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The Jack Benny Show
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Holmby Hills, California
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he son of a saloonkeeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school and joined vaudeville. In the same theatre that Benny was working with were the very young Marx Brothers. Their mother, Minnie, wanted Benny to go on the road with them. However, this plan was foiled by his parents who would not let their 17-year-old son on the road.
Having a successful vaudeville career, Benny also had a greater career on radio for "The Jack Benny Program". The show was one of the few successful radio programs that also became a successful television show.
Benny also starred in several movies including The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) and George Washington Slept Here (1942), although he had much greater success on radio and on TV than he did on the big screen.
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Bob Hope, George Burns, Carole Lombard, Bing Crosby, Gracie Allen, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Claudette Colbert, Gregory Peck, Nancy Davis, Ronald Reagan, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ann Sheridan, William Randolph Hearst, Julie Andrews, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, Mel Blanc, Don Wilson, Frank Remley, Zeppo Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Gummo Marx, Hilliard Marks
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his character as a miser, playing his violin badly. In character, he would claim to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.
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