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George Burns

George Burns
Portrait by Allan Warren, 1986
Personal information
Birth nameNathan Birnbaum
Birth dateJanuary 20, 1896
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S
Date of deathMarch 9, 1996(age 100)
Death placeBeverly Hills, California, U.S. Interred: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Other namesNattie
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active1902 - 1996
SpouseGracie Allen
(1926 - 64; her death; 2 children)

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

He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, television and movies, with and without his wife, Gracie Allen. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. Beginning at the age of 79, Burns' career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian, continuing to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.


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