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Jack Benny

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 20th-century American entertainer, Benny often portrayed his character as a miser, who obliviously played his violin badly, and ridiculously claimed to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.

Benny was known for his comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, popular from 1932 until his death in 1974, were a major influence on the sitcom genre.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 14th, 1894 (Chicago), Died December 26th, 1974 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-75337 16-in. 3/1/1933 Chevrolet audition for NBC Jack Benny Radio program audition speaker  
Victor MS-75338 16-in. 3/1/1933 Chevrolet audition for NBC Jack Benny Radio program audition speaker  
Victor MS-75339 16-in. 3/1/1933 Chevrolet audition for NBC Jack Benny Radio program audition speaker  
Victor ES-76047 8-in. 4/21/1933 The Chevrolet program Jack Benny Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor ES-76048 8-in. 4/21/1933 The Chevrolet program Jack Benny Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  
Victor LCS-76049 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 4/21/1933 The Chevrolet program Jack Benny Radio broadcast : Comedy speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Benny, Jack," accessed September 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101891.

Benny, Jack. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101891.

"Benny, Jack." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101891

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