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Jack port Benny was a great number of things to lots of people. To an incredible number of radio listeners, his personality was this is the cheapest guy in America, a graphic so ingrained in to the nationwide awareness that on starting day of football season-instead of tossing out the 1st ball-he simply glanced at it and place it in his pocket, getting the home down. To others, he was the world’s lousiest violinist, whose ego informed him he was among the all-time greats, an impression he distributed to nobody. To many of these same people, he was a guy therefore vain that he stated to become 39 for nearly 40 years. Nevertheless, for market insiders and fellow comedians, he was the inventor of what’s now universally referred to as the family members sitcom as well as the total get better at of comedic timing. He was also as significantly taken off his stage personality as was humanly feasible. Benny might have performed the ego obsessed miser, but no one was even more gracious, particularly when it found posting the laughs on his radio and-later-television displays among his ensemble ensemble. Benny had not been just the pioneer of ensemble ensemble sitcom work however the genius who understood what managed to get tick, knowing complete well it didn’t matter in the event that you (or for matter, who) got all of the laughs so long as individuals tuned back to your present every week. No one was better at safeguarding fun than Jack port Benny. Whichever cast member acquired the preceding punch series, Jack port always ensured that his authors gave another range to him, therefore he could dairy the laugh for many it was worthy of before carrying on the regular. As George Melts away would frequently attest, no one could wring even more laughs away from a blank stare and useless silence than Jack port Benny. No comedian got a keener knowing of what produced their work function than he do, an understanding gleaned from many years for the vaudeville circuit, learning first hands what produced audiences have a good laugh. He was created Benny Kubelsky in Chicago, Illinois on ROMANTIC DAYS CELEBRATION in 1894. His parents resided in close by Waukegan which small Midwestern city permanently became known-through its continuous interjection into radio and television skits-as Jack port Benny’s birthplace and city. There he broke into present business, working being a violinist within the pit music group of the neighborhood vaudeville home. His parents had been against him seeking a lifestyle in present business (specifically humor), but quickly he hit the street employed in an take action with a mature female pianist as “Salisbury and Kubelsky-From Grand Opera to Ragtime.” When concert violinist Jan Kubelik objected to his ham fisted playing and commonalities within their name thru his attorney, his stage name transformed to Ben Benny. Getting a fresh partner, he continuing using the same kind of become “Benny and Woods,” still a couple of years from developing his personality or doing humor on stage. Following the breakout of Globe Battle I, Benny enlisted, employed in a Navy sponsored revue display that toured the Midwest. Following the battle, he drifted back to vaudeville, operating as an individual, performing a monologue as “Ben K. Benny, Fiddleology and Fun.” He briefly transformed the spelling to ‘Bennie,’ however when fiddler-monologist-bandleader Ben Bernie-who have been doing a comparable take action for very much longer-had his attorney get in touch with the upstart, his stage name was transformed going back time to Jack port Benny. During this time period, he previously found out a number of things that were to be staples of his take action. He discovered he was a fantastic grasp of ceremonies, but that he worked well well with somebody, or in an organization. He also discovered that he didn’t have to utilize the violin as a significant element of the work any longer (apart from threatening to try out it for laughs) as soon as he thought out-through trial and error-how to make use of his hands, a fresh comedic style had been freshly minted. Another issue Benny quickly discovered was that the much longer he stared at an viewers after informing a joke-saying definitely nothing-the much longer they laughed. Although generally regarded as a visible gag, this became a lot an integral part of his personality that whenever those pregnant pauses had been applied to radio, they proved helpful equally well otherwise better. He proved helpful in films for awhile, carrying out guest pictures in movies like Hollywood Revue of 1929 plus some two reelers, but really found his moderate with radio in the first 30s. Following a handful of unsuccessful begins, he discovered his sponsor (Jell-O) and his period slot: Sunday evenings at seven, shortly to be an American radio custom for two years. It was with this environment that he created a radio ‘family members,’ with repeating character types, the precursor to the present day day