The Jack Benny Program

The Jack Benny Porgram

Eddie Anderson

Born on September 18, 1905 in Oakland, California

Died on February 28, 1977 in Los Angeles, California of a heart ailment

Dennis Day

Born on May 21, 1916 in The Bronx, New York City, New Your

Died on June 22, 1988 in Bel Air, California of Lou Gehrig's disease

Phil Harris

Born on June 24, 1904 in Linton, Indiana

Died on August 11, 1995 in Ranch Mirage, California of heart failure

Mary Livingstone

Born on June 23, 1905 in Seattle, Washington

Died on June 30, 1083 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California of heart disease

Jack Benny

Born on February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois

Died on December 26, 1974 in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California of pancreatic cancer

Don Wilson

Born on September 1, 1900 in Lincoln, Nebraska

Died on April 25, 1982 in Cathedral City, California of a stroke

Mel Blanc

Born on May 30, 1908 in San Francisco, California

Died on July 10, 1989 in Los Angeles, California of heart disease


CBS, NBC, 1932-1955

One of the longest running and most successful comedies in the history of radio,"The Jack Benny Program. was loosely organized as a situation comedy. The show often began with an opening period of repartee among the cast members and continued with a comic skit featuring many of the supporting characters who became household words: Dennis Day, the scatterbrained tenor; Phil Harris, the wisecracking bandleader; Rochester, the gravel-voiced black valet played by Eddie Anderson; Mr. Kitzel, played by Artie Auerback; and Mary Livingstone, Benny's girlfriend on the show, who was his wife in real life. Mel Blanc and Frank Nelson played many different comic characters. Don Wilson was the announcer. Two sponsors were especially long-lived and the program was sometimes known by the sponsor's name: "The Jello Program" (1934-1942) and "The Lucky Strike Program" (1944-1955).