Benny Rubin

Lowest Rated: 50% The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Birthday: Feb 2, 1899
Birthplace: Not Available
Benny Rubin inaugurated his career as a 14-year-old tap dancer in his hometown of Boston. He worked in stock and on showboats during the WWI years, breaking into burlesque as a dialect comedian in 1918. A vaudeville headliner throughout the 1920s, Rubin seemed a sure bet for movie stardom when he was signed by MGM in 1927. According to one source, however, the powers-that-be decided that Rubin looked "too Jewish" for movies. Nonetheless, he entered films during the talking era, starring in a brace of Tiffany Studios musicals -- Sunny Skies and Hot Curves, both filmed in 1930 -- before freelancing as a character actor. Though he was top-billed in a handful of two-reelers and was given prominent screen credit as one the scenarists for the Wheeler and Woolsey films Off Again -- On Again (1937) and High Flyers (1937), Rubin had to settle for bits and minor roles as a feature-film actor. He would later claim that his fall from grace was due to his bad temper and his chronic gambling. Far more successful on radio, Rubin became one of the most prominent members of Jack Benny's "stock company," usually playing an obnoxious information desk attendant ("I dunno! I dunno! I dunno!). During the 1950s and 1960s, Rubin worked steadily in TV programs, feature films, and two-reel comedies; he also worked in animated cartoons and TV commercials as a voice-over artist, truthfully proclaiming that he could convincingly convey any foreign accent -- "except Arabian." In 1973, Rubin produced a self-published, self-serving autobiography, Come Backstage With Me, in which he made innumerable specious claims about his show biz accomplishments; for example, he stated that it was he who advised fledging film director Orson Welles to hire cameraman Gregg Toland for the 1941 classic Citizen Kane (in truth, Rubin's contribution to the film was confined to a one-scene bit as a typesetter, which was cut from the final release print). Benny Rubin's final appearance was in the TV miniseries Glitter.

Highest Rated Movies



80% Coma Mr. Schwartz 1978
50% The Shaggy D.A. Waiter 1976
No Score Yet How to Frame a Figg Max 1971
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front? Actor 1970
80% Airport Passenger 1970
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket Dad Schrader 1969
No Score Yet The Shakiest Gun in the West Man at Bar (uncredited) 1968
100% Thoroughly Modern Millie Waiter 1967
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Chicken Feather 1966
No Score Yet That Funny Feeling Taxi Driver 1965
60% The Disorderly Orderly Waiter (uncredited) 1964
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Happy Charlie 1964
63% Pocketful of Miracles Flyaway 1961
50% The Errand Boy Mr. Wabenlotnee 1961
67% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Pete 1960
71% A Hole in the Head Mr. Diamond 1959
80% Party Girl Mr. Field 1958
90% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Theater Manager 1957
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas Croupier 1956
67% The Tender Trap Mr. Wilson 1955
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie TV Director 1954
No Score Yet The Law vs. Billy the Kid Arnold Dodge 1954
50% Susan Slept Here Janitor 1954
No Score Yet Easy to Love Oscar Levenson 1953
No Score Yet Torch Song Charlie Maylor 1953
No Score Yet The Glass Web Tramp comic 1953
No Score Yet The Sellout Smoke Shop Proprietor 1952
No Score Yet Just This Once Herbert Engel 1952
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High Chinese 1948
No Score Yet The Bashful Bachelor Pitch Man 1942
No Score Yet Mr. Wise Guy Waiter 1942
No Score Yet Zis Boom Bah Nick 1942
No Score Yet Sunny Maj. Montgomery Sloan 1941
100% Citizen Kane Smather 1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Bugs 1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette Max 1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th Actor 1940
No Score Yet Lucky Partners Spieler 1940
No Score Yet Fighting Mad Benny 1939
No Score Yet High Flyers Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Bright Lights Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Himself 1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet George White's 1935 Scandals Louis 1935
No Score Yet Talking Turkey Actor 1931
No Score Yet Love in the Rough Benny 1930
No Score Yet Sunny Skies Benny Krantz 1930
No Score Yet Montana Moon the Doctor 1930
No Score Yet They Learned About Women Sam 1930
No Score Yet Lord Byron Of Broadway Phil 1930


No Score Yet Sanford and Son
  • 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Dr. Herman Schultz
  • 1970
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Arabian Reverend Lou Reverend Dr. Wedemeyer
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
93% Batman
  • 1966
83% The Munsters
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1st Indian
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
  • 1957
  • 1953
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Bus Driver
  • 1955


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