George Burns

About George Burns

George Burns (born January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, singer, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three-quarters of a century. He and his wife, Gracie Allen, appeared on radio, television, and film as the comedy duo, Burns and Allen.

Burns and Allen got a start in motion pictures with a series of comic short films in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Their feature credits in the mid- to late-1930s included ‘The Big Broadcast’, ‘International House’, ‘Six of a Kind’, ‘The Big Broadcast of 1936’, ‘The Big Broadcast of 1937’, ‘A Damsel in Distress’ in which they danced step-for-step with Fred Astaire, and ‘College Swing’ with Bob Hope and Martha Raye. ‘Honolulu’ would be Burns’s last film for nearly 40 years.

At the age of 79, Burns had a sudden career revival as an amiable, beloved, and unusually active comedy elder statesman in the 1975 film ‘The Sunshine Boys’, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Burns, who became a centenarian in 1996, continued to work until just weeks before his death of cardiac arrest at his home in Beverly Hills. Learn More…

George Burns