George Burns

George Burns ( born January 20, 1896 in New York City as Nathan Birnbaum; † 9 March 1996 in Beverly Hills ) was an American actor and comedian. Burns has worked in his early years as a vaudeville entertainer and turned to 1994 movies. With his death ended one of the longest careers in American show business.

Life and work

He often appeared with his second wife Gracie Allen. Together, they had one of the most successful radio shows in the history of American radio. It ran from 1934 until 1950. The comedian was seen in films of the 1930s and later joined mainly in television films. In 1975, he had a sensational comeback with the Neil Simon comedy The Sunshine Boys, in which he played together with Walter Matthau an old forgotten comedian couple who wants to occur again. For this role he received an Academy Award in 1976 for Best Supporting Actor. In the Simpsons episode " Where is Bobo " is represented George Burns Mr. Burns ' brother. In the episode " Movie Star Reluctant " he is quoted.

In 1988 he was awarded the Kennedy Prize for his life's work. In his honor, there are three stars on the Walk of Fame.

George Burns died on March 9, 1996 at the age of 100 years from heart failure. He shares at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery of Glendale, California a tomb with his wife Gracie Allen died in 1964. The grave bears the inscription: Gracie Allen and George Burns - Together again ( German Gracie Allen and George Burns - Reunited )

Filmography (selection)