sitcom. There is his sweetheart (true to life wife) Mary Livingstone, his announcer Don Wilson, his bandleader Phil Harris as well as perhaps the main and best loved personality, his African-American butler Rochester, performed by Eddie Anderson. Rochester might have been Benny’s manservant, but no common Negro stereotype was he. Brassy and assertive, Anderson’s personality struck a confident blow for competition relationships that Benny was a lot more than pleased to be considered a behind the moments pioneer of. The display was a nationwide treasure on radio for over twenty years, before producing a successful changeover to tv in 1951. What experienced did wonders on radio worked well similarly well in the brand new infant moderate and by the 1953 period, the Jack port Benny radio plan ceased to can be found. Even if a number of the mysteries from the Maxwell (Benny’s historic car) as well as the renowned basement vault had been erased by finally having images to go with the noises, it was worthwhile just to possess Benny looking at you, causing you to giggle by doing-seemingly-nothing whatsoever. The show went successfully-with small to no alteration to format-for another 15 years, earning eight Emmy honours. Benny continued to do special offers for CBS for another nine years, himself becoming awarded the 1st Trustees Honor ever presented from the Academy of Tv Arts and Sciences. During his loss of life in 1974, Benny was still playing Vegas, performing benefit concerts, television specials, still popular. But still 39.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jack Benny
Died December 26, 1974, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.72 m
Profession Comedian, Voice Actor, Violinist, Television producer
Education Waukegan High School
Nationality American
Spouse Mary Livingstone
Children Joan Benny
Parents Meyer Kubelsky, Emma Sachs Kubelsky
Siblings Florence Fenchel
Awards 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
Music Songs Jack Benny Christmas, Jack Gets a New Car, Umwambaro, Programme Not Broadcast, Don Wilson's Anniversary, Wytd, Love In Bloom / Thanks For The Memory, Murder at Romanoff's, The Violin Lesson, 2:Coo Am, Attitude, Ina Minute, Blue & Yellow, Mansion, The Great Radio Comedians, D.Seanny- Nasa, Drippin' Money, Balmains, My Section, Jack Benny Competes, Incident at the Drugstore Counter, Jack Benny, Gotta Get Dat, Bank Bank, Work on You, Souvenir, Moonlight, Essay Story, Money Bag, Hear Me Now, Felony, Do Me
Albums C2l2, Jack Benny, Great Moments In Radio Volume 2
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedian, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance - Comedian In A Series
Movies George Washington Slept Here, Buck Benny Rides Again, The Horn Blows at Midnight, The Meanest Man in the World, Charley's Aunt, Broadway Melody of 1936, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, Love Thy Neighbor, Man About Town, Artists and Models, Chasing Rainbows, A Guide for the Married Man, The Medicine Man, To Be or Not to Be, College Holiday, Hollywood Canteen, It's in the Bag!, The Big Broadcast of 1937, Artists and Models Abroad, Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round, The Mouse That Jack Built, Beau James, The Lucky Stiff, Somebody Loves Me, The Slowest Gun in the West, Show Business at War, It's in the Air, The Rounder
TV Shows The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, Kraft Music Hall, The Jack Benny Program, The Jackie Gleason Show, Four Star Playhouse, Burns and Allen, Shower of Stars, The Des O'Connor Show, The George Burns Show, The Bob Hope Show


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1 A pre-adolescent Benny was taught violin by Otto Graham's father. The Grahams and the Bennys were next-door neighbors.
2 Interviewed in "The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" by Larry Wilde. [1968]
3 He turned down a role in The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938). The role was then given to 'Bob Hope (I)' (q)--his feature-film debut--which began his long and successful film career.
4 In 1935, Benny, like most of America, was so captivated by the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, accused of kidnapping Charles Lindbergh's baby boy, that he pulled strings to get himself a seat in the overcrowded New Jersey courtroom.
5 Was a Democrat.
6 Jack's radio program that followed the premature death of Carole Lombard was canceled because Benny, a good friend and admirer, was grief-stricken. The time was filled with music instead. Both had just starred together in To Be or Not to Be (1942).
7 He was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame--for Motion Pictures at 6650 Hollywood Boulevard, for Radio at 1505 Vine Street and for Television at 6370 Hollywood Boulevard.
8 In 1948, the radio quiz show "Truth or Consequences" ran a weekly contest to identify the Walking Man. The gag was to guess who the foot steps belonged to. Every week they played the steps. Eventually they revealed it was Jack Benny.
