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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).

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bennett Alfred Cerf

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

When Joan Crawford became a star, the first time they brought her to the [MGM] New York office, she was taken around the office and introduced to all the executives. She gave them all the icy star treatment, very uppety and condescending. When they came around to [Howard] Dietz, she tried the same tactics with him. Dietz stopped her cold with, "Don't give me any of that crap, Miss Crawford. I ... See more »

Trivia:

Random House's colophon (trademark image) was designed by celebrated artist Rockwell Kent, who originally sketched it on a cocktail napkin. See more »

Nickname:

Bennett Snerf

Star Sign:

Gemini

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