Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jack Benny - Dead at 39 years old

Does anyone know why it is said that Jack Benny died at age 39?

Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, and actor for radio, television, and film. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of someone comically "tight" with his money and often playing the violin badly.

Benny was known for his comic timing and his ability to get laughs with either a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, tremendously popular in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s were a foundational influence on the situation comedy.

Source: Wikipedia


"JeanneG" said...

I don't know if you are joking or not when you ask about Benny's age 39. If you are serious and don't really know, please leave a message on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Jack Benny would always answer he was 39 years old whenever his age was brought up in a joke or serious conversation.

Woody McBreairty said...

It's not easy convincing everyone you are 39 for 40 years. I don't know how Jack Benny did it - but I (and everyone I know) keep trying