Adopted name of Benjamin Kubelsky (1894-1974)
US comedian notable for his perfect timing and lugubrious manner. Over the years, Benny appeared on the stage, in films, and on radio and television. His radio program, The Jack Benny Show from 1932, made him a national institution. Featuring his wife Mary Livingston, singer Dennis Day, announcer Don Wilson, and valet Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, it was produced for television in the 1950s. His film appearances, mostly in the 1930s and 1940s, included To Be or Not to Be 1942. He also played in Charley’s Aunt 1941, It’s In the Bag 1945, and A Guide for the Married Man 1967.
Born in Chicago, he began a musical career in local theater orchestras (playing the violin) and joined a vaudeville troupe. During the 1920s, he turned to comedy, taking the adopted name “Jack Benny” and developing his familiar miserly, yet harmless character.
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