George Burns

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Nathan Birnbaum
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/20/1896, Capricorn
  • Date of Death: 03/09/1996
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; writer; producer
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George Burns Fast Facts:
  • Ninth of 12 children.
  • His father, a part-time cantor, died when George was 7.
  • Left school in the fourth grade to go into show business.
  • Met Gracie Allen in 1923 and began performing with her.
  • Originally played the comedian to Gracie's "straight man," but changed the routine around once it was clear Gracie was getting the bigger laughs.
  • The duo starred in a weekly radio show from 1932 until '50, then starred in TV's The Burns and Allen Show from 1950 until '58, when she retired.
  • Immersed himself in work after Gracie died in 1964.
  • He was 80 when he won a supporting-actor Oscar for The Sunshine Boys.
  • Inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1988; was a Kennedy Center honoree that same year.
  • George Burns Relationships:
  • Hannah Siegel - Ex-wife
  • Gracie Allen - Wife (deceased)
  • Sandra Jean Luckman - Daughter
  • Ronald Jon Burns - Son
  • George Burns Awards:
  • 1975 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Performance in Informational Programming - Winner
  • 1990 Grammy: Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording - Winner
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music - Nominee
  • 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award - Winner

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