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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 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 Joseph Tura
(1942)
(1942)

Filmography

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 1968-1972 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #6.9 (1972) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #6.6 (1972) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #3.20 (1970) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #3.19 (1970) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #3.12 (1969) ... Guest Performer
 1968-1971 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- Lucy and the Celebrities (1971) ... Jack Benny
- Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography (1970) ... Jack Benny
- Lucy Visits Jack Benny (1968) ... Jack Benny
 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
 1950-1965 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Jack Benny / District Attorney / Benny the Louse / ...
- Smothers Brothers Show (1965) ... Jack Benny
- Jack Has Dog Trouble (1965) ... Jack Benny
- Jack Appears on a Panel Show (1965) ... Jack Benny
- Dennis Opens a Bank Account (1965) ... Jack Benny
- Jack's Navy Buddy Returns (1965) ... Jack Benny
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Man in Car in Desert (uncredited)
 1963 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- Joey's Lost What-Cha-Ma-Call-It (1963) ... Jack Benny
 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)
 1957-1960 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- That Ol' Devil Jack Benny (1960) ... Jack Benny
- Jack Benny Takes Danny's Job (1958) ... Jack Benny
- Lose Me in Las Vegas (1957) ... Jack Benny
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- George Burns in the Big Time (1959) ... Jack Benny
 1959 The Mouse That Jack Built (Short)
Jack (voice)
 1958 The George Burns Show (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- Jack Benny Comes Over (1958) ... Jack Benny
- George and the Private Eye (1958) ... Jack Benny
 1955-1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Jack Benny / Loring Rigley / Howard Carroll
- Episode #4.7 (1958) ... Jack Benny
- Episode #4.4 (1958)
- Jack Benny Celebrates His 40th Birthday (1958) ... Jack Benny
- Skits & Sketches (1957)
- Cloak and Dagger (1957)
 1958 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- Bentley, the Homemaker (1958) ... Jack Benny
 1957 Beau James
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1951-1957 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Jack Benny
- The Home Graduation (1957) ... Jack Benny (uncredited)
- Ronnie Gets an Agent (1956) ... Jack Benny
- Gracie Thinks George is Retiring from Show Business (1953) ... Jack Benny (voice, uncredited)
- Jack Benny Steals George's Joke (1952) ... Jack Benny
 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 (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
- The Horn Blows at Midnight (1953) ... Athanael (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
 1952 Somebody Loves Me
Jack Benny
 1949 The Great Lover
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1946 Without Reservations
Jack Benny (uncredited)
 1945 It's in the Bag!
Jack Benny
 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight
Athanael
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Jack Benny
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Richard Clarke
 1942 George Washington Slept Here
Bill Fuller
 1942 To Be or Not to Be
Joseph Tura
 1941 Charley's Aunt
Babbs Babberley
 1940 Love Thy Neighbor
Jack Benny
 1940 Buck Benny Rides Again
Jack Benny
 1939 Man About Town
Bob Temple
 1938 Artists and Models Abroad
Buck Boswell
 1937 Artists & Models
Mac Brewster
 1936 College Holiday
J. Davis Bowster
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Jack Carson
 1935 It's in the Air
Calvin Churchill
 1935 Broadway Melody of 1936
Bert Keeler
 1934 Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round
Chad Denby
 1933 Mr. Broadway
Jack Benny
 1931 Taxi Tangle (Short)
Jack Benny
 1931 Cab Waiting (Short)
Jack Benny
 1931 A Broadway Romeo (Short)
Jack Benny
 1930 The Medicine Man
Dr. John Harvey
 1930 Children of Pleasure
Jack - Radio Performer (uncredited)
 1930 Lord Byron of Broadway
Voice on Radio (uncredited)
 1930 The Rounder (Short)
Mr. Bartlett
 1930 Chasing Rainbows
Eddie Rock
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929
Jack Benny - Master of Ceremonies
 1928 Bright Moments (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Late 1960s) TV commercial: Texaco. He appeared with his famous Maxwell automobile and, in keeping with his miserly image, usually bought only one gallon of gas at a time. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Frank Fay] I used to like Frank Fay very much. I was never a very good friend of his--there weren't too many people that were friends of his--but on the stage I admired him. See more »

Trivia:

At his funeral George Burns began the eulogy but broke down. Bob Hope rose to the podium in a shaky voice and honored the comedian by reading, "for a man who was the undisputed master of comedy timing, you'd have to say that this was the only time when Jack Benny's timing was all wrong. He left us much too soon." See more »

Trademark:

His inept violin playing See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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