Jack Benny
Jack Benny
Celebrated Name: Jack Benny
Real Name/Full Name: Benjamin Kubelsky
Gender: Male
Age at the time of death: 80 years old
Birth Date: 14 February 1894
Date of Death: 26 December 1974
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.72 m
Weight: 82 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Mary Livingstone (m. 1927–1974)
Children: Yes (Joan Benny)
Profession: American stand up comedian, Vaudevillian, radio, television and film actor, violinist
Net Worth in 2024: $30 million
Last Updated: June 2024

An American comedian, radio, television and film actor, a violinist, and a vaudevillian, Jack Benny was an influential comedian known for his opportune comic timing and his ability to cause unrestrained laughter. Unlike broad jokes, his jokes were subtle. As a leading 20th century American entertainer, his notable verbal inflection and acute timing achieved him a large number of audiences very quickly.

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Early Life & Biography

Born as Benjamin Kubelsky to Jewish Parents Meyer Kubelsky and Emma Sachs Kubelsky, who emigrated from Poland to America, Benny began to study violin at the age of 6. His parents were highly ambitious about his career as a professional violinist. Benjamin was a dreamer, but being poor at studies, he was expelled from school, after which he joined his father’s business as a saloon owner and a haberdasher.

In 1911, he started playing the violin in local theatres. In 1917, Benjamin Benny left to join his business show to enter the United States Navy in World War 1. After his return from war, he received a sound pressure from another performer Ben Bernie regarding his name since Benjamin had developed a one-person act “Ben K. Benny: Fiddle Funology.” Hence he adopted a sailor’s name Jack and thus the name Jack Benny.

In 1926, Jack instantly fell for Sadie Marks and married the following year. Sadie was called in to fit in the role of a dumb girl and proved herself to be a natural comedienne. She adopted the name of Mary Livingstone and collaborated with Benny throughout his career. In 1932, he was invited into Ed Sullivan’s radio program, uttering his first persuading speech on the radio, “This is Jack Benny talking. There will be a slight pause while you say, Who cares?….”

Personal Life

Sadie Marks was working in the hosiery section of the Hollywood Boulevard branch, where Benny courted here in 1926. The following year they married and later adopted a daughter Joan Naomi who was born in 1934.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 14 February 1894, Jack Benny was 80 years old at the time of his death. His height was 1.72 m tall and weighed 82 Kg.


At the age of 15, Benny started his career playing the violin in local theatres for $7.5 a week, after which he was expelled from school for his being poor in studies. In 1912, he teamed up with Cora Salisbury, a 45-year-old widow who needed a partner for acting. Ben had changed his name to Ben K Benny because of his name resemblance to another violinist. They started to add comic elements to their show, which earned him the reputation of being a musician as well as a comedian.

Also, during World War 1, he entertained the troops with his art. However, Jack Benny became a national figure with his radio show, “The Jack Benny Show,” which ran from 1932 to 1948 on NBC and from 1949 to 1955 on CBS. The Stand-up comedian was a television performer too. There was not much of a difference between the TV shows and the radio talks except for some visual gags.

Even personalities like Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, and Walt Disney became guests at his appearance. Jack Benny had also acted in movies, namely, “Bright Moments,” “Chasing Rainbows,” “Medicine Man,” “Mr Broadway,” etc. His most famous film being, the Academy Award winner “The Hollywood Revue of 1929”, “Broadway Melody of 1936”, “George Washington Slept Here,” “Charley’s Aunt.”

Awards & Achievements

Jack Benny is a leading American entertainer inducted into the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1960, Television Hall of Fame in 1988, National Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. He was also inducted as a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln by the governor of Illinois in 1972 for his splendid contribution in the field of performing arts. The Order of Lincoln is the state’s highest honor. Another of his achievements was the issuance of a stamp in 1991 honoring comedians, by the US Postal Service.

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Jack Benny Net Worth
Jack Benny Net Worth

Jack Benny’s net worth as of June 2024 stood at $30 million.

Jack Benny had a brilliant gift for bringing laughter to not only people around him but a nation as a whole. In 1974, the world lost a comedian due to pancreatic cancer, which was declared inoperable. He was one of the top stars of radio, television, and stage for well over 50 years. His likable stage persona delighted audiences not only in the United States but in the whole world. What was unique about him? Born in a humble family and being a determined boy, he had an unusual comedic method, and his expert timing made him a sensation that he rightly deserved. This man is worth remembering for generations to come.


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