Jack Benny Biography (1894-1974)

Born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894, in Waukegan, IL; died of pancreatic cancer, December 26, 1974, in Beverly Hills, CA; son of Meyer and Emma (Sachs) Kubelsky; married Mary Livingstone (an actress; original name, Sadie Marks), January 25, 1927; children: Joan Naomi (a writer).

Birth Details
February 14, 1894
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Death Details
December 26, 1974
Beverly Hills, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Radio Appearances
  • The Jack Benny Program, NBC, 1932-48, then CBS, 1948-55.
  • Truth or Consequences, NBC, 1947-48.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • The Jack Benny Program (also known as The Jack Benny Show), CBS, 1950-64,then NBC, 1964-65.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • The General Foods Anniversary Show, 1954.
  • The Jack Benny Hour, CBS, 1959.
  • Jack Benny with Guest Stars, CBS, 1959.
  • The Jack Benny Hour, CBS, 1960.
  • Chicken Farnsworth, The Slowest Gun in the West, CBS, 1960.
  • The Jack Benny Hour, CBS, 1963.
  • The Jack Benny Special, NBC, 1965.
  • The Jack Benny Special, NBC, 1968.
  • Jack Benny's Birthday Special, NBC, 1969.
  • Jack Benny's New Look, NBC, 1969.
  • "The Friars Club 'Roasts' Jack Benny," The Kraft Music Hall, NBC, 1969.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1970.
  • Host, Jack Benny's 20th Anniversary TV Special, NBC, 1970.
  • City vs. Country, 1971.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1971.
  • Host, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Jack Benny and Were Afraid to Ask, NBC, 1971.
  • How to Handle a Woman, NBC, 1972.
  • A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle, NBC, 1973.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1973.
  • Host, Jack Benny's First Farewell Show, NBC, 1973.
  • Annie and the Hoods, ABC, 1974.
  • Host, Jack Benny's Second Farewell Show, NBC, 1974.
  • Performer in archival footage, Swing Out, Sweet Land, NBC, 1976.
  • Performer in archival footage, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: 23rd Anniversary, NBC, 1985.
  • Performer in archival footage, Entertaining the Troops, PBS, 1988.
  • Performer in archival footage, Going Hollywood: The War Years, 1988.
  • Performer in archival footage, The Television Academy Hall of Fame (alsoknown as The 5th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame), Fox, 1989.
  • Performer in archival footage, More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace,ABC, 1993.
  • Performer in archival footage, The Unknown Marx Brothers (documentary), 1993.
  • Performer in archival footage, Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny, NBC, 1995.
  • Also hosted The Academy Awards.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • The Burns and Allen Show (also known as The George Burns and Gracie AllenShow), CBS, 1950.
  • "Gracie Not Married to George?," The Burns and Allen Show (also known asThe George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, CBS, 1953.
  • Private Secretary, CBS, 1953.
  • "The Horn Blows at Midnight," Omnibus, CBS, 1953.
  • "The Face Is Familiar," General Electric Theater (also known as G.E. Theater), CBS, 1954.
  • "Burlesque," Shower of Stars, CBS, 1955.
  • "The House Always Wins," Four Star Playhouse, CBS, 1955.
  • "Time Out for Ginger," Shower of Stars, CBS, 1955.
  • "Ronnie Gets an Agent," The Burns and Allen Show (also known as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), CBS, 1956.
  • "The Honest Man," General Electric Theater (also known as G.E. Theater),CBS, 1956.
  • "The Louella Parsons Story," Climax, CBS, 1956.
  • "The Flattering Word," Shower of Stars, CBS, 1956.
  • "The Fenton Touch," General Electric Theater (also known as G.E. Theater), CBS, 1957.
  • "The Home Graduation," The Burns and Allen Show (also known as The GeorgeBurns and Gracie Allen Show), CBS, 1957.
  • "Lose Me in Las Vegas," The Danny Thomas Show, CBS, 1957.
  • "Bentley the Homemaker," Bachelor Father, CBS, 1958.
  • "Jack Benny Takes Danny's Job," The Danny Thomas Show, CBS, 1958.
  • "That Old Devil, Jack Benny," The Danny Thomas Show, CBS, 1960.
  • "A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Game," Checkmate, CBS, 1962.
  • "Lucy and the Plumber," The Lucy Show, CBS, 1964.
  • "Have Girls--Will Travel," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1964.
