(1942-44) Radio: Star of NBC Radio's "The Grape Nuts Flakes Program".
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Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Did You Know?
[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.
According to Phyllis Diller
's autobiography "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", in the late 1960s Broadway producer David Merrick
approached Benny with the idea of him playing Dolly Levi in drag in "Hello, Dolly!" opposite George Burns
as Horace Vandergelder. The intention was to turn Broadway on its ear and revive flagging interest in the show, which had been running since 1964, originally with
Billed himself as "the Original 'Old Blue Eyes'"