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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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(1934-42) Radio: Star of NBC Radio's "The Jell-O Program". See more »

Publicity Listings:

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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[Receiving a "joke" trophy for his performance in drag in Charley's Aunt (1941)] I'm caught with my gags down.. I've been waiting so long for an Oscar that I'm ready to accept anything from anybody. See more »


He turned down a role in The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938). The role was then given to 'Bob Hope (I)' (q)--his feature-film debut--which began his long and successful film career. See more »


Image as penny-pincher See more »

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