here is Phil Silver himself in COVER GIRL (1944) - watch out for Rita Hayworth, Eve Arden and Otto Kruger:

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