as Jack Benny
Eddie Carrolls achievements in the entertainment field have spanned every area of show business &ndash the Broadway stage, motion pictures, television, movies of the week, weekly series, and especially his acclaimed one-man show, "Jack Benny; Laughter In Bloom".
Currently Eddie performs his Jack Benny show across North America, including appearances in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, as well as San Francisco, Miami, Boston and Toronto, all part of a 42-city tour. The original Jack Benny production opened in Los Angeles to unanimous praise from the critics, audiences and the entertainment industry.
Eddies television career began with the MGM series The Lieutenant, followed by a recurring role on the Gomer Plye show. A long list of credits includes roles on such classic shows as Mary Tyler Moore, All in the Family, One Day at a Time, Fantasy Island, Life with Lucy, Love American Style, plus recurring roles on the popular Maude and Alice series. Eddie has also appeared with such luminaries as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Milton Berle and ironically Jack Benny on their television specials. After numerous appearances on the famed Hollywood Palace show he met and co-starred with Don Knots on a weekly NBC series.
On stage he has played both dramatic and comedy roles in such productions as Rope, End as a Man, The Big Knife, and The Flowering Peach. In 1995-96 he had the unique experience of performing in Neil Simons The Odd Couple, where he portrayed Jack Benny playing the fastidious Felix opposite Frank Ferrante, who played the untidy Oscar in the persona of Groucho Marx. Critics said "Carroll plays it just right &ndash a superior performance marked by nuance and sharp timing."
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Eddie got his start in Canadian theater, studying Theater Arts and Television in Toronto and working as a writer in radio and television. Along with Robert Goulet, Eddie was a principal performer with the famed Orion Musical Theater in Canada.
Eddie was awarded a prestigious NBC scholarship for new talent, moved to Los Angeles and was soon drafted into the army where he worked for Armed Forces Radio and Television. Shortly thereafter Eddie and actor Jamie Farr formed Carroll-Farr Productions and were involved in projects for ABC, Hanna Barbera and Screen Gems Television. In addition they wrote and co-produced a full season of episodes for Man to Man, a television series for MGM syndication.
Over the years Eddie has appeared in over two hundred commercials, used his voice-over talents in numerous animation, radio and television spots, and continues to work on current projects for Walt Disney as the voice of Jiminy Crickett, a privilege he has enjoyed for the last 24 years.
Eddie is in constant demand as a guest speaker and entertainer for large company functions and corporate conventions as his Jack Benny persona. He and his wife Carolyn travel on tour six months a year.
Eddie and Carolyn Carroll, who is a Doctor of Psychology, have been married for 35 years, and have two grown children, Tina and Leland. When not on tour they reside in the luscious suburb of Encino in the San Fernando Valley. Carolyn is currently writing a travel book on "Touring the World with a Husband and Two Suitcases!"