– July 15
) was an American comedian and film actor. Born in Boston, Massachusetts
, Rubin made more than 200 radio, film and television appearances over a span of 50 years.
Rubin was known for his ability to imitate many dialects, as was evident when he was a panelist on the joke-telling radio series, Stop Me If You've Heard This One
Jokes by Lew Lehr
, Cal Tinney, Roger Bower and Rubin were collected in Stop Me If You've Heard This One
, a 1949 Permabook
published by Garden City Publishing. Permabooks were designed with an unusual format of a paperback bound with stiff cardboard covers (with a "special wear-resistant finish") to simulate the look and feel of a hardcover book, and the company had previously published Best Jokes for All Occasions
, edited by Powers Moulton.
The Stop Me If You've Heard This One Permabook featured a two-page foreword by Tinney, a one-page introduction by Bower, 66 pages of jokes by Bower, 85 pages of jokes by Tinney and 82 pages of jokes by Lehr. Under the heading, "P.S.", Rubin only had space for four jokes on two pages, as explained, "Benny Rubin was added to our show just before press time."
In 1980, Rubin published his autobiography, Come Backstage with Me.
Rubin died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on July 15, 1986.