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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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The Jack Benny Program Jack Benny / Benny the Louse / District Attorney / Himself / Zeke Benny / Alexander Hamilton / Alfalfa / Bruce Fink / Buck / Charles Manningham / Charleston T. Gundelfinger / Det. Lt. Benny / Dr. Benny / Dr. Jekyll / Gaylord Benny / General Sneed #2 / Jack's Father / Jonathan W. Goodheart / Jose Zeco / Koko the Lord High Executioner / Lem Skinner / Mr. Hyde / Paul Revere / Principal Benny / Ralph Kramden / Smeaton / Stephen Foster / Tarzan / Tex Morgan / The Cactus Kid / The Fiddler / The Old Year
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(1932-33) Radio: Star of "The Canada Dry Program", CBS Radio. 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' 8½" (1.74 m)

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Personal Quote:

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. See more »


He sometimes referred cryptically to "my book" in interviews over the years; the manuscript for his autobiography, "Sunday Nights at Seven," wasn't discovered until years after his death. See more »


Theme song: "Love in Bloom" See more »

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