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Bob Burns (I) (1890–1956)

After growing up in a small Arkansas town, Bob Burns qualified as a civil engineer, but also worked as a salesman, farmed peanuts, and in World War I was a Marine sergeant and champion rifleman. His great interest from boyhood was music, and from 1911 his main career was in entertainment. He played musical instruments including his trademark "... See full bio »

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Waikiki Wedding
Waikiki Wedding Shad Buggle
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Hank York - a Wanderer
Tropic Holiday
Tropic Holiday Breck Jones
Radio City Revels
Radio City Revels Lester Robin


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 1940 Comin' Round the Mountain
Jed Blower
 1940 Alias the Deacon
Deke Caswell
 1938 The Arkansas Traveler
The Arkansas Traveler
 1938 Tropic Holiday
Breck Jones
 1937 Wells Fargo
Hank York - a Wanderer
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Bob Black
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Buck Eaton
 1935 Roof Tops of Manhattan (Short)
The Arkansas Traveler
 1935 Southern Exposure (Short)
Jimmie Chase (as Robert Burns)
 1934 Lazy River
Slim - Prisoner (uncredited)
 1934 Spitfire
Mountaineer (uncredited)
 1933 Hoop-La
Barker (uncredited)
 1933 Fast Workers
Alabam' (as Robert Burns)
 1933 Laughter in Hell
Sheriff with Posse (uncredited)
 1932 Tombstone Canyon
Sheriff Mort Langly (uncredited)
 1932 If I Had a Million
Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
 1931 Heaven on Earth
Marty (uncredited)
 1931 Young as You Feel
Colorado Detective (uncredited)
 1931 Quick Millions
'Arkansas' Smith (as Robert Burns)
 1931 Three Rogues
Newspaper Printer (uncredited)
 1930 Up the River
Slim - Bazooka Player (uncredited)
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(1941-47) Radio: Starred in "The Arkansas Traveler" (aka "The Bob Burns Show") for CBS (and later NBC) Radio. See more »

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2 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »

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Robert Burns

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Personal Quote:

I am supposed to be the Ozark Sage, though there are plenty of wise fellows back home who look like William Cullen Bryant and have even longer beards. To be a sage, I guess the formula is to stay a long way off from where you're born, or else you'll get found out. See more »


Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 78. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 See more »


Hillbilly humor, backwoods philosophy, and tall tales See more »


'Bazooka' Burns; The Arkansas Traveler

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