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.
This 1942 comedy manages to eke out barrels of laughs from a contentious time in history, World War II. Joseph Tura (Jack Benny) leads a ragtag band of actors in Poland who come to the aid of an American soldier (Robert Stack) who needs help carrying out his work in the Resistance efforts. But it turns out that Tura's wife (Carole Lombard) is having an affair with the military man, which severely undercuts Tura's sympathies for the soldier.