Commemorating Jack Benny’s death 42 years ago

Benny Kubelsky in 1909

Benny Kubelsky in 1909

Benny Kubelski, born in 1894 in Chicago, died 42 years ago on Dec. 26, 1974. He got his start in vaudeville at the age of 17, playing his violin, sometimes with a musical partner. He struggled for years, changing his name to Ben K. Benny and then to Jack Benny. It wasn’t until World War I when he was in the navy and entertaining servicemen that he began adding comedy to his act. After the war, he returned to vaudeville and found greater success, but it was radio that made him a star comedian. I have many fond memories of watching him on television–his humor and sense of timing was legendary. 

thI use Benny as a character in my first book, THE IMPERSONATOR, when he was a not-so-great vaudeville performer in 1925. 

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  1. I remember watching Jack Benny on TV when I was young. I enjoyed his sense of humor. Reading your posts has raised my interest in the vaudeville days. Thanks, always interesting.


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