- Pearl, Jack
- Call number
- *T-Mss 1985-001
- Physical description
- 1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
- Preferred Citation
- Jack Pearl papers, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Some collections held by the Dance, Music, Recorded Sound, and Theatre Divisions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts are held off-site and must be requested in advance. Please check the collection records in the NYPL's online catalog for detailed location information. For general guidance about requesting offsite materials, please consult: https://www.nypl.org/about/locations/lpa/requesting-archival-materials
The Jack Pearl Papers consist of correspondence, contracts, scripts, programs and photographs and are primarily of his professional life and career.
Jack Pearl was born in New York City on October 29, 1894. His first stage role was in Gus Edwards' SCHOOL DAYS (1912). Jack Pearl appeared in both vaudeville and burlesque. In 1919 he joined the Shubert organization and appeared on Broadway in THE DANCING GIRLS (1923); A NIGHT IN PARIS (1926); PLEASURE BOUND (1929) and INTERNATIONAL REVUE (1930). He also appeared in THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES of 1931 and PARDON MY ENGLISH (1933).
Mr. Pearl's greatest success was on radio, where his Baron Munchhausen character became a national hit. He had roles in two films, as well, MEET THE BARON (1933) and HOLLYWOOD PARTY (1934). During World War II Jack Pearl toured military bases and performed benefit shows. He died in New York City on December 25, 1982.
Source of acquisitionKevin Kaufman, 1985
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498