Stage name of comedian and costar of the classic sitcom THE GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SHOW/CBS/1950-58. George Burns related the origins of his stage name on a interview segment of ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEK (1/19/86).
As a child, George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum) played with a young kid whose last name was Burns. One of the things they did together was to follow after the coal truck and pick up pieces of coal that fell on the ground. Because the two boys were constantly seen together the neighbors began to say “There go the Burns brothers.”
Burns, then took his first name from his older brother Isodore who was called “George.” Since everyone liked and emulated him, all five brothers called themselves George.
Born January 20, 1896 in New York City, New York, Nathan Birnbaum, aka “George Burns” died on March 9, 1996 (age 100) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.
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