Benny, Jack, 1894-1974.

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Dates:
Birth 1894-02-14
Death 1974-12-26
US
English

Biographical notes:

Jack Benny (1894-1974) was an American vaudeville, radio, television and film actor. Born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Illinois, Benny first honed his talents as a comedian on the vaudeville stage, then found that his style was uniquely adapted to the new medium of radio, where he became a national celebrity with his Jack Benny Show (1943-1958). His wife, Mary Livingstone, often starred on the Jack Benny Show. Benny took his show to television and continued to appear in his own show, in specials, and in guest appearances until his death in 1974.

From the description of Jack Benny papers, 1894-1993. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 187309758

Jack Benny (1894-1974) was an American comedian, vaudeville, and radio, television and film actor. Born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Illinois, Benny first honed his talents as a comedian on the vaudeville stage, then found that his style was uniquely adapted to the new medium of radio, where he became a national celebrity with his Jack Benny Show (1943-1958). His wife, Mary Livingstone, often starred on the Jack Benny Show. Benny took his show to television and continued to appear in his own show, in specials, and in guest appearances until his death in 1974.

From the guide to the Jack Benny papers, 1894-1993, (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

Benjamin Kubelsky was born on Feb. 14, 1894 in Chicago; raised in Waukegan, IL; began career as a violinist; turned to comedy in 1918, first as Ben K. Benny, then Jack Benny; became successful vaudeville performer during the 1920s, playing the Palace in NYC; married Sadye Marks (professionally known as Mary Livingstone) in 1927; made film debut in 1929, radio debut in 1932, television debut in 1950; became concert artist in 1956 and made frequent fund-raising appearances; died in Los Angeles, Dec. 26, 1974.

From the description of Papers, 1930-1974. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38060731

Biography

Benjamin Kubelsky was born on February 14, 1894 in Chicago; raised in Waukegan, Illinois; began career as a violinist; turned to comedy in 1918, first as Ben K. Benny, then Jack Benny; became successful vaudeville performer during the 1920s, playing the Palace in New York City; married Sadye Marks (professionally known as Mary Livingstone) in 1927; made film debut in 1929, radio debut in 1932, television debut in 1950; became concert artist in 1956 and made frequent fund-raising appearances; died in Los Angeles, December 26, 1974.

From the guide to the Jack Benny Papers, 1930-1974, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)



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Subjects:

  • Television programs
  • Radio programs
  • Male comedians--United States--20th century
  • Actors--United States--20th century
  • Radio programs
  • Vaudeville
  • Vaudeville
  • Actors--20th century
  • Television programs
  • Male comedians--20th century
  • Comedians--Archival resources
  • American wit and humor

Occupations:

  • Performers.
  • Performer
  • Comedians--United States--Archival resources.

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)