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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 / 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 / Himself / 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)
Hollywood Canteen
Hollywood Canteen Jack Benny
(1944)

Filmography

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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
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (Ollie 'Sweet Lips')
 1964-1966 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
 1963 General Foods Opening Night (TV Movie)
 1962 Gypsy
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Jack Bowen
 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)
 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)
 1937 Artists & Models
Mac Brewster
 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 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)
Show Show Soundtrack (16 credits)
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Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (117 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (89 credits)

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Other Works:

(6/19/44) Radio: Appeared on "Fifth War Loan Drive" on CBS. See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 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 met his future wife Mary Livingstone while he was appearing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, and he regularly ate across the street at the lunch counter of the May Company department store, where Mary worked as a lingerie salesgirl. Jack Benny actually first met his wife Mary Livingstone in Vancouver British Columbia when he was appearing there, possibly at the Orpheum there as well. See more »

Trademark:

Never admitted to being older than 39 See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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