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George Burns, real name Nathan Birnbaum was born on 01/20/1896 in New York as the ninth of twelve children. His career began after the death of his father, as he has 7-year old child singing group Pee Wee Quartet. When he was 14 he began performing in comic figure and Estrada.
Turning point in his career was the year 1923 when he met a young singer Gracie Allen. She created her comic pair and started performing together. Burns typical signs became his big glasses and a cigar. After the three years they performed together in various entertainment programs with her married Burns. After a series of successful performances began to work in his own radio program called The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. They debuted with him on February 15th 1932 and aired until the 1950s.
At the same time, however, Burns also developing his film career, especially alongside wife Gracie Allen. First they performed together in several short films. Their first full-length was THE BIG BROADCAST (1932). Later, they presented together in films INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933) Six of a Kind (1934), Love in Bloom (1935) and SWING COLLEGE (1938). Overall, they performed together in 13 films. George Burns and Gracie Allen has become popular during almost 18 years on the radio had 45 million listeners. In 1950, the show was transferred from radio to television, where successfully continued until 1958, when Gracie Allen to retire. George Burns began to represent himself, but he did not have the same success as his wife, and that was after the show canceled.
Gracie Allen died in 1964. After her death, Burns focused on appearances on television programs. A year ago, but in 1974 he was given a chance to restart his acting career. After the death of his close friend Jack Benny Burns has decided to take over his role in the film directed by Herbert Ross THE SUNSHINE BOYS (1975). In 1976 this film won for the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor, which at the age of 80 years became the oldest Oscar winner. His record surpassed only Jessica Tandy in 1990. Since that successful period focused on appearances in movies. Played in comedies OH, GOD! (1977), In Style (1979) and 18 Again! (1988). His last film was Radioland MURDERS (1994) where he played as a 98- year old.
At the age of 99 years he has completed one of his last performances in his honor when he was named the street in Los Angeles. January 20, 1996 celebrated its 100th birthday, but his health deteriorated. One of the most popular American comedian died 9.3.1996 at his home in Beverly Hills. Nearly 90 years spent in show business and create a huge amount of film and television appearances
New York City, New York, USA
ground. March 9, 1996 (100 years)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA