In the 1950’s army comedy, THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, the running gag was Sgt.phil_silvers003-edit-1-1 Bilko’s hiding gambling games from his superiors. In real life, Phil Silvers also loved gambling, sometimes losing pretty fair amounts of money. In 1962 he suffered a nervous breakdown after years of suffering from chronic depression. He was considered to be one of the great mastermind comics of the 1950’s. The youngest child of Russian Jewish immigrants became a real legend of comedy, although his own personal life was long-suffering.