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Jack Benny
 Roles turned down by Jack Benny:

Father of the Bride
Benny so anxiously wanted the role of Stanley Banks that he consented to a screen test for producer Pandro Berman. Later, Spencer Tracy (told MGM had put the story into production with him in mind) threatened to walk off the picture after hearing about Benny's unsuccessful test. It took Katharine Hepburn's efforts as a go-between to get Tracy back on board.
Actor who got the part: Spencer Tracy

The Sunshine Boys
Cast as one of two famous ex-vaudevillians who can't stand each other but are being reunited for a television show, Benny died before filming could begin.
Actor who got the part: George Burns









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