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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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 1971 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
 1971 The Funny Side (TV Series)
Special Guest Host
- The Funny Side of Money (1971) ... Special Guest Host
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie)
Man Who Finds Silver Dollar
 1970 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
Guest of Honor
- Friars Club Roast of Jack Benny (1970) ... Guest of Honor
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (Ollie 'Sweet Lips')
 1967 All About People (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1964-1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Jack Benny / Harry Tuttle
- Lucy with George Burns (1966) ... Jack Benny (voice, uncredited)
- Lucy and the Plumber (1964) ... Harry Tuttle
 1963 General Foods Opening Night (TV Movie)
 1962 Gypsy
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Jack Bowen
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Chicken Finsterwald
 1960 Who Was That Lady?
Mr. Cosgrove (uncredited)
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- George Burns in the Big Time (1959) ... Jack Benny
 1959 The Mouse That Jack Built (Short)
Jack (voice)
 1955-1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Jack Benny / Loring Rigley / Howard Carroll
- Episode #4.7 (1958) ... Jack Benny
- Episode #4.4 (1958)
- Skits & Sketches (1957)
- Cloak and Dagger (1957)
 1957 Beau James
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1953-1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Tom Jones / Harold Fenton / Sheldon Weeks
- The Fenton Touch (1957) ... Harold Fenton
- The Honest Man (1956) ... Sheldon Weeks
- The Face Is Familiar (1954) ... Tom Jones
- The Marriage Fix (1953) ... Tom Jones
 1955 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Cautious Gambler
- The House Always Wins (1955) ... Cautious Gambler (uncredited)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1949 The Great Lover
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1946 Without Reservations
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1937 Artists & Models
Mac Brewster
 1934 Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round
Chad Denby
 1931 Taxi Tangle (Short)
Jack Benny
 1931 Cab Waiting (Short)
Jack Benny
 1931 A Broadway Romeo (Short)
Jack Benny
 1930 Children of Pleasure
Jack - Radio Performer (uncredited)
 1930 Lord Byron of Broadway
Voice on Radio (uncredited)
 1930 The Rounder (Short)
Mr. Bartlett
 1928 Bright Moments (Short)
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Other Works:

(3/31/49) Radio: Appeared in the "How Jack Benny Became Cheap" episode of "The Burns & Allen Show" See more »

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

Alternate Names:

Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny


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 »


Took his father to see To Be or Not to Be (1942), but he left the theatre disgusted when he saw Jack in a Nazi uniform. It wasn't until years later that Jack finally managed to convince him that he was making fun of Nazis not supporting them. His father saw the movie again and loved it. See more »


Image as penny-pincher See more »

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