Comic actor Phil Silvers (1911-1985), an unforgettable presence on stage and screen, perfected the art of making scheming characters immensely likable, earning him the nickname "The King of Chutzpah." He is best remembered for his character Sgt. Bilko, from "The Phil Silvers Show."
As a young teenager, the Brooklyn-born comedian was already performing in stage revues and short films, before making his Broadway debut in "Yokel Boy" in 1939.
Pictured: A publicity photo of Phil Silvers for his revue, "Top Banana," for which he won a 1952 Tony Award, and later filmed - in 3D!