Jack Benny

benny1February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974

Jack Benny was one of the leading comedic personalities in radio and early television in the first half of the 20th century. Born Benjamin Kubelsky, Benny got his start in comedy the way many performers of his era did, on the vaudeville stage where he often performed with acts like the young Marx Brothers. He burst onto the national stage with his own radio show which ran from 1932 to 1948. Benny was also a very talented violinist, though he would often play it poorly on purpose to get laughs.  The style of his shows really paved the way for more situation-based comedy and opened the door for future sit-coms to break through. He also made appearances in films and on other TV shows. Toward the end of his life, he spent time roasting fellow comedians on the Dean Martin Comedy Roasts.  His appearance at the roast of Lucille Ball proved to be his final public appearance and he died in December of 1974 at the age of 80. His will stipulated that a single red rose be delivered to his widow, Mary, every day for the remainder of her life.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Main Mausoleum; Enter the main doors, turn right and then left down a main hall, Jack’s crypt is at the back of the building at the end of this hall.

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