Jack Benny was a multi-Emmy award-winning
comedian of To Be or Not to Be, Charley's Aunt,
George Washington Slept Here, TV's The Jack Benny Show
(1950-65), and radio's The Jack Benny Program.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Benjamin Kubelsky
Date, time and place of birth: February 14, 1894,
at 4:04 a.m., Mercy Hospital, Chicago, Illinois*, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: December 26, 1974,
at 11:52 p.m., at 10231 Charing Cross Road, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles,
California, U.S.A. (Pancreatic cancer)
Wife: Mary Livingstone (originally Sadie Marks)
(m. January 14, 1927 - December 26, 1974) (his death)
Wedding took place at the Clayton Hotel in Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.A.
Be aware that numerous sources erroneously report their marriage took place
"January 24, 1927" and a few others erroneously state the 25th.
Child: Joan Naomi Benny (b. June 17, 1934) (adopted daughter)
Father: Meyer Kubelsky (Saloonkeeper/Haberdasher/Dry goods store proprietor)
Mother: Emma (Wagner) Kubelsky (died of breast cancer in November 1917)
Burial site: Hillside Memorial Park (a.k.a. Hillside Cemetery),
Culver City, California, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Jack Benny was raised in Waukegan, Illinois,
but was most assuredly not born there.
His birth certificate lists Waukegan at the
request of his mother, but he was actually born
at Mercy Hospital, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
A few sources erroneously report "Beverly Hills"
as his place of death. In point of fact, he died in
his final home a few blocks west of Beverly Hills,
just south of Bel Air, in the Holmby Hills
section of Los Angeles. He did not die
at his old Beverly Hills home on North Roxbury.
The majority of the above biographical data
was specifically addressed by Jack Benny
himself, or his daughter, in Sunday Nights at Seven:
The Jack Benny Story, posthumously published
in 1990, with his daughter Joan as co-author,
and of course, was carefully investigated and
confirmed before its appearance here.
All of the following publications, in some
past editions, have offered erroneous
birth data on Jack Benny.
The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia
Daily Celebrity Almanac by Bob Barry
Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
The Hammond Almanac
International Motion Picture Almanac
Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia
Time/Information Please Almanac
For many years the Information Please Almanac
continued to report the incorrect birthplace,
but thankfully recent editions have the correct
Who's Who in America
World Almanac and Book of Facts
The World Almanac Who's Who of Film
It is not our intent to denigrate these
fine publications, but merely to point out the
above inaccuracy to prevent further dissemination
of the erroneous data.
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