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Born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Ill., on Feb. 14, 1894, Jack Benny began his career as a comedic movie actor in the 1930s and '40s but found his niche as a television host, a role he performed faithfully for nearly 15 years from 1950 to 1965 as star of "The Jack Benny Program."

The show, which captured Benny's interactions with an assorted cast of comedic regulars, won the actor two Emmy awards and a pair of Emmy nominations and also helped cement his reputation as one of the most beloved public personas of the 20th century.

Benny had less time for film work in the 1960s and '70s but managed to turn in small roles in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and The Man (1972). He died on Dec. 26, 1974, at the age of 80.

Jack Benny in Without Reservations

Without Reservations

1946 NR

When best-selling author Kit Madden (Claudette Colbert) hops a train to Hollywood to oversee the filming of her latest novel, she encounters a pair of Marines, one of whom (John Wayne) she thinks would be perfect to portray the war hero in her book. Not knowing that Kit is the author, though, the guys profess nothing but disdain for the story. Don DeFore co-stars, and a long list of celebrities (including Jack Benny) make appearances.

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