9 According to Phyllis Diller's autobiography "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", in the late 1960s Broadway producer David Merrick approached Benny with the idea of him playing Dolly Levi in drag in "Hello, Dolly!" opposite George Burns as Horace Vandergelder. The intention was to turn Broadway on its ear and revive flagging interest in the show, which had been running since 1964, originally with Carol Channing as Dolly Levi. This idea never came to fruition. (Diller did appear in the show for 3 months in 1970.).
10 For many years he lived at 1002 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. His neighbors were Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at 1000 North Roxbury, and Peter Falk and his wife at 1004 North Roxbury.
11 Was good friends with singer Gisele MacKenzie--who also played the violin--and often referred to her as "Doll".
12 When he died in 1974, he left an estate estimated at $4 million.
13 At his funeral George Burns began the eulogy but broke down. Bob Hope rose to the podium in a shaky voice and honored the comedian by reading, "for a man who was the undisputed master of comedy timing, you'd have to say that this was the only time when Jack Benny's timing was all wrong. He left us much too soon."
14 Had a rose delivered to his wife Mary Livingstone each day after his death until the day she died, almost nine years later.
15 One of Benny's best-known schticks as a radio star was his long-standing feud with fellow radio comedian Fred Allen. The two often appeared on each other's radio programs to trade barbs. Sadly, other than an appearance on The Jack Benny Program (1950), in which Allen tries to steal Jack's sponsor, this did not carry over into television, as Allen died shortly after beginning his own TV show. In real life, of course, Benny and Allen were great friends, and Benny even took time on his radio program to eulogize Allen after his death.
16 Hosted the Academy Awards in 1944 and 1947
17 January 1949: A personal friend of Harry S. Truman, he served as Master of Ceremonies for Truman's Inaugural Ball. When he arrived at the White House for the event, a guard pointed to his violin case and asked, "Mr. Benny, what do you have in there?" As a joke, Jack whispered back, "It's a Thompson sub-machine gun." The guard replied, "Oh, that's a relief. I was afraid it was your violin".
18 Took his father to see To Be or Not to Be (1942), but he left the theatre disgusted when he saw Jack in a Nazi uniform. It wasn't until years later that Jack finally managed to convince him that he was making fun of Nazis not supporting them. His father saw the movie again and loved it.
19 7/25/55: His first grandchild, Michael, was born to his daughter Joan and Seth Baker.
20 1934: He and his wife adopted a daughter, Joan Benny (aka Joan Naomi).
21 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 42-44. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
22 Towards the end of his TV series, he was waiting for his show to air and began watching Bonanza (1959), which started half an hour sooner. He wound up missing his show and said "If I won't even watch me, what chance do I have?".
23 A lifelong lover of classical music, he counted the great violinist Isaac Stern among his closest friends and legendary composer/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff among his greatest fans.
24 He was actually a very competent violin player, although not an expert, and performed a series of benefit concerts with an orchestra. He was similarly generous with money in real life. The bad violin playing and the miserliness was just a part of his act.
25 He sometimes referred cryptically to "my book" in interviews over the years; the manuscript for his autobiography, "Sunday Nights at Seven," wasn't discovered until years after his death.
26 1934-42: Star of NBC Radio's "The Jell-O Program".
27 1942-44: Star of NBC Radio's "The Grape Nuts Flakes Program".
28 1934: Star of NBC Radio's "The General Tire Show".
29 1933-34: Star of NBC Radio's "The Chevrolet Show".
30 Star of "The Lucky Strike Program" on NBC Radio (1944-1949) and CBS Radio (1949-1955).
31 Star of "The Canada Dry Program" on NBC Radio (1932) and CBS Radio (1932-1933).
32 He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
33 When he appeared as a celebrity guest on the game show Password All-Stars (1961), he got the word "miser" and gave his first clue as, "Me!" thus bringing down the house.
34 He met his future wife Mary Livingstone while he was appearing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, and he regularly ate across the street at the lunch counter of the May Company department store, where Mary worked as a lingerie salesgirl. Jack Benny actually first met his wife Mary Livingstone in Vancouver British Columbia when he was appearing there, possibly at the Orpheum there as well.
