9 March 1996
On this day in 1996 Nathan Birnbaum, better known as George Burns, died aged 100.
George Burns was one of 12 children and is one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, television and movies.
His signature arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century.
Beginning at the age of 79, Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian, continuing to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.