80 (passed away Dec. 26th, 1974)
Feb. 14th, 1894
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jack Benny's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
1973 - Paper Moon
1967 - A Guide for the Married Man
1963 - It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
1962 - Gypsy
1946 - Without Reservations
1944 - Hollywood Canteen
1942 - George Washington Slept Here
1942 - To Be or Not To Be
1935 - Broadway Melody of 1936
1929 - The Hollywood Revue of 1929
Guest TV Roles
Jack Benny (Voiced)
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 working with were the very young Marx Brothers. Their mother, Minnie, wanted Benny to go on the road with them. However, this plan was foiled by his parents who would not let their 17-year-old son on the road.
Having a successful vaudeville career, Benny also had a greater career on radio for "The Jack Benny Program". The show was one of the few successful radio programs that also became a successful television show.
Benny also starred in several movies including The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) and George Washington Slept Here (1942), although he had much greater success on radio and on TV than he did on the big screen.
He was good friends with Fred Allen (I), with whom he had a long-standing comic "feud".
- He once appeared on the TV quiz show _"The $64,000 Question" (1955)_ (qv). After answering the first question correctly he quit and took home $1.00. His category was violins.
- When he died in 1974, he left an estate estimated at $4 million.
- 1933-34: Star of NBC Radio's "The Chevrolet Show".
- 1934-42: Star of NBC Radio's "The Jell-O Program".
- In the very late '40s or early '50s there was a radio mystery quiz called the Walking Man. The gag was to guess who the foot steps belonged to. Just a one time deal. Every week they played the steps. Eventually they revealed it was Jack Benny.
- Took his father to see _To Be or Not to Be (1942)_ (qv), 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.
- 1942-44: Star of NBC Radio's "The Grape Nuts Flakes Program".
- For many years he lived at 1002 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. His neighbors were 'Lucille Ball' (qv) and 'Desi Arnaz' (qv) at 1000 North Roxbury, and 'Peter Falk (I)' (qv) and his wife at 1004 North Roxbury.