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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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[Howard] Dietz was a friend whom I grew up with and he's one of the funniest men I know. One day at MGM Louis Mayer complained that Dietz was leaving too early in the afternoons. Dietz countered, "But you have to remember, Mr. Mayer, I get in very late in the mornings." See more »


Named his publishing company "Random House" because he thought they would be printing "...a few books at random.". See more »

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