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George Burns

Ninth of 12 children. His father, a part-time cantor, died when¬†George was 7. Left school in the fourth grade to go into show business. Met Gracie Allen in 1923 and began performing with her. Originally played the comedian to Gracie's "straight man," but changed the routine around once it was clear Gracie was getting the bigger laughs. The duo¬†starred in a weekly radio show from 1932 until '50, then starred in TV's The Burns and Allen Show from 1950 until '58, when she retired. Immersed himself… Show more

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