100 (passed away Mar. 9th, 1996)
Jan. 20th, 1896
New York City, New York, USA
George Burns' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1994 - Radioland Murders
1988 - 18 Again!
1984 - Oh, God! You Devil
1979 - Just You and Me, Kid
1978 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1977 - Oh, God!
1934 - We're Not Dressing
1933 - International House
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Himself - Host
Himself - Comedian
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- In the movie _18 Again! (1988)_ (qv) Burns' character celebrates his 81st birthday, although Burns himself was already 92 years old.
- Was very good friends with 'Harpo Marx' (qv).
- The whales in _Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)_ (qv) were named George and Gracie after Burns and his wife, 'Gracie Allen' (qv).
- At the time of his Oscar win, he was the oldest recipient of an Oscar. He was 80 when he won the 1976 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for _The Sunshine Boys (1975)_ (qv). This record was surpassed by Jessica Tandy in 1990. However, as of 2007 he still is the oldest recipient of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
- Pictured with wife 'Gracie Allen' (qv) on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring _"The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (1950)_ (qv).
- Uncle of Lou Weiss, chairman emeritus of William Morris Agency, who got his mail-room start in agency business with help of 'Uncle Nate'.
- In the early 1940s, during the height of their popularity, Burns had a brief extra-marital affair. He apologized to 'Gracie Allen' (qv) by giving her a new coffee table, and nothing more was said about it. However, years later, when Gracie was serving coffee to a friend in their living room, George overheard her say, "You know, I wish George would have another affair. I really need a new coffee table".
- According to 'Phyllis Diller (I)' (qv)'s autobiography "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", in the late 1960s Broadway producer 'David Merrick (I)' (qv) approached Burns with the idea of him playing Horace Vandergelder in "Hello, Dolly!" with his good friend 'Jack Benny' (qv) in drag as Dolly Levi. The intention was to turn Broadway on its ear and revive flagging interest in the show, which had been running since 1964, originally with 'Carol Channing' (qv) as Dolly Levi. This idea never came to fruition. (Diller did appear in the show for 3 months in 1970.).