35 Pictured on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honored in the set are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Edgar Bergen (with alter ego Charlie McCarthy); Fanny Brice; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
36 Two holidays figured prominently in his life: Born on St. Valentine's Day, 1894, he died on the day after Christmas, Boxing Day, 80 years later.
37 At the time of his death, he was scheduled to appear in The Sunshine Boys (1975). After he died, the role was taken over by George Burns.
38 His most famous gag was on his radio show when, in his usual character as a comical miser, he's confronted by a robber who says, "Your money or your life." That's followed by two to three minutes of dead silence, except for the audience which laughed with increasing volume as the silence continued. Finally the robber prodded Jack by saying, "Well?" to which Benny responded, "I'm thinking it over!"
39 He once appeared on the TV quiz show The $64,000 Question (1955). After answering the first question correctly he quit and took home $1.00. His category was violins.
40 A middle school in his hometown of Waukegan, Illinois, was named after him. The school football team is the "39ers," (in honor of his insistence that he is 39 years old every year).
41 Interred at Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, USA.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Lucy 1968-1971 TV Series Jack Benny
The Bob Hope Show 1971 TV Series
The Funny Side 1971 TV Series Special Guest Host
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show 1971 TV Series
Swing Out, Sweet Land 1970 TV Movie Man Who Finds Silver Dollar
The Kraft Music Hall 1970 TV Series Guest of Honor
A Guide for the Married Man 1967 Technical Adviser (Ollie 'Sweet Lips')
The Lucy Show 1964-1966 TV Series Jack Benny / Harry Tuttle
The Jack Benny Program 1950-1965 TV Series Jack Benny / District Attorney / Benny the Louse / ...
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 1963 Man in Car in Desert (uncredited)
The Joey Bishop Show 1963 TV Series Jack Benny
General Foods Opening Night 1963 TV Movie
Gypsy 1962 Jack Benny (uncredited)
Checkmate 1962 TV Series Jack Bowen
The Slowest Gun in the West 1960 TV Movie Chicken Finsterwald
Who Was That Lady? 1960 Mr. Cosgrove (uncredited)
Make Room for Daddy 1957-1960 TV Series Jack Benny
Startime 1959 TV Series Jack Benny
The Mouse That Jack Built 1959 Short Jack (voice)
The George Burns Show 1958 TV Series Jack Benny
Shower of Stars 1955-1958 TV Series Jack Benny / Loring Rigley / Howard Carroll
Bachelor Father 1958 TV Series Jack Benny
Beau James 1957 Jack Benny (uncredited)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1951-1957 TV Series Jack Benny
General Electric Theater 1953-1957 TV Series Tom Jones / Harold Fenton / Sheldon Weeks
The Jackie Gleason Show 1955 TV Series Landlord
Four Star Playhouse 1955 TV Series Cautious Gambler
Omnibus 1953 TV Series Athanael
Somebody Loves Me 1952 Jack Benny
The Great Lover 1949 Jack Benny (uncredited)
Without Reservations 1946 Jack Benny (uncredited)
It's in the Bag! 1945 Jack Benny
The Horn Blows at Midnight 1945 Athanael
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Jack Benny
The Meanest Man in the World 1943 Richard Clarke
George Washington Slept Here 1942 Bill Fuller
To Be or Not to Be 1942 Joseph Tura
Charley's Aunt 1941 Babbs Babberley
Love Thy Neighbor 1940 Jack Benny
Buck Benny Rides Again 1940 Jack Benny
Man About Town 1939 Bob Temple
Artists and Models Abroad 1938 Buck Boswell
Artists & Models 1937 Mac Brewster
College Holiday 1936 J. Davis Bowster
The Big Broadcast of 1937 1936 Jack Carson
It's in the Air 1935 Calvin Churchill
Broadway Melody of 1936 1935 Bert Keeler
Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round 1934 Chad Denby
Mr. Broadway 1933 Jack Benny
Taxi Tangle 1931 Short Jack Benny
Cab Waiting 1931 Short Jack Benny
A Broadway Romeo 1931 Short Jack Benny
The Medicine Man 1930 Dr. John Harvey
Children of Pleasure 1930 Jack - Radio Performer (uncredited)
Lord Byron of Broadway 1930 Voice on Radio (uncredited)
The Rounder 1930 Short Mr. Bartlett
Chasing Rainbows 1930 Eddie Rock
Bright Moments 1928 Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "Singin' in the Rain" 1929 - uncredited
The Jack Benny Hour 1965 TV Special performer: "Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Ricotta" - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program TV Series performer - 26 episodes, 1950 - 1964 writer - 4 episodes, 1961 - 1964
The George Burns Show 1960 TV Special performer: "Love In Bloom" - uncredited
Startime 1959 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jack Benny Hour 1959/I TV Special performer: "Mr. Wonderful", "Everybody Loves to Take a Bow" - uncredited
