- 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.
- 1957, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series: Nominee
- 1958, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any : Winner
- 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Musical Program: Nominee
- 1949, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
- 1958, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner
- 1956, Emmy — Best Comedian: Nominee
- 1959, Emmy — Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series: Winner
- Emma Kubelsky — Mother
- Joan Benny — Daughter
- Meyer Kubelsky — Father
- Mary Livingstone — Wife
- Birth Name: Benjamin Kubelsky
- Birth Place: Chicago, IL
- Died: December 26, 1974
- Profession: Comedian, Actor
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