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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 »

Known For

The Jack Benny Program
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
(1950-1965)
To Be or Not to Be
To Be or Not to Be Joseph Tura
(1942)
Broadway Melody of 1936
(1935)
George Washington Slept Here
(1942)

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Other Works:

(Late 1960s) TV commercial: The Wool Industry. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[After being presented with an award] I don't deserve this, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that, either. See more »

Trivia:

Towards the end of his TV series, he was waiting for his show to air and began watching Bonanza (1959), which started half an hour sooner. He wound up missing his show and said "If I won't even watch me, what chance do I have?". See more »

Trademark:

His inept violin playing See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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