Eddie Anderson won fame on radio and television playing Jack Benny's gravel-voiced chauffeur and butler on the long-running radio and television series "The Jack Benny Program."
Anderson spent more than 30 years working with Benny. The gruff voice that became his trademark had developed during his youth selling newspapers in San Francisco. Years later, a running gag on the old Benny show was Anderson's brash delivery of the line, "What's that, boss?"
Anderson and an older brother, Cornelius, became a vaudeville song-and-dance team in 1923. They spent more than a decade playing variety halls until Anderson settled in Los Angeles and began playing bit parts in motion pictures. His most important film role was as Noah in the film "Green Pastures." He also appeared in "Gone With The Wind."