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George Burns

George Burns (actor/comedian, born January 20, 1896, New York, New York; died March 9, 1996) Few indeed are the actors who've had such success playing God that they were asked to reprise it not once but twice. George Burns, whose early career with Gracie Allen was already a treasure, delighted a new generation of audiences in his later years. Born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City, he started his career as a singer in a children's vaudeville quartet, later adding roller skating and dance teaching to his talents. In 1923 he met Gracie Allen, with whom he formed the Burns and Allen comedy team. They were married three years later and costarred on the radio from 1932 to 1950, making a smooth transition to television in 1950 through Gracie's retirement in 1958.