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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Jack Benny Fast Facts:
  • Dropped out of high school to pursue a career playing the violin, an instrument that became a prop in his act.
  • A far better violinist than he made himself out to be, he owned a real Stradivarius (made in 1724) that he often played in charity events.
  • Cheapness was another part of the Benny persona, but he was said to be one of Hollywood's biggest tippers.
  • Hosted the Academy Awards in 1944 and 1947.
  • Made provisions in his will for his widow, Mary Livingstone, to receive a red rose every day for as long as she lived.
  • Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame posthumously in 1988.
  • The California town of Rancho Cucamonga, made famous by Benny in his radio and TV skits, erected a seven-foot bronze memorial statue of him in 1993.
  • When the price of a U.S. postage stamp was raised to 39 cents, a campaign began to feature Benny on a stamp since the comedian always claimed to be 39 years old throughout his career.  Unfortunately, the campaign was unsuccessful.
  • Jack Benny Relationships:
  • Emma Kubelsky - Mother
  • Meyer Kubelsky - Father
  • Mary Livingstone - Wife
  • Joan Benny - Daughter
  • Jack Benny Awards:
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Variety or Musical Program - Nominee
  • 1958 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any - Winner
  • 1957 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series - Nominee
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Comedian - Nominee
  • 1949 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 1958 Golden Globe: Television Achievement - Winner
  • 1959 Emmy: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Winner

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