Benny, Jack, 1894-1974.

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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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creatorOf Jack Benny Papers, 1930-1974 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
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associatedWith Adato, Perry Miller. person
associatedWith Adler, Larry person
associatedWith Adler, Larry. person
associatedWith Allen, Fred, 1894-1956 person
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Armed Forces Radio Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Buchwald, Art. person
associatedWith Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971. person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Darling family family
associatedWith Darling family. family
associatedWith Debenham, Warren. person
correspondedWith Downer, Alan Seymour, 1912- person
associatedWith Freedman, David. person
correspondedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Jacksonville University. corporateBody
associatedWith Josefsberg, Milt, 1911-1987. person
associatedWith Kansas City Philharmonic. corporateBody
correspondedWith Kupcinet, Irv person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith Livingstone, Mary. person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Morrow, William. person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Players (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
correspondedWith Remley, Frank, 1902-1967 person
associatedWith Ripley, Robert Le Roy, 1893-1949. person
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. person
associatedWith Ryskind, Morrie, 1895-1985 person
associatedWith Samuel Stark person
correspondedWith Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955 person
associatedWith Shirley, Walter T, 1896-1963. person
associatedWith Stark, Samuel. person
associatedWith Stiller, Jerry. person
associatedWith Tauchen, Joseph F., Jr. 1922-2003- person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Toohey, William Michael, b. 1897, person
associatedWith United Service Organizations (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Von Spach, Leonard B., 1891-1970. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert D. (Robert Dohonian), 1914- person
correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Subject
Television programs
Radio programs
Comedians--Archival resources
Male comedians--United States--20th century
American wit and humor
Actors--United States--20th century
Vaudeville
Actors--20th century
Male comedians--20th century
Occupation
Performer
Comedians--United States--Archival resources
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Person

Birth 1894-02-14

Death 1974-12-26

Americans

English

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