Jack Benny

Comedian, Actor

Jack Benny(February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, and actor for radio, television, and film. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of the comic penny-pinching miser, insisting on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age, and often playing the violin badly.

Benny was known for his comic timing and his ability to get laughs with either a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television p...

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  • On the strength of Home Again’s successful reception at the Wilson Avenue Theatre, the Marx Brothers were signed to a thirty-week contract on the big-time Orpheum Circuit. On the bill with them on the Western swing was a young monologist named Ben K. Benny, later Jack Benny.

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    2007
    Charlotte Chandler

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    2011
    Laurence Leamer

  • Dangerously Funny

    2009
    David Bianculli

  • Farewell, Godspeed

    2003
    Cyrus M. Copeland

  • Jimmy Stewart

    2007
    Marc Eliot

  • Gonna Do Great Things

    2010
    Gary Fishgall

  • The Play Goes On

    2011
    Neil Simon

  • Frank

    2010
    James Kaplan

  • Nothing On But the Radio

    2003
    Gil Murray

  • I Killed

    2009
    Mark Schiff and Ritch Shydner

  • Life Stories

    2001
    David Remnick

  • Kay Thompson

    2010
    Sam Irvin

  • Funnymen

    2002
    Ted Heller

  • Between Silk and Cyanide

    2001
    Leo Marks

  • Seinfeld

    2010
    Jerry Oppenheimer

  • The Speed of Sound

    1997
    Scott Eyman

  • Rickles' Book

    2007
    David Ritz and Don Rickles

  • Sweet Thunder

    2009
    Wil Haygood

  • Born Standing Up

    2007
    Steve Martin

  • Barney's Version

    1997
    Mordecai Richler

  • My Father's Daughter

    2008
    Jeff Coplon and Tina Sinatra


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