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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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 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (Ollie 'Sweet Lips')
 1967 All About People (Short)
Narrator
 1962 Gypsy
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1960 Who Was That Lady?
Mr. Cosgrove (uncredited)
 1959 The Mouse That Jack Built (Short)
Jack (voice)
 1957 Beau James
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1949 The Great Lover
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1946 Without Reservations
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Richard Clarke
 1937 Artists & Models
Mac Brewster
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Jack Carson
 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 The Medicine Man
Dr. John Harvey
 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:

(1933-34) Radio: Star of NBC Radio's "The Chevrolet Show". 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:

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

Trivia:

His most famous gag was on his radio show when, in his usual character as a comical miser, he's confronted by a robber who says, "Your money or your life." That's followed by two to three minutes of dead silence, except for the audience which laughed with increasing volume as the silence continued. Finally the robber prodded Jack by saying, "Well?" to which Benny responded, "I'm thinking it over!" See more »

Trademark:

His inept violin playing See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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