Eddie Anderson

Comedian + Actor
Born Sep 18, 1905

Edmund Lincoln Anderson, also known as Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, was an American comedian and actor. His most famous role was that of Rochester van Jones, usually known simply as "Rochester", the valet of Jack Benny, on his radio and television shows.… Read More

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1905 Birth Born on September 18, 1905.


1932 26 Years Old In 1932 Anderson married Mamie Wiggins Nelson. … Read More


1937 31 Years Old Anderson's first appearance on The Jack Benny Program was on March 28, 1937. … Read More
1940 34 Years Old 1 More Event
The Rochester character became immensely popular. In 1940, Anderson was invited to a Harvard University smoker; students from rival Massachusetts Institute of Technology detained him. … Read More
1943 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1943, when Benny brought his entire radio show cast to Canada at his own expense to perform for those in the various branches of the Canadian services, Anderson and his wife received a warm welcome. … Read More


1951 45 Years Old When Benny brought his show to television in 1951, Anderson as Rochester remained part of the cast until the television show left the air after the 1964-1965 season.
1953 47 Years Old In 1953, Anderson appeared as Rochester in an episode of Milton Berle's television show with the storyline being that Berle wanted to hire him away from Benny. … Read More


1956 50 Years Old Eddie Anderson married beauty Evangela 'Eva' Simon in Kingman, Arizona on February 8, 1956; the couple had three children: daughters Stephanie and Evangela Jr. ("Eva"), and son Edmund Jr. Eva and Anderson divorced in 1973 with Anderson retaining custody of his minor son and daughter. … Read More
1958 52 Years Old The high esteem in which the two actors held each other was evident. During a February 1958 taping of a Shower of Stars special which was to celebrate Benny's "40th birthday", Anderson suffered a mild heart attack. … Read More
1959 53 Years Old Anderson, Benny, and the remaining cast members of The Jack Benny Program (Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, and Mel Blanc) also provided their voices to the 1959 Warner Bros. cartoon The Mouse that Jack Built, directed by Robert McKimson. … Read More
1963 57 Years Old Anderson's last feature film performance was as one of the taxi drivers in Stanley Kramer's 1963 classic comedy, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, in which Benny made a cameo appearance (though they did not appear together).


1972 66 Years Old …  By 1972, he attempted a comeback with a nightclub act in Houston which led to being cast in Broadway revival of Good News but was forced to resign due to bad health. … Read More
1975 69 Years Old Anderson was elected into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975.
1977 71 Years Old Anderson died of heart disease on February 28, 1977 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles, California. … Read More
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