This Day in Jewish History / Phil Silvers, funnyman who played scheming Sgt. Bilko, is born
U.S. comedian got his big break after emceeing the TV and Radio Correspondents’ Dinner in 1952, in front of President Eisenhower.
May 11, 1911, is the birthdate of Phil Silvers, the comic actor who created the character of Sgt. Bilko for television. Although “The Phil Silvers Show,” in which Silvers portrayed an irrepressible con man-cum-army sergeant always scheming (though never succeeding) to make it rich, lasted only four seasons from 1955-59, it made Bilko immortal in reruns, and earned Silvers a...
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