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George Burns (January 20, 1896 - March 9, 1996) was a legendary vaudeville comedian who went on to work in movies, radio, and early television. He was born as Nathan Birnbaum to Louis and Dorothy Birnbaum, the ninth of twelve children.
Burns teamed with his second wife Gracie Allen as "Burns & Allen"; they built their routines and their tv sitcom around situations where she said (and did) ditsy things and he made wry comments as asides to the audience, often while brandishing a cigar or golf club. After her death in 1964, he continued to perform and is probably best remembered for playing the title role in the 1977 film Oh, God!
Burns remained deeply devoted to Allen after she passed away. He never re-married, and though he developed a running joke of being a sexy senior citizen (he was often seen in the company of beautiful young women), he was never crude and his devotion to his wife was unquestioned up until his death. On his relationships, he said, "I'd go out with women my age, but there are no women my age."
George Burns (1893-1978) was an early 20th century American baseball player. See George Henry Burns.