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John Bunny

John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era.

John Bunny

John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies.

John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States.

Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood.


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However, John Bunny was eventually honored for his contribution to the motion picture industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood. He was 89 years old when the series was filmed. Following his passing, advances in technology and in stunts brought great new comedic stars to silent film that relegated John Bunny to the status of an almost completely-forgotten actor. He does not appear in any of the actual storylines. Because silent film had no language barrier, Bunny's popularity was such that his death was front-page news in Europe as well as the United States. Another short-lived series, this time a weekly comedy anthology program whose only connecting thread was George's presence as host. John Bunny had only been acting in films for five years when he passed away from Bright's disease and was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. Connie Stevens is, essentially, playing a version of Gracie's character.

By 1910, Bunny was working at Vitagraph Studios where the happy-go-lucky, rotund man quickly became an international star of silent film comedies. George plays narrator in this short-lived series, just as he had in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, but with far less on-screen time, as the focus is on a young couple played by Connie Stevens and Ron Harper. He went on to jobs as stage manager for various stock companies and performed in vaudeville before being drawn to the fledgling motion picture business. An unsuccessful attempt to continue the format of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show without Gracie, the rest of the cast intact. John Bunny attended High School in Brooklyn and worked as a grocery clerk before joining a small minstrel show touring the East Coast. There were 292 episodes created in all. John Bunny, born September 21, 1863 in New York City, United States – died April 26, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, was the first comic star of the American silent film era. Starting in the third season, all episodes were filmed and broadcast weekly, 40 episodes per year.

Broadcast live every other week for the first two seasons, 26 episodes per year. This was George's response to a marked drop in ratings under the old "Flirtation Act" format. This series featured a radical format change, in that George and Gracie played themselves as a married couple for the first time, and the show became a full-fledged domestic situation comedy. this show featured musical numbers by jazz great Artie Shaw.

Advertising a brand new product called "Spam". This series featured another wildly successful publicity stunt which had Gracie running for President of the United States. The pair launched themselves into national stardom with their first major publicity stunt, Gracie's ongoing search for her missing brother. In their debut series, George and Gracie shared the bill with Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra.

He believed he would be reunited with Gracie in Heaven. Burns faced death very bravely; he often said that in a way he was looking forward to it. He died forty three days after his 100th birthday in 1996. However, in 1994, Burns was badly injured in a fall and his health steadily declined.

Burns had long planned to celebrate his 100th birthday by performing in Las Vegas. On his relationships, he said, "I'd go out with women my age, but there are no women my age.". He never re-married, and though he developed a running joke of being a sexy senior citizen (he was often seen in the company of beautiful young women), he was never crude and his devotion to his wife was unquestioned up until his death. Burns remained deeply devoted to Allen after she passed away.

Burns continued to be active well into his nineties, writing a number of books and appearing in films and television. The film inspired two sequels. In 1977, Burns made another hit film Oh, God!, playing the title role opposite John Denver. Although he had not made a film since 1939 and had never really "acted" before, Burns won wide acclaim and an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

Burns had been lifelong friends with Jack Benny and Benny was originally slated to make the film, but after being diagnosed with cancer, he requested Burns get the role instead. Matthau and Burns played feