(3/31/49) Radio: Appeared in the "How Jack Benny Became Cheap" episode of "The Burns & Allen Show"
6 Biographical Movies |
4 Print Biographies |
10 Portrayals |
6 Articles |
Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny
5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
Did You Know?
[Receiving a "joke" trophy for his performance in drag in Charley's Aunt
(1941)] I'm caught with my gags down. I've been waiting so long for an Oscar that I'm ready to accept anything from anybody.
January 1949: A personal friend of Harry S. Truman
, he served as Master of Ceremonies for Truman's Inaugural Ball. When he arrived at the White House for the event, a guard pointed to his violin case and asked, "Mr. Benny, what do you have in there?" As a joke, Jack whispered back, "It's a Thompson sub-machine gun." The guard replied, "Oh, that's a relief. I was afraid it was your violin".
Known for comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!"