|George Burns Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||January 20, 1896|
|Date of Death||March 9, 1996|
George Burns was an American comedian, actor, writer, television host, singer, producer, and voice artist who established himself as one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film, and television. Alongside his wife Gracie Allen, he worked on radio, television, and film as the comedy duo named Burns and Allen. Moreover, George Burns’ film credits included The Big Broadcast, College Humor, Many Happy Returns, Six of a Kind, International House, Love in Bloom, We’re Not Dressing, A Damsel in Distress, College Swing, The Solid Gold Cadillac, Honolulu, The Sunshine Boys, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 18 Again!, A Century of Cinema, Going in Style, Two of a Kind, and Radioland Murders.
George Burns, Nattie, Nate, Smiling Frankie Davis, Willy Delight, Buddy Links, Captain Betts
He was born on January 20, 1896.
On March 9, 1996, George Burns died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 100 in Beverly Hills, California, United States.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, United States
New York City, New York, United States
He resided in Beverly Hills, California, United States.
He attended P.S. 22 but left after the 4th grade due to financial reasons.
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Television Host, Singer, Producer, Voice Artist
- Father – Eliezer Birnbaum (1855-1903) (known as Louis or Lippa) (A substitute cantor at the local synagogue who also worked as a coat presser)
- Mother – Hadassah “Dorah” (née Bluth) (1857-1927)
- Siblings – Izzy “George” Birnbaum (Brother), William Burns (1902-1966) (Younger Brother). George Burns had 9 more siblings.
- Others – David Birnbaum (Paternal Grandfather), Isadore Bluth (Maternal Grandfather), Gertrude Rosenblum (Maternal Grandmother), Brent Burns (Grandson), Brad Burns (Grandson), Bryan Burns (Grandson)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $20 Million at the time of his death.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
George Burns had dated –
- Hannah Siegel – His first wife was one of his dance partners named Hannah Siegel (stage name Hermosa Jose). They married only because Siegel’s family would not permit her to tour with Burns unless they were married. The marriage lasted 26 weeks and they divorced at the end of the tour.
- Gracie Allen (1926-1964) – On January 7, 1926, he got married to vaudevillian, singer, actor, and comedian Gracie Allen onstage at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland by a justice of the peace. After they discovered that they could not conceive on their own, the duo adopted 2 children – daughter Sandra Burns (July 28, 1934 – January 19, 2018) and son Ronald Jon Burns (July 9, 1935 – November 14, 2007). Gracie and George Burns remained together until her death in 1964.
- Lita Baron (1972-1974) – George Burns reportedly started going out with Spanish actor and singer Lita Baron in January 1972 but they parted ways in November 1974.
Race / Ethnicity
George Burns was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
- Deep, scratchy voice
- Arched eyebrow
- Wore glasses in his later years
- His ever-present cigar
George Burns was cast in TV commercials for –
- Carnation evaporated milk (1950)
- FAB laundry detergent (1950s)
- Tiparillo Cigars (1960s)
- El Productio cigars (1966)
- Schlitz Light Beer (1979)
- Amoco gasoline (1980s)
- Ray-O-Vac batteries (1981)
- Pollenex Pure Air 99 filter (1982)
- Brentwood Savings Bank (IRA Accounts) (March 1982)
- World Airways Airlines (1985)
- MCI Friends & Family (1991)
- Little Caesar’s Pizza (1993)
George Burns Facts
- His parents were Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States from Ropczyce, Galicia.
- George Burns was a member of the First Roumanian-American Congregation.
- During World War I, he was drafted into the United States Army when the United States entered the war in 1917.
- He was awarded 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – a motion pictures star at 1639 Vine Street, a television star at 6510 Hollywood Boulevard, and a live performance star at 6672 Hollywood Boulevard.
- George Burns was friends with entertainer Jack Benny.
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