Jack Benny Overview:

Legendary actor, Jack Benny, was born Benjamin Kubelsky on Feb 14, 1894 in Chicago, IL. Benny died at the age of 80 on Dec 26, 1974 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, CA.


Uniquely droll, dry-voiced, fiddle-playing American comedian with an air of faint bemusement, a fine sense of timing and a stream of jokes about his own age and parsimoniousness. The cinema never really captured his intimate appeal, mainly because Benny needed an audience off whom to react; but it never quite gave up trying. Married to his radio partner Mary Livingstone (Sadye Marks) from 1927. Died of stomach cancer.

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He was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Radio, Television and Motion Pictures. Jack Benny's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #55 on Jan 13, 1941. In addition, Benny was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame and Radio Hall of Fame and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1991. Benny was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Classic Movie Travels: Bejamin Kubelsky was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 14, 1894, to Meyer and Naomi Kubelsky. Meyer worked as a saloon owner and haberdasher, emigrating to the United States from Poland; Naomi emigrated from Lithuania. Though Kubelsky was born ... Read full article

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Share This!?They named a brandy after Napoleon, they made a herring out ofBismarck?and the F?hrer is going to end up as a piece of cheese!???? Colonel Ehrhardt , who had been a successful vaudevillian and was, in the 1940s, a great success on radio, had less success in the movies, though s... Read full article

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Celebrating Waukegan’s Favorite Son… On a 1959 episode of the television game show What?s My Line?, quipped the following line to host John Charles Daly: ?They say that I put Waukegan on the map. But it?s not true. Waukegan really put me on the map. That?s a fact.? And so it ... Read full article

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was one of the most beloved entertainers in the world by the time he brought his talents to the small screen in 1950 with The Show, the television version of his popular radio show. ?The Show ran until 1965, which gives a good indication of the show’s appeal wi... Read full article

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Jack Benny Quotes:

Babbs Babberley: Say, I wonder if he can sue me for breach of promise.

[Jack is soaked]
Rochester: Is it rainin' outside?
Jack Benny: No, Rochester, I was eating a grapefruit and it got out of control.

Athanael: What are they supposed to be doing?
Maitre d': I wouldn't know, sir; they call it dancing.
Athanael: I must tell St. Vitus about this.

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1934: He and his wife adopted a daughter, Joan Naomi.

Took his father to see To Be or Not to Be (1942), but he left the theatre disgusted when he saw Jack in a Nazi uniform. It wasn't until years later that Jack finally managed to convince him that he was making fun of Nazis not supporting them. His father saw the movie again and loved it.

Had a rose delivered to his wife Mary Livingstone each day after his death until the day she died, almost six years later.

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