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Jack Benny

Born: Feb 14, 1894

Death: Dec 26, 1974

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Jack Benny

Date of Birth : Feb 14, 1894
Date of Death : Dec 26, 1974
Birth Place : Chicago

Jack Benny was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his character as a miser, playing his violin badly. In character, he would claim to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age. Benny was known for comic timing, and the ability to create laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, popular from the 1930s to the 1970s, were a major influence on the sitcom genre.


  • Actor
  • Comedian

Also known as

  • Mr. Benny
  • Benny, Jack
  • Benjamin Kubelsky
  • Ben K. Benny
  • Phil Abrams
  • Benny Kubelsky


  • Emma Sachs Kubelsky
  • Meyer Kubelsky


  • Mary Livingstone


  • Joan Benny

Awards Won

  • Peabody Award
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Golden Globe Award for Television Achievement
  • Primetime Emmy Award for 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
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