Make Room for Daddy 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1952 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Frank Sinatra Show 1951 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywood Canteen 1944 performer: "Souvenir" 1906 - uncredited
The Meanest Man in the World 1943 "Swanee River", uncredited
George Washington Slept Here 1942 "I'll Never Smile Again" 1939, uncredited
Man About Town 1939 performer: "LOVE IN BLOOM"
Artists and Models Abroad 1938 performer: "What Have You Got That Gets Me"
College Holiday 1936 performer: "Love in Bloom"
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 performer: "Your Mother and Mine" 1929 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jack Benny Program 1965 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Gisele MacKenzie Show 1957 TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
The Lucky Stiff 1949 producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paper Moon 1973 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille Ball 1975 TV Special Himself
The Perry Como Christmas Show 1974 TV Special Santa Claus (uncredited)
Annie and the Hoods 1974 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope 1974 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1974 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1974 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Paramount Presents 1974 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Dean Martin Show 1968-1974 TV Series Himself
Jack Benny's Second Farewell Special 1974 TV Special Himself
Parkinson 1974 TV Series Himself
ABC Late Night 1973 TV Series Himself
A Couple of Dons 1973 TV Special Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1963-1973 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford 1973 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show 1971-1973 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1954-1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Jack Benny's First Farewell Special 1973 TV Special Himself
The Julie Andrews Hour 1972 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1968-1972 TV Series Himself
How to Handle a Woman 1972 TV Movie Himself
Flip 1972 TV Series Himself
The Man 1972 Himself
The Great Radio Comedians 1972 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 TV Special Himself
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jack Benny But Were Afraid to Ask 1971 TV Special Himself
Here's Lucy 1971 TV Series Himself
Jack Benny's Twentieth Anniversary Special 1970 TV Special Himself
The Red Skelton Hour 1957-1970 TV Series Himself / Introduction
Dinah's Place 1970 TV Series Himself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians 1970 TV Movie Himself (voice)
The Switched-On Symphony 1970 TV Special Himself
Frost on Sunday 1970 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
Jack Benny's New Look 1969 TV Special Himself
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Baja Marimba Band 1969 TV Movie Himself
Frank Sinatra Jr. with Family and Friends 1969 TV Movie Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1967-1969 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
The Liberace Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself
An Evening with Jack Benny 1969 TV Special Himself
Jack Benny's Birthday Special 1969 TV Special Himself
The Ann-Margret Show 1968 TV Special Himself
Jack Benny's Bag 1968 TV Special Himself
BBC Show of the Week 1968 TV Series Himself
How It Is 1968 TV Series Himself
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
Carnival Nights 1968 TV Special Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1967-1968 TV Series Himself - Host
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
The Lucy Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The London Palladium Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1954-1967 TV Series Himself
All About People 1967 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
The Jack Benny Hour 1966 TV Special Himself
What's My Line? 1953-1966 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Bob Hope Christmas Show 1965 TV Movie Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 1965 1965 TV Special Himself
The Jack Benny Hour 1965 TV Special Jack Benny / Rosano
Danny Thomas Special: The Wonderful World of Burlesque 1965 TV Special Himself
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1964 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1964 TV Series Himself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Hour 1964 TV Special Himself
Jack Benny in Australia 1964 TV Movie Himself
Bob Hope Comedy Special 1963 TV Special Himself
CBS: The Stars' Address 1963 TV Movie Himself
The Danny Kaye Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself
