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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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 1971 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
 1971 The Funny Side (TV Series)
Special Guest Host
- The Funny Side of Money (1971) ... Special Guest Host
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie)
Man Who Finds Silver Dollar
 1970 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
Guest of Honor
- Friars Club Roast of Jack Benny (1970) ... Guest of Honor
 1964-1967 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Jack Benny / Harry Tuttle
- Lucy with George Burns (1966) ... Jack Benny (voice, uncredited)
- Lucy and the Plumber (1964) ... Harry Tuttle
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (Ollie 'Sweet Lips')
 1967 All About People (Short)
Narrator
 1965 The Jack Benny Hour (TV Movie)
Jack Benny / Rosano
 1962 Gypsy
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Jack Bowen
 1960 The George Burns Show (TV Movie)
Jack Benny
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Chicken Finsterwald
 1960 Who Was That Lady?
Mr. Cosgrove (uncredited)
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- George Burns in the Big Time (1959) ... Jack Benny
 1959 The Mouse That Jack Built (Short)
Jack (voice)
 1959/I The Jack Benny Hour (TV Movie)
Jack Benny
 1955-1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Jack Benny / Loring Rigley / Howard Carroll
- Episode #4.7 (1958) ... Jack Benny
- Episode #4.4 (1958)
- Skits & Sketches (1957)
- Cloak and Dagger (1957)
 1957 Beau James
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1953-1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Tom Jones / Harold Fenton / Sheldon Weeks
- The Fenton Touch (1957) ... Harold Fenton
- The Honest Man (1956) ... Sheldon Weeks
- The Face Is Familiar (1954) ... Tom Jones
- The Marriage Fix (1953) ... Tom Jones
 1955 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Landlord
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Cautious Gambler
- The House Always Wins (1955) ... Cautious Gambler (uncredited)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Athanael
 1949 The Great Lover
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1946 Without Reservations
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Richard Clarke
 1942 George Washington Slept Here
Bill Fuller
 1939 Man About Town
Bob Temple
 1938 Artists and Models Abroad
Buck Boswell
 1937 Artists & Models
Mac Brewster
 1936 College Holiday
J. Davis Bowster
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Jack Carson
 1935 It's in the Air
Calvin Churchill
 1935 Broadway Melody of 1936
Bert Keeler
 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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Show Show Producer (3 credits)
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Show Show Self (108 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (80 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(3/31/49) Radio: Appeared in the "How Jack Benny Became Cheap" episode of "The Burns & Allen 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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I began my show business career playing violin in San Francisco at the corner of Market and Taylor. I understand that there is a theater there now. See more »

Trivia:

He once appeared on the TV quiz show The $64,000 Question (1955). After answering the first question correctly he quit and took home $1.00. His category was violins. See more »

Trademark:

Billed himself as "the Original 'Old Blue Eyes'" See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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