Benny Rubin - Rotten Tomatoes

Benny Rubin

Highest Rated:   100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Lowest Rated:   44% The Errand Boy (1961)
Birthday:  
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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
79% 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
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Flyaway
1961
44% The Errand Boy
  • Mr. Wabenlotnee
1961
67% Please Don't Eat the Daisies
  • Pete
1960
67% 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 Hollow Triumph (The Scar)
  • Cabbie
1948
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 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 Lord Byron Of Broadway
  • Phil
1930
No Score Yet They Learned About Women
  • Sam
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Man
  • 1966
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
  • Bus Driver
  • 1955

Quotes from Benny Rubin's Characters

No quotes approved yet.