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Jack Benny

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 July 2016 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Jack Benny was one of the first major radio personalities to make the successful transition to television. A huge star on radio ever since his 1932 debut on the Ed Sullivan show, Jack Benny's own television show premiered on CBS on October 28, 1950. This immensely popular show remained on the air for 15 years. Always loyal to his hometown of Waukegan, he frequently mentioned the city in his broadcasts, putting Waukegan on the map and forever linking himself with the city in which he was raised.

Jack Benny was born Benjamin Kubelsky on February 14, 1894 to Mayer and Emma Kubelsky. A younger sister Florence followed seven years later. The family resided in many different apartments and rented houses during Benny's childhood. His father was the proprietor of the Lake County Wine & Liquor Company, and later was a partner in a furniture and clothing business called Kubelsky & Gordon.

In 1909, the family rented the house at 518 Clayton Street, and they remained here through 1910. This was an important time in young Benny's life. He had learned to play the violin at an early age, and in 1910, while living in the house, received his first break, obtaining a job playing the violin in the pit of the Barrison Theatre, which was located at 25 S. Genesee Street. He eventually developed a vaudeville act of his own known as Salisbury and Benny, developing his trademark penny-pinching persona and impeccable sense of timing. He married Sadie Marks in a friend's apartment at the Clayton Hotel on January 14, 1927.

Even after achieving stardom, Benny never forgot his roots, and frequently returned to Waukegan, where his parents and sister are buried. His visits, known as "Jack Benny Days," brought out brass bands and huge crowds of fans. The largest of these events was the world premiere of his movie "Man About Town" at the Genesee Theatre on June 25, 1939. His final visit occurred in 1974 when he gave a benefit performance with the newly formed Waukegan Symphony Orchestra. He died in December of that year at the age of 80.

Several sites in Waukegan have been named in honor of Jack Benny including the Jack Benny School, the Jack Benny Center in Bowen Park and Benny Avenue, in addition to the installation of Jack Benny Plaza and Statue and his recognition in the Walk of Stars Park.

Photo captured June 19, 2016.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/27.0 ISO 1600 63 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Difficult to believe he died over 40 years ago . . a memorable character for sure.

11 Jul 2016 6:56am

BiLL from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Lovely capture of a very funny man.

11 Jul 2016 7:56am

Roland-T from Loverval, Belgium

Good portrait shot!
Good day to you

11 Jul 2016 8:51am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

A great comedian. I wonder how his sick alligator is.

11 Jul 2016 11:17am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture of his statue and great tribute !

11 Jul 2016 3:02pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

His classic pose is captured so well here. Fabulous image!

11 Jul 2016 5:49pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Quite a personality. And never loosing touch with his origins.

11 Jul 2016 6:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He was, indeed, quite a character. An excellent image of the statue.

11 Jul 2016 7:03pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

I like the backlight in this image.:-)

11 Jul 2016 8:43pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Nice shot. I love Jack Benny. I was watching old videos of his the other day.

12 Jul 2016 1:14am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A wonderful statue and true likeness. I must be feeling my age, I remember watching his show with my parents when I was a child!

12 Jul 2016 2:10am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Merveilleuse statue e et compo quel pretance cet homme grandiose.

12 Jul 2016 3:30am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Une vie bien remplie pour cet homme
Cette statue est très belle
Bonne journée

12 Jul 2016 5:57am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Beautiful light.

12 Jul 2016 6:07am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


12 Jul 2016 7:30am

Sam from Chennai, India

Excellent image of this beautiful statue. And interesting information of this star. :)

12 Jul 2016 12:47pm

Remus from Portugal

I did not know who was Jack Benny. But today I learned a little more of the US cultural history.

13 Jul 2016 3:52pm