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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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Known For

Radio City Revels Lester Robin
(1938)
Waikiki Wedding Shad Buggle
(1937)
The Windjammer Bob Burns
(1945)
Mountain Music Bob Burnside
(1937)

Filmography

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 1945 The Windjammer
Bob Burns
 1944 Belle of the Yukon
Sam Slade
 1942 The Bashful Bachelor
Townsman (uncredited)
 1940 Comin' Round the Mountain
Jed Blower
 1940 Alias the Deacon
Deke Caswell
 1939 Our Leading Citizen
Lem Schofield
 1939 I'm from Missouri
Sweeney Bliss
 1938 The Arkansas Traveler
The Arkansas Traveler
 1938 Tropic Holiday
Breck Jones
 1938 Radio City Revels
Lester Robin
 1937 Wells Fargo
Hank York - a Wanderer
 1937 Mountain Music
Bob Burnside
 1937 Waikiki Wedding
Shad Buggle
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Bob Black
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Buck Eaton
 1935 Roof Tops of Manhattan (Short)
The Arkansas Traveler
 1934 Lazy River
Slim - Prisoner (uncredited)
 1934 Spitfire
Mountaineer (uncredited)
 1933 Hoopla
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 Not Exactly Gentlemen
Newspaper Printer (uncredited)
 1930 Up the River
Slim - Bazooka Player (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1941-47) Radio: Starred in "The Arkansas Traveler" (aka "The Bob Burns Show") for CBS (and later NBC) Radio. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Robert Burns

Spouse:

Harriet M. Foster  (his death)  (3 children) | See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »

Trivia:

His four children: Robert Jr. (first marriage); Barbara Ann, William Robin, Stephen (second marriage). See more »

Trademark:

Playing his homemade musical instrument, the 'bazooka.' See more »

Nickname:

'Bazooka' Burns; The Arkansas Traveler

Star Sign:

Leo

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