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George Burns

George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum; Yiddish: נתן בירנבוים‎; 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.

At age 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 20th, 1896 (New York City), Died March 9th, 1996 (Beverly Hills)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: performer

Notes: He and his wife became the comedy team of Burns & Allen in 1922.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W152410 10-in. 6/9/1933 George Burns and Gracie Allen Gracie Allen ; George Burns Comic scene, with piano performer  
Columbia W152411 10-in. 6/9/1933 George Burns and Gracie Allen Gracie Allen ; George Burns Comic scene, with piano performer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Burns, George," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102387.

Burns, George. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102387.

"Burns, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102387

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