After a run of 23 years on the radio, Jack Benny signed off from his live radio show on this date in 1955 to concentrate on TV full-time. The comedian and his beloved regulars including his wife Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day and Don Wilson brought "The Jack Benny Show" to television in 1950. The series ran until 1964 on CBS and then moved to one last season on NBC.
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and also a notable violinist. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of the comic penny-pinching miser, insisting on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age, and often playing the violin badly, when he actually played quite well.
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; Feb 14, 1894 – Dec 26, 1974) left show business briefly in 1917 to join US Navy during World War I, and he often entertained troops with his violin playing. One evening, his violin performance was booed by troops, so with prompting from fellow sailor and actor Pat O'Brien, he ad-libbed his way out of the jam and left them laughing. He received more comedy spots in revues & did well, earning himself a reputation as a comedian & musician.
Jack Benny (1894–1974) Born: Benjamin Kubelsky At the time of his death, he was scheduled to appear in The Sunshine Boys (1975/I). After he died, the role was taken over by his friend, George Burns. Two holidays figured prominently in his life: Born on St. Valentine's Day, 1894, he died on the day after Christmas, Boxing Day, 80 years later.