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Also Known As: Died: December 26, 1974
Born: February 14, 1894 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Waukegan, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Learned to play violin; got first job with the pit orchestra in a Waukegan theater
1911:
Offered $15 a week to tour with the Marx Brothers; mother turned down offer
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Changed name to Ben K Benny because there was a violinist named Jan Kubelik; later changed name to Jack Benny because there was a popular bandleader named Ben Bernie
1917:
Joined Navy and tried to entertain sailors by playing violin; was booed; actor Pat O'Brien suggested he talk to audience instead
1928:
Film acting debut in short, "Jack Benny in Bright Moments"
1929:
Feature film debut in "Hollywood Revue of 1929"
1932:
Starred on own radio show
1949:
Sole film as producer (did not appear in film), "The Lucky Stiff"
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Ended extensive radio work to concentrate on TV
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Hosted TV's "The Jack Benny Program"

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