  • "Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account," The Lucy Show, CBS, 1967.
  • "Lucy Visits Jack Benny," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1968.
  • "Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1970.
  • "Lucy the Crusader," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1971.
  • "Lucy and the Celebrities," Here's Lucy, CBS, 1971.
  • Also appeared in The Kraft Music Hall (also known as The Milton Berle Show), NBC.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Himself, The Song Writers' Revue, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1929.
  • Emcee, The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (also known as Hollywood Revue), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1929.
  • Eddie, Chasing Rainbows (also known as Road Show), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1930.
  • Dr. John Harvey, The Medicine Man, Tiffany, 1930.
  • Himself, Mr. Broadway, Broadway-Holiday Productions, 1933.
  • Chad Denby, Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round, United Artists, 1934.
  • Calvin Churchill, It's in the Air, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935.
  • Berk Keeler, Broadway Melody of 1936 (also known as Broadway Melody of 1935), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935.
  • Jack Carson, The Big Broadcast of 1937, Paramount, 1936.
  • J. Davis Bowster, College Holiday, Paramount, 1936.
  • Mac Brewster, Artists and Models, Paramount, 1937.
  • Buck Boswell, Artists and Models Abroad (also known as Stranded in Paris), Paramount, 1938.
  • Bob Temple, Man about Town, Paramount, 1939.
  • Himself, Love Thy Neighbor, Paramount, 1940.
  • Buck Benny, Buck Benny Rides Again, Paramount, 1940.
  • Babbs Babberly and Lord Fancourt, Charley's Aunt (also known as Charley'sAmerican Aunt), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941.
  • Josef Tura, To Be or Not to Be, United Artists, 1942.
  • Bill Fuller, George Washington Slept Here, Warner Bros., 1942.
  • Richard Clark, The Meanest Man in the World, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943.
  • Hollywood Canteen, Warner Bros., 1944.
  • Himself, It's in the Bag! (also known as The Fifth Chair), United Artists, 1945.
  • Athanael, The Horn Blows at Midnight, Warner Bros., 1945.
  • Himself, Without Reservations (also known as Thanks God, I'll Take It from Here), RKO, 1946.
  • Himself, The Great Lover, Paramount, 1949.
  • Himself, Somebody Loves Me, Paramount, 1952.
  • Himself, Susan Slept Here, RKO, 1954.
  • Himself, Beau James, Paramount, 1957.
  • Himself, Gypsy, Warner Bros., 1962.
  • Man on road, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, United Artists, 1963.
  • A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.
  • Himself, The Man, Paramount, 1972.
  • Performer in archival footage and performer of song "Singing in the Rain," That's Entertainment! Part III (also known as That's Entertainment! III), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994.
  • Credits; Film Appearances; Short Films
  • Himself, Taxi Tangle, Paramount, 1931.
  • Himself, Cab Waiting, Paramount, 1931.
  • Himself, A Broadway Romeo, Paramount, 1931.
  • Himself, Show Business at War (documentary; also known as The March of Time, Volume IX, Issue 10), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1943.
  • Voice characterization, The Mouse that Jack Built (animated), Warner Bros., 1959.
  • Credits; Film Work
  • Producer, The Lucky Stiff, United Artists, 1949.
  • Technical advisor, A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.
  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • Jack Benny, London Palladium, London, England, 1948.
  • Jack Benny, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City, 1963.
  • Also appeared in other productions, including The Great Temptations, Palace Theatre, New York City; also worked a violinist in vaudeville productions.
  • Credits; Videos
  • The Jack Benny Collection, MCA/Universal Home Video, 1994.
  • Writings;Nonfiction
  • (With Joan Benny) Sunday Nights at Seven: The Jack Benny Story, Warner Books (New York City), 1990.

Further Reference


  • Billboard, May 14, 1994, p. 78.
  • Entertainment Weekly, May 13, 1994, p. 62.
  • History Today, September, 1996, pp. 46-52.
  • Variety, December 16, 1996, p. 52.

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