Jack Benny


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  • Birth Name: Benjamin Kubelsky
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/14/1894, Aquarius
  • Date of Death: 12/26/1974
  • Profession: Comedian; actor
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VIDEO: Lucy and Carol Burnett

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Lucy and Carol Burnett
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Length: 25:49
Aired: 2/8/1971

Lucy and Carol Burnett, both out of work, create the Unemployed Follies to earn a few extra bucks. watch

VIDEO: Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography

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Length: 25:39
Aired: 11/23/1970

Lucy & Jack Benny clown the story of Benny's life from his childhood to the present day. watch

VIDEO: Lucy Visits Jack Benny

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Length: 25:38
Aired: 9/30/1968

An inexpensive vacation becomes quite costly for the Carters when it's spent at cheapskate Jack Benny's in-home hotel. watch


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Year Title Description
2011 The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special TV Show Series, Appearing
2008 Best of The Jack Benny Show TV Show Series, Actor
1994 That's Entertainment! Part III Movie, Actor - Performer
1972 The Man Movie, Actor - Himself
1967 A Guide For The Married Man Movie, Actor - Technical Advisor

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Mike & Molly Boss on Show's New Direction: "It Was Necessary"

When Al Higgins took over as showrunner on Mike & Molly in May, executive producer Chuck Lorre posed a question that he couldn't answer.

"We sat down and the first thing Chuck Lorre said to me was, 'Why is Melissa McCarthy a movie star and not a TV star?' And I had no idea," Higgins tells TVGuide.com. "I was stumped. And he said, 'In her movies, people react to her and on the show, she reacts to everyone else.' I thought about that and he was right. He said, 'I want to flip that dynamic.'"

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Imagine a TV world where the late-night comedy audience is not fragmented in a clutter of Dave or Jay or Stewart/Colbert, Conan, the Jimmys and Craig. read more

Please elaborate on this for ...

Question: Please elaborate on this for my dad, who is a big fan of the late Jack Benny. Two of his biggest character traits were his cheapness and his bad violin-playing. Was he really that cheap? And was he really so bad on violin? Thanks.

Answer: You provided the answer in your question, Bill, when you used the term "character traits." Benny, who built a career via vaudeville and a popular radio show before launching TV's The Jack Benny Show, which kicked off on CBS in 1950 and finished 15 years later on NBC, played his stinginess to the hilt, played the violin poorly — and faked both well enough to become an entertainment legend. It was all part of the insecure, self-centered, no-talent character he invented and pulled off well enough to fool those who didn't know any better.

Of course, countering that image — one of the comic's most famous gags was facing down an armed robber who threatened, "Your read more


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