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Jack Benny Biography

Birth Name:
Benjamin Kubelsky
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Comedian, actor

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


  • 1970Emmy-Outstanding Variety or Musical Program: nominated
  • 1959Emmy-Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1958Emmy-Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essentially Plays Himself: winner
  • 1957Emmy-Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series: nominated