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Bennett Cerf (I) (1898–1971)

Best known as publisher and founder of Random House. Published many giants of 20th century American literature, including William Faulkner, James Michener, and Ayn Rand. Published James Joyce's Ulysses in the US after winning landmark Supreme Court obscenity case. Edited compilations of humor and joke books. Appeared regularly on "What's My Line?"... See full bio »

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Known For

What's My Line?
What's My Line? Himself - Panelist / Himself - Moderator
(1950-1967)
The Match Game
The Match Game Himself - Team Captain / Himself - Team Member
(1963-1969)
See What You Know
(1946)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
(1968-1978)

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Other Works:

Author of "Bennett Cerf's Book of Laughs" (1959), "Bennett Cerf's Book of Riddles" (1960), "More Riddles"(1961), "Bennett Cerf's Book of Animal Riddles" (1964), "Bennett Cerf's Silliest Pop-up Riddles" (1967), & "Bennett Cerf's Pop-up Limericks" (1967).

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bennett Alfred Cerf

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

My philosophy is to try to bring joy into the world. Then you're being a good person. As I said, if you can leave people just a little bit happier after they leave you than they were when they met you, you are my idea of a valuable citizen. Especially today, anybody that can cheer people up a little and not indulge in this undermining handwringing that we're all doing. See more »

Trivia:

Once worked for a Wall Street brokerage. See more »

Nickname:

Bennett Snerf

Star Sign:

Gemini

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