George Burns was a legendary American comedian and actor who lived from 1896 to 1996. He was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City and began his career in show business as a vaudeville performer in the 1920s. Burns became one of the most popular and successful comedians of the 20th century, known for his dry wit, gravelly voice, and signature cigar.
Burns' career spanned nearly eight decades, during which he appeared in numerous films, television shows, and stage productions. He was best known for his work with his wife and comedy partner, Gracie Allen, with whom he starred in the radio and television series "The Burns and Allen Show" from 1932 to 1950. Burns continued to perform well into his nineties, appearing in films such as "Oh, God!" and "18 Again!" and making numerous television appearances.
In addition to his career in entertainment, Burns was also known for his love of cigars. He was rarely seen without a cigar in his hand and often incorporated them into his comedy routines. Burns once famously quipped, "I smoke ten cigars a day. At my age, I have to hold on to something." Burns' affinity for cigars earned him a place in the Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame in 1996, the year of his death.