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Bennett Cerf (I) (1898–1971)

Bennett Cerf was born on May 25, 1898 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Bennett Alfred Cerf. He was an actor and writer, known for What's My Line? (1950), The Match Game (1962) and See What You Know (1946). He was married to Phyllis Fraser and Sylvia Sidney. He died on August 27, 1971 in Mount Kisco, New York. See full bio »

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Known For

What's My Line?
What's My Line? Himself - Panelist / Himself / Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Moderator
The Match Game
The Match Game Team Captain / Team Member
See What You Know
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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).

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6' 1" (1.85 m)

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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 »


Father of Christopher Cerf and Jonathan Cerf, with his wife Phyllis Fraser. See more »

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