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Jack Benny (1894–1974)


The son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined vaudeville. In the same theatre that Benny was ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Stage: Appeared in "Earl Carroll's Vanities" on Broadway. Musical comedy/revue. Music by Jay Gorney and Harold Arlen. Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and Ted Koehler. Music orchestrated by Domenico Savino. Dialogue (sketches) by Eddie Welch and Eugene Conrad. Musical Direction by Ray Kavanaugh. Choreographed by LeRoy Prinz. Costume designer: ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

[to Rodney Dangerfield] I'm cheap and I'm thirty-nine, that's my image. But your 'no respect', that's the soul of everybody. Everybody can identify with that. See more »

Trivia:

One of Benny's best-known schticks as a radio star was his long-standing feud with fellow radio comedian Fred Allen. The two often appeared on each other's radio programs to trade barbs. Sadly, other than an appearance on The Jack Benny Program (1950), in which Allen tries to steal Jack's sponsor, this did not carry over into television, as Allen died shortly after beginning his own TV show. In ... See more »

Trademark:

Theme song: "Love in Bloom" See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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