I've Got a Secret 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute 1962 TV Movie Himself
The Jack Benny Program 1960-1962 TV Series Himself
Password All-Stars 1962 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959-1962 TV Series Himself / Himself (film)
The Milton Berle Spectacular 1962 TV Movie Himself / Ben-Hur
The Royal Variety Performance 1961 1961 TV Movie Himself
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Himself
Carnegie Hall Salutes Jack Benny 1961 TV Special Himself
The George Burns Show 1960 TV Special Jack Benny
This Is Your Life 1952-1960 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1958-1960 TV Series Himself
The George Gobel Show 1955-1959 TV Series Himself
The Jack Benny Hour 1959/II TV Special Himself
The 11th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Jack Benny Hour 1959/I TV Special Jack Benny
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Himself
Shower of Stars 1955-1958 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
The Gisele MacKenzie Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots: The Walter Winchell Party 1957 Documentary short Himself
Climax! 1956 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Beauty 1955 Documentary short Himself
The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars 1955 TV Special Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953-1954 TV Series Himself
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein 1954 TV Movie Himself / Host
The Bing Crosby Show 1954 TV Movie Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Great Entertainers 1953 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Pair of Jacks 1953 Short Himself
Stars in the Eye 1952 TV Special Himself
Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson 1952 Documentary short Himself - Narrator
The Frank Sinatra Show 1951 TV Series Himself
This Is Show Business 1951 TV Series Himself
You Can Change the World 1950 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots: The Great Showman 1950 Short Himself
The Jack Benny Program 1949 TV Movie Himself
The Actor's Society Benefit Gala 1949 TV Movie Himself
Screen Snapshots 9860: Hollywood Friars Honor George Jessel 1948 Short Himself - Toastmaster
Is Everybody Listening? 1947 Documentary short Jack Benny - Jack Benny Radio Program
Rough But Hopeful 1946 Short Himself
Show-Business at War 1943 Documentary short Himself
Three of a Kind 1941 Short Himself
Hollywood Goes to Town 1938 Short documentary Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 6 1938 Documentary short Himself
The March of Time: Volume 1, Number 5 1937 Documentary short Himself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 13 1930 Short Himself (uncredited)
The Song Writers' Revue 1930 Short Himself
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 Himself - Master of Ceremonies

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gleason: He's the Greatest 1988 TV Series Jackie Benny
The Best of Gleason 2 1988 TV Movie Himself
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC 1988 TV Special Himself
The Beach Boys: An American Band 1985 Documentary Himself
The Great Standups 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars 1984 Documentary Himself
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1984 TV Special Himself
Texaco Star Theatre Presents Bob Hope in 'Who Makes the World Laugh?' 1983 TV Movie Himself
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - Unidentified Film (uncredited)
Red Skelton: A Comedy Scrapbook 1981 Video documentary Himself
A Love Letter to Jack Benny 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
Best of the Dean Martin Show 1979 TV Movie Himself
Has Anybody Here Seen Canada? A History of Canadian Movies 1939-1953 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself - Oscar Dinner, 1942 (uncredited)
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Himself
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clip from 'Song Writers' Revue
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television 1975 TV Special Himself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Himself (as Mr. Benny)
Milton Berle's Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy 1974 TV Movie Himself
Paper Moon 1973 Himself on Radio Show (uncredited)
Happy Days 1970 TV Series
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... 1965 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958-1963 TV Series Himself
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots 7855: Pennies from Hollywood 1955 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians 1952 Documentary short Himself
Cassino to Korea 1950 Documentary Jack Benny - USO Show
Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday 1950 Short Jack Benny
Screen Snapshots: Photoplay Gold Medal Awards 1948 Short Himself - M.C.
