Paul Sills

Paul Sills, one of the founders of the famous Chicago-based improvisational comedy group known as The Second City, died June 2, 2008, at his home in Baileys Harbor, WI, of complications from pneumonia. He was 80. Since it was created in 1959, Second City has produced some of the most inventive and famous comedians and comic actors in the United States. Many alumni went on to be featured players in "Saturday Night Live" and from there became movie stars. Among the graduates who worked with Mr. Sills are John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers, Mike Nichols, Barbara Harris, Alan Arkin, Del Close, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, George Wendt, Shelly Long and Elaine May.

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  • Born: Nov 18, 1927
  • Death: Jun 2, 2008 in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1971 Outstanding Director Paul Sills' Story Theatre Winner
1971 Outstanding Director Ovid's Metamorphoses Winner