Knowledge Identifier: +Jack_Benny
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1894.
Countries: United States (83%), United Kingdom (3%), California (3%)
Linked to: Waukegan High School, Chevrolet, Jews, Texaco
Benny left show business briefly in 1917 to join the U.S. Navy during World War I, and he often entertained the troops with his violin playing
Eva Novak - " She co-starred with Betty Bronson and Jack Benny in "The Medicine Man" and appeared in the 1922 film "Chasing the Moon" which was an early forerunner of the 1950s film "D.O.A." In the late 1920s, she and her husband moved to Australia where she made numerous films, including The Romance of Runnibede
Ernie Morrison - Morrison left the series in 1924 to work in vaudeville, where his talents were featured on the same bills with such up and coming acts as Abbott and Costello and Jack Benny
Al Boasberg - He is credited with helping to create stand-up comedy when he teamed with then-youthful vaudeville performer Jack Benny, helping develop Benny's familiar, reactive skinflint and thus helping make Benny a major star when he transitioned to radio in 1932
Andy Devine - He appeared over 75 times on Jack Benny's radio show between 1936 and 1942, often appearing in Benny's semi-regular western series of sketches "Buck Benny Rides Again"
In 1937, Benny began his famous radio "feud" with rival Fred Allen
Fred Allen - Good friends in real life, Fred Allen and Jack Benny inadvertently hatched a running gag in 1937, when a child prodigy, violinist Stuart Canin, gave a very credible performance on the Allen show, inspiring an Allen wisecrack about "a certain alleged violinist," who should hide in shame over his poor playing
Ynez Seabury - In 1937 she was a member of the cast of the CBS Radio Theater dramatization of "Brewster's Millions", which featured Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone
Eddie Anderson (comedian) - Anderson's first appearance on "The Jack Benny Program" was on 28 March 1937
Keene Thompson - Keene became ill in June 1937, just after completing the script for the Jack Benny musical comedy "Artists and Models"
Eddie Anderson (comedian) - In July 1939, Anderson appeared on screen for the first time with radio boss Jack Benny, in the film "Man About Town"
Johnny Green - He also, until 1940, conducted orchestras for the Jack Benny and Philip Morris records and radio shows
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - The March 10, 1940 broadcast of Jack Benny's NBC radio show featured a parody entitled "Mr. Benny Goes to Washington
General Foods switched the Benny program from Jell-O to Grape-Nuts from 1942 to 1944, and it became, naturally, "The Grape Nuts Program Starring Jack Benny"
Percy Kilbride - He left Broadway for good in 1942, when Jack Benny insisted that Kilbride reprise his Broadway role in the film version of "George Washington Slept Here"
By 1943, Jack Benny's Maxwell had become such a well known aspect of popular culture that it was referenced in the Spike Jones record "The Sound Effects Man"
Orson Welles - Welles guest-starred on a great variety of shows, notably guest-hosting Jack Benny shows for a month in 1943.
The company gave Benny the opportunity to produce and package other radio programs , and invest in other entertainment ventures, including the production of a 1949 feature film, "The Lucky Stiff", starring Dorothy Lamour, and as a key financial backer of the 1948 Broadway version of Mister Roberts, starring Henry Fonda
Phil Harris - Harris continued to appear on Jack Benny's show, along with his own, from 1948 to 1952
Benny first appeared on television in a brief appearance on the inaugural broadcast of Los Angeles station KTTV on January 1, 1949
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra - Founded in 1949, Jacksonville's symphony is one of Florida's longest-standing orchestras and hosted renowned artists such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Arthur Fiedler, Victor Borge, Jack Benny, Luciano_Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Midori Got?, Leon Fleisher, Art Garfunkel, Victoria Livengood, Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis, Pinchas Zukerman, Frederica von Stade, Andre Watts, Horacio Gutierrez, André Previn, Ravi Shankar, Henry Mancini, Isaac Ster
Benny and his archaic auto were featured in a series of television and print ads for Texaco from the 1950s through the 1970s
NBC - Aiming to keep classic radio alive as television matured, and to challenge CBS's Sunday night radio lineup, much of which had jumped from NBC with Jack Benny, NBC launched "The Big Show" in November 1950
CBS - An example of CBS Television Network's imaging may be seen in a video of "The Jack Benny Program" from 1953; the video appears to be converted from kinescope, and "unscoped" or unedited
George Burns - Several of their good friend Jack Benny's 1953-55 filmed episodes were produced by McCadden for CBS
Johnny Carson - In 1955, Jack Benny invited Carson to appear on one of his programs during the opening and closing segments
Peggy King - She appeared in Bob Hope's 1956 "Chevy Show" , "American Bandstand", "Maverick", "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "The Jack Benny Show"
Livingstone appeared rarely if at all on the television show , and finally retired from show business permanently in 1958, as her friend Gracie Allen had done
Jo Stafford - In 1958, Stafford and Weston appeared as the Edwardses on Jack Benny's television program "Shower of Stars", and in 1960 on "The Garry Moore Show"
Darla Hood - Hood was a guest on such TV shows of the early 1960s as "Tell It to Groucho" and "The Jack Benny Show", where she appeared on October 30, 1962 as "Darla" in a spoof of the "Our Gang" comedies with Jack Benny
Dennis Day - He continued to appear as a regular cast member when "The Jack Benny Program" became a TV series, staying with the show until it ended in 1965
Benny made one of his final television appearances in the fall of 1972 on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" when Carson celebrated his 10th anniversary
Benny was preparing to star in the film version of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" when his health failed in 1974