George Burns (I) (1896–1996)

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George Burns was an American actor, comedian, singer, and published author. He formed a comedy duo with his wife Gracie Allen (1895-1964), and typically played the straight man to her zany roles. Following her death, Burns started appearing as a solo performer. He once won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and continued performing until ... See full bio »

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 1994 Radioland Murders
Milt Lackey
 1993 The Golden Palace (TV Series)
George Burns
- Say Goodbye, Rose (1993) ... George Burns
 1989 George Burns - His Wit and Wisdom (Video)
George Burns
 1988 18 Again!
Jack Watson / David Watson
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
George Burns
- Christmas Carol II: The Sequel (1985) ... George Burns
- The Funniest Guy in the World (1985) ... George Burns
- The Honeybunnies (1985) ... George Burns
- Dream, Dream, Dream (1985) ... George Burns
- The Assignment (1985) ... George Burns
 1984 Oh, God! You Devil
God / Harry O. Tophet
 1983 Fame (TV Series)
George Burns
- The Kids from Fame in Concert (1983) ... George Burns
 1982 Two of a Kind (TV Movie)
Ross 'Boppy' Minor
 1980 Oh, God! Book II
 1979 Going in Style
 1979 Just You and Me, Kid
 1978 Alice (TV Series)
George Burns
- Oh, George Burns! (1978) ... George Burns
 1977 Oh, God!
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Sam Packer
- The Adventure of Veronica's Veils (1975) ... Sam Packer
 1975/I The Sunshine Boys
Al Lewis
 1972 The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (TV Series)
George Burns
- Episode #2.12 (1972) ... George Burns
- Episode #2.2 (1972) ... George Burns
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
George Burns
- Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography (1970) ... George Burns
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
- How We Met (1968) ... Cupid
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
George Burns
- Lucy with George Burns (1966) ... George Burns
 1964-1965 Wendy and Me (TV Series)
George Burns
- Tacos, Enchiladas and Wendy (1965) ... George Burns
- Call Me or I'll Call You (1965) ... George Burns
- Wendy's Five Thousand Dollar Chair (1965) ... George Burns
- Danny's Double Life (1965) ... George Burns
- Wendy's Instant Intellect (1965) ... George Burns
 1962-1963 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Mister Ed's impression of George Burns / George Burns
- Don't Laugh at Horses (1963) ... Mister Ed's impression of George Burns (voice, uncredited)
- George Burns Meets Mister Ed (1962) ... George Burns
 1952-1963 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
George Burns / Devil
- Jack Is Kidnapped (1963) ... George Burns
- Variety Show (1961) ... George Burns
- Nightbeat Takeoff (1960) ... George Burns
- George Burns Show (1959) ... George Burns
- Bachelor TV Lives (1958) ... George Burns
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Eddie Martin
- Platinum on the Rocks (1959) ... Eddie Martin
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
George Burns
- George Burns in the Big Time (1959) ... George Burns
 1955-1959 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
George Burns
- Bob Helps von Zell (1959) ... George Burns
- Bob Butters Beck, Beck Butters Better (1958) ... George Burns
- Bob Meets the Mortons (1957) ... George Burns
- Hawaii Calls (1955) ... George Burns
 1958-1959 The George Burns Show (TV Series)
George Burns
- George Invests in a Record Company (1959) ... George Burns
- The Monster Trend (1959) ... George Burns
- Breaking Up the Team (1959) ... George Burns
- George's Trial (1959) ... George Burns
- The Orchid Room or Contract to Sing (1959) ... George Burns
 1950-1958 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
George Burns
- The Exchange Student (1958) ... George Burns
- The Grammar School Dance (1958) ... George Burns
- Summer School (1958) ... George Burns
- The June Wedding (1958) ... George Burns
- The Week in New York (1958) ... George Burns
 1957 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
George Burns
- At Sixty-Five (1957) ... George Burns
 1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac
Narrator (voice)
 1939 Honolulu
Joe Duffy
 1938 College Swing
George Jonas
 1937 A Damsel in Distress
 1936 College Holiday
George Hymen
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Mr. Platt
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
George Burns
 1935 Here Comes Cookie
George Burns
 1935 Love in Bloom
 1934 Many Happy Returns
George Burns
 1934 We're Not Dressing
 1934 Six of a Kind
George Edward
 1933 College Humor
George Burns (as Burns and Allen)
 1933 International House
Dr. Burns
 1933 Walking the Baby (Short)
George (as Burns)
 1933 Let's Dance (Short)
George, a Sailor (as Burns)
 1932 Your Hat (Short)
Hat Salesman (as Burns)
 1932 The Big Broadcast
 1932 Patents Pending (Short)
 1932 The Babbling Book (Short)
George (as Burns)
 1931 Oh, My Operation (Short)
The New Patient (as Burns)
 1931 100% Service (Short)
George (as Burns)
 1931 Once Over, Light (Short)
Barbershop Customer (as Burns)
 1931 The Antique Shop (Short)
Customer (as Burns)
 1931 Pulling a Bone (Short)
Man with Bone
 1930 Fit to Be Tied (Short)
A Tie Customer (as Burns)
 1929 Lambchops (Short)
George the Boyfriend (as Burns)
Show Show Producer (8 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (30 credits)
Show Show Writer (12 credits)
Show Show Production manager (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (214 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (68 credits)

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Other Works:

Album: Performed jazz standards and songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson and others on "George Burns Sings" (Buddah) See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 1 Article | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Burns and Allen | George N. Burns | Burns


5' 7" (1.7 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Well, anybody can be a straight man if he hears well. You just have to wait for laughs. A straight man just repeats the questions and the comedian gets the laughs and you just wait for them and don't let them die completely at the tail end of the laugh. See more »


Along with Bob Hope and Señor Wences, he is one of three The Muppet Show (1976) guest stars to live to be 100 years old. See more »


Played the straight man to his wife, Gracie Allen. After her death and his retirement period, he created a new image as an remarkably active amiable old comedian. See more »


Smiling Frankie Davis See more »

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