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Jack Benny

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Birthday
14, 1894
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Dec 26, 1974 (80)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
14, 1894
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Dec 26, 1974 (80)

About

Legendary vaudevillian performer whose work on The Jack Benny Program, a weekly radio and television show that ran from 1932 to 1955, launched him to national fame. He earned TV, film, and radio stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Before Fame

While in high school, he played violin in local dance bands and orchestras. After working in vaudeville, he briefly left show business to join the U.S. Navy during World War I.

Trivia

His Jack Benny Program featured such African-American performers as Louis Armstrong and The Ink Spots.

Family Life

He adopted a daughter, Joan, with his wife Sadie Marks (Marks, a fellow performer, was also known by the stage name of Mary Livingstone).

Associated With

He performed for twenty-five years with New York-born musician Dennis Day.