George Burns

Actor, Comedian, Roller skating and dance instructor
After several unsuccessful attempts at a vaudeville career, Burns's luck changed in 1923, when he formed the Burns and Allen duo with young comic Gracie Allen (he would marry her in 1926). Gracie at first played the ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1896 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (114)

Angels With Angels 2005 (Movie)

of God (Voice)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Waikiki, in the Wake of Dreams 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes... 25 Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Milt Lackey (Actor)

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

John Denver's Montana Christmas Skies 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bob Hope's "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 95th Birthday Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Love Affair With Lucy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Super Bowl Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

18 Again 1988 (Movie)

Jack Watson (Actor)

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Magic in the Magic Kingdom 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Investigates Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's 20th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera: The First 40 Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Paris By Night With George Burns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatta Year... 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons Television 1985 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' How to Live to Be 100 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns: An Hour of Jokes and Songs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns and Other Sex Symbols 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Oh, God! You Devil 1983 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kids From Fame 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Two of a Kind 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of America's Popular Music 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

A Love Letter to Jack Benny 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns in Nashville? 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann-Margret's Hollywood Movie Girls 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Oh, God! Book II 1980 (Movie)

God (Actor)

George Burns' 100th Birthday Party 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Going in Style 1979 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Just You and Me, Kid 1979 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 (Movie)

Mr Kite (Actor)

The Goldie Hawn Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

Presenter (Actor)

Oh, God! 1977 (Movie)

God (Actor)

The George Burns Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich Little Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sunshine Boys 1975 (Movie)

Al Lewis (Actor)

Jack Benny's Second Farewell Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

One More Time 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Many Faces of Comedy 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann-Margret -- When You're Smiling 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (11/16/70) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Osmond Brothers Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Wendy and Me 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perry Como Special 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Solid Gold Cadillac 1956 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

College Swing 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Damsel in Distress 1936 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Big Broadcast of 1936 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Broadcast 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lambchops 1928 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Beverly Hills Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

College Holiday (Movie)

George Hymen (Actor)

College Humor (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fit to Be Tied (TV Show)

Actor

Honolulu (Movie)

Joe Duffy (Actor)

International House (Movie)

Dr. Burns (Actor)

Six of a Kind (Movie)

George Edwards (Actor)

Super Picnic '87 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Broadcast of 1937 (Movie)

Mr. Platt (Actor)

The Comedy Company (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Broadway (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Mona McCluskey 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Producer

No Time For Sergeants 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

After several unsuccessful attempts at a vaudeville career, Burns's luck changed in 1923, when he formed the Burns and Allen duo with young comic Gracie Allen (he would marry her in 1926). Gracie at first played the "straight man", but her wacky descriptions of her large family managed to garner all the laughs and the team wisely reversed roles. Having become vaudeville stars, the team appeared in several short films, made their feature debut with "The Big Broadcast" (1932) and played in several, mostly forgettable, movies during the 1930s and 40s.

Relationships

Gracie Allen Actor

Wife
Married Jan. 7, 1926 until her death Aug. 27, 1964 from heart ailment

Ronnie Burns

Son
adopted involved in investments and real estate

Sandra Luckman

Daughter
adopted teaches elementary school in San Diego

Hannah Siegal

Wife
Burns' dance partner; he claimed marriage was annulled because it was never consummated

EDUCATION

quit school in the sixth grade

Milestones

1994

Final film, "Radioland Murders"

1976

Portrayed the Almighty in "Oh, God"; reprised role in two sequels

1975

Returned to screen in "The Sunshine Boys"; won Oscar as Best Supporting Actor

1964

Gracie Allen died

1958

Began performing as solo comedian after Gracie Allen retired

1950

"Burns and Allen" show premiered on TV

1939

Last film before 35-year break from screen, "Honolulu"

1932

Feature film debut, "The Big Broadcast"

1930

"Burns and Allen" show first premiered on radio

1929

Appeared with Allen in 10-minute short film "Lamb Chops", the first of over a dozen shorts for Paramount

1923

Teamed with Gracie Allen; performed on Keith and Orpheum vaudeville circuits

Worked as a trick roller-skater, a dance teacher and vaudeville performer from age 14

Formed a group of children singers called the Peewee Quartet at age eight

Bonus Trivia

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Burns recorded three country and western albums

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When he underwent triple bypass surgery in 1974 at age 78, it was reported he was oldest person ever to have that operation

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Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1988

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Burns serves as one of several Proctors (along with Billy Crystal and Buddy Hackett) for the Friars Club

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