George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor and writer.
He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three-quarters of a century.
At the age of 79, Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.
Burns was a bestselling author who wrote a total of 10 books:
- Burns, George; Hobart Lindsay, Cynthia (1955). I Love Her, That’s Why. Simon and Schuster.
- Burns, George (1976). Living it up: Or, They Still Love Me in Altoona!. Putnam. ISBN 978-0-399-11636-0.
- Burns, George (1980). The Third Time Around. Putnam. ISBN 978-0-399-12169-2.
- Burns, George (1983). How To Live To Be 100 – Or More – The Ultimate Diet, Sex and Exercise Book. Robson Books. ISBN 978-0-399-12939-1.
- Burns, George (1984). Dr. Burns’ Prescription for Happiness: Buy Two Books and Call Me in the Morning. Putnam.
- Burns, George (1985). Dear George. Putnam.
- Burns, George (1988). Gracie : A Love Story. Putnam. ISBN 0-399-13384-4.
- Burns, George; Fisher, David (1989). All My Best Friends. Putnam. ISBN 0-399-13483-2.
- Burns, George; Goldman, Hal (1991). Wisdom of the 90’s. Putnam.
- Burns, George (1996). 100 Years 100 Stories. Putnam. ISBN 978-0-399-14179-9.