|Jack Benny Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7¾ in|
|Date of Birth||February 14, 1894|
|Date of Death||December 26, 1974|
Jack Benny was an American entertainer, actor, comedian, vaudevillian, violinist, and producer who established himself as one of the leading entertainers of the 20th century with a highly popular comedic career in radio, television, and film. His filmography included The Hollywood Revue of 1929, Chasing Rainbows, The Medicine Man, Mr. Broadway, Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round, Broadway Melody of 1936, The Big Broadcast of 1937, It’s in the Air, College Holiday, Artists and Models, Artists and Models Abroad, Man About Town, Buck Benny Rides Again, Love Thy Neighbor, To Be or Not to Be, George Washington Slept Here, The Man, The Meanest Man in the World, Hollywood Canteen, The Horn Blows at Midnight, It’s in the Bag!, Somebody Loves Me, The Mouse that Jack Built, A Guide for the Married Man, and Swing Out, Sweet Land.
He was born on February 14, 1894.
On December 26, 1974, he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, California, United States
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Jack Benny attended Waukegan High School, a public 4-year high school located in Waukegan, Illinois.
Entertainer, Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillian, Violinist, Producer
- Father – Meyer Kubelsky (1864-1946) (Saloon owner and later a haberdasher who had emigrated to the United States of America from Poland)
- Mother – Naomi Emma Sachs Kubelsky (1869-1917)
- Others – Benjamin Kubelsky (Paternal Grandfather), Zlotta Millerstein (Paternal Grandmother)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $30 Million at the time of his death.
5 ft 7¾ in or 172 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jack Benny had dated –
- Ann Sheridan – He once had an affair with actor and singer Ann Sheridan and they also worked together in the comedy film George Washington Slept Here (1942).
- Mary Kelly – Jack Benny dated dancer Mary Kelly but her devout Catholic family forced her to turn down his proposal because he was Jewish.
- Mary Livingstone (1927-1974) – On January 14, 1927, he got married to radio comedian and actor Mary Livingstone at the Clayton Hotel in Waukegan, Illinois. In 1934, they adopted a 2-week old girl and named her Joanie (also known as Joan). The couple remained together until Benny’s death in 1974. He made sure in his will that a single long-stemmed red rose be delivered to his widow every day for the rest of her life.
Race / Ethnicity
Jack Benny was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Salt and Pepper
- Short stature
- Billed himself as “the Original ‘Old Blue Eyes'”
- Often used the phrase, “Now cut that out!”
- Receding hairline
- Never admitted to being older than 39
- His comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a single expression
Jack Benny had been cast in TV commercials for –
- The Wool Industry (the late 1960s)
- Texaco (the late 1960s)
He was raised in a Jewish household.
Jack Benny Facts
- He co-starred as Joseph Tura (a famous Polish actor) in the 1942 comedy film To Be or Not to Be.
- He was friends with George Burns, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, John Rowles, Ronald Reagan, Fred Allen, Isaac Stern, and Gisele MacKenzie.
- Jack Benny was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with three stars in 1960 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1988 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
- He was a Democrat.
- Trying to explain his successful life, Jack Benny once stated, “Everything good that happened to me happened by accident. I was not filled with ambition nor fired by a drive toward a clear-cut goal. I never knew exactly where I was going.”
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