The Great American Broadcast 1941 Himself - Opening Montage (uncredited)
Broadway Highlights No. 1 1935 Short Film Clip Character
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee 2016 TV Series
Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself / Shower of Stars
Pioneers of Television 2008-2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - Jack Benny Program
Glasgow: Big Night Out 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Masters 1997-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Beatles Stories 2011 Documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Warner at War 2008 TV Movie documentary
Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices 2008 Video documentary Himself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories 2008 Video Himself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project 2007 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Legendary Crooners 2007 Video documentary Himself
The Kingston Trio: 50 Years of Havin' Fun 2006 Video documentary
The Best of the Royal Variety 2006 TV Series
Cavett Remembers the Comic Legends 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary
Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 2004 Documentary
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #28
Christmas in Tinseltown 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 2003 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope at 100 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Funniest Out-Takes 2002 TV Movie Himself
The Nightclub Years 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
The Beatles... Off the Record: Newsreel Footage 1964-1966 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 1996-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
Reputations 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Roastee
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Beatles Diary 1996 Video documentary Himself
Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star 1996 Video documentary Himself
We Remember Marilyn 1996 Video documentary Himself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pioneers of Primetime 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Television's Christmas Classics 1994 TV Special Himself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Hollywood Revue of 1929' (uncredited)
Kirk Douglas: Video Scrapbook 1994 Video documentary Himself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
The Unknown Marx Brothers 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories 1993 TV Special Himself
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present 1993 TV Special Himself
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special Himself
Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1988-1992 TV Series Himself
Legends of Comedy 1992 TV Movie documentary
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Himself
Stars and Stripes 1990 Documentary Himself
Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend 1989 Documentary Himself
5th Annual TV Academy Hall of Fame 1989 TV Special Himself - Inductee
The Moon Above, the Earth Below 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself -Apollo 11 Launch Spectator

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6650 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded February 8, 1960 at 6370 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio Awarded February 8, 1960 at 1505 Vine Street
1959 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series The Jack Benny Program (1950)
1958 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Television Achievement
1958 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards 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 The Jack Benny Program (1950)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety or Musical Program - Variety and Popular Music The Kraft Music Hall (1967) · Gary Smith (producer)
· Dwight Hemion (producer)
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series The Jack Benny Program (1950)
1956 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Comedian


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#Quote
1 [on how "Love in Bloom" became his theme song] Quite by accident. "Love in Bloom" is not a theme song I particularly like . . . It happened that I was fooling with that number 30 years ago, and before I could do anything about it . . . it was an avalanche, and it became my theme song.
2 [on Frank Fay] I used to like Frank Fay very much. I was never a very good friend of his--there weren't too many people that were friends of his--but on the stage I admired him.
3 I have always thought Ed Wynn was the world's greatest comedian, and I still think there is nobody that has ever been as funny, or will be, in my time as he was in his heyday.
4 [on what makes a good comedian] There has to be more than just getting laughs. Laughs are not everything. People can scream at a comedian and yet not remember anything afterwards to talk about. To become real successful, they [the audience] must like you very much . . . they must have a feeling like, "Gee, I wish he was a friend of mine. I wish he was a relative".
5 When you take a joke away from Milton Berle, it's not stealing, it's repossessing.
6 Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
7 [to Rodney Dangerfield] I'm cheap and I'm thirty-nine, that's my image. But your "no respect", that's the soul of everybody. Everybody can identify with that.
8 Gags die, humor doesn't.
9 [Receiving a "joke" trophy for his performance in drag in Charley's Aunt (1941)] I'm caught with my gags down.. I've been waiting so long for an Oscar that I'm ready to accept anything from anybody.
10 [on Bob Hope] It's not enough just to get laughs. The audience has to love you, and Bob gets love as well as laughs from his audiences.
11 [on The Marx Brothers] If you ever eat at the Hillcrest Country Club and [Groucho Marx] is there, you'll find he'll make you laugh in the same way he does on screen, [Chico Marx], I would say, loved women and gambling, period. [Harpo Marx] was probably the sweetest man you would ever want to meet.
12 [on Al Jolson] When you talk about the world's greatest entertainer you have to say Al Jolson, because there was no one like him. Only Judy Garland and perhaps Frank Sinatra got anywhere near him!
13 I began my show business career playing violin in San Francisco at the corner of Market and Taylor. I understand that there is a theater there now.
14 [After being introduced by Ed Sullivan on his radio debut] This is Jack Benny talking. There will now be a slight pause while you say, "Who cares?"
15 [After being presented with an award] I don't deserve this, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that, either.
16 [Commenting on the vocal talents of his radio show's co-star] There's only five real people in Hollywood. Everyone else is Mel Blanc.

#Trademark
1 Master of the "Slow-Burn"
2 Never admitted to being older than 39
3 Image as penny-pincher
4 Theme song: "Love in Bloom"
5 His inept violin playing
6 Billed himself as "the Original 'Old Blue Eyes'"

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