Bennett Cerf

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Bennett Alfred Cerf (May 25, 1898 – August 27, 1971) was an American writer, publisher, and co-founder of the American publishing firm Random House. Cerf was also known for his own compilations of jokes and puns, for regular personal appearances lecturing across the United States, and for his weekly television appearances for over 17 years on the panel game show What's My Line?[1]

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Bennett Cerf
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Cerf on the set of What's My Line, 1952
BornBennett Alfred Cerf
(1898-05-25)May 25, 1898
New York City, U.S.
DiedAugust 27, 1971(1971-08-27) (aged 73)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
  • Humorist
  • publisher
  • businessman (company co-founder of Random House)
Alma materColumbia University
(m. 1935; div. 1936)

(m. 1940)
Children2; including Christopher Cerf