George Burns

American comedian, actor, and writer (1896–1996)

George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum, January 20, 1896– March 9, 1996), was an American comedian, actor, and writer.

George Burns
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Portrait by Allan Warren, 1986
Nathan Birnbaum

(1896-01-20)January 20, 1896
DiedMarch 9, 1996(1996-03-09) (aged 100)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Other namesNattie
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active1902–1996
Spouse(s)Gracie Allen
(1926–64; her death; 2 children)

He was well-known for his comedy routines with his wife, Gracie Allen, involving her tall tales about her relatives. The Burns & Allen Show was broadcast on radio from 1942 to 1950[1] and on television from 1950 to 1958.[2]


  1. "Radio Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  2. "Museum of Broadcast Communications". Archived from the original on 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2012-08-13.