began his career in show biz on the airwaves, and by 1950 he was ready to enter the realm of television. With his move from radio to the small screen, Benny brought along with him many supporting actors from his original show. They included Eddie Anderson
as Rochester Van Jones, the star's deep-voiced valet; robust narrator Don Wilson
; songster Dennis Day
; Mel Blanc
(the voice of Bugs Bunny), who played Benny's violin teacher; Mary Livingstone
, as Benny's wife; and Frank Nelson
as the character best-known for saying, "Yeeeesssss!"
Apart from the familiar characters that joined Jack Benny's television show from his precursor radio program, Benny managed to land many top stars as guests. Among the numerous stars to make appearances on The Jack Benny Show, were celebrities like Ken Murray, Frank Sinatra, Claudette Colbert, Basil Rathbone, Johnny Carson, Marilyn Monroe, and Humphrey Bogart—to name a few. The Jack Benny Show enjoyed a long enduring run of fifteen years, served as a springboard for several up-and-coming celebrities, and made Jack Benny one of the most loved comedians in the history of American television.