Before we had Betty White, George Burns was the old fart of Hollywood. Born in 1896 as Nathan Birnbaum and acted right up to his death in 1996. He did hit the 100 year mark before passing of a heart attack. George was the 9th of 12 children. His father passed away at the age of 47 from the flu and George was forced to work and try to make money for his family. He shined shoes and sold news papers, and worked in a candy shop in New York City making chocolate syrup at the age of 7.
He and some of the other kids would sing in their spare time and they began making money by doing street performances. He took his stage name from major league baseball players George J Burns and George H Burns. Burns got his start in show business in the 1930’s. Burns would take a large break from the big screen to do TV and radio. One of his best movies that I remember him in was the 1977 movie Oh God. George went on to do many more acts and he has 3 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was quite a character and very talented in show business. He definitely left his mark on many generations. He will be a Hollywood legend for years to come.
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