George Burns

George Burns

Highest Rated: 82% Going in Style (1979)

Lowest Rated: 24% Radioland Murders (1994)

Birthday: Jan 20, 1896

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

After several unsuccessful attempts at a vaudeville career, Burns's luck changed in 1923, when he formed the Burns and Allen duo with young comic Gracie Allen (he would marry her in 1926). Gracie at first played the "straight man," but her wacky descriptions of her large family managed to garner all the laughs and the team wisely reversed roles. Having become vaudeville stars, the team appeared in several short films, made their feature debut with "The Big Broadcast" (1932). With their low-keyed comic banter, Burns and Allen became a successful radio team and then starred in their own TV series from 1950 until Allen's retirement in 1958 (she died six years later). Burns continued his career as a solo comedian and made an outstanding film comeback in 1975 with his award-winning performance as a cantankerous old vaudevillian in "The Sunshine Boys." He subsequently appeared in several features, notably as the omniscient title character of Carl Reiner's "Oh, God!" (1977), and continued to smoke his trademark cigars, talk-sing his charming vaudeville-based patter songs, and wryly joke about his ageless virility and various other ups and downs about growing old. As he had promised for years, Burns did indeed make it to age 100 and his centennial birthday was celebrated nationally. Seven weeks later, Burns died in his sleep of natural causes on March 9, 1996.

Highest rated movies

Going in Style
Oh, God!
The Sunshine Boys
A Damsel in Distress
Oh, God! Book II
Oh God! You Devil
18 Again!
Radioland Murders

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
24% 59% Radioland Murders Milt Lackey (Character) $1.2M 1994
29% 46% 18 Again! Jack Watson/David Watson (Character) $2.3M 1988
33% 40% Oh God! You Devil God/Harry O. Tophet (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet George Burns in Concert Unknown (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 14% Two of a Kind Ross `'Boppy'` Minor (Character) - 1982
43% 39% Oh, God! Book II God (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 43% Just You and Me, Kid Bill (Character) - 1979
82% 73% Going in Style Joe (Character) - 1979
74% 60% Oh, God! God (Character) - 1977
72% 73% The Sunshine Boys Al Lewis (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 20% Honolulu Joe Duffy (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 53% College Swing George Jonas (Character) - 1938
71% 67% A Damsel in Distress George (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 54% The Big Broadcast of 1937 Mr. Platt (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 0% College Holiday George Hymen (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Comes Cookie George Burns (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 60% The Big Broadcast of 1936 Self - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love in Bloom George (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 58% We're Not Dressing George (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 38% Six of a Kind George Edward (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Many Happy Returns Self - 1934
No Score Yet 62% College Humor George (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 66% International House Doctor Burns (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 60% The Big Broadcast George (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lambchops George the Boyfriend (Character) - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1976 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joan Rivers Show Guest 1989 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Host 1983
56% 65% Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wendy and Me Self 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1954 1961 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The George Burns Show Unknown (Character) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burns and Allen Show Self 1950-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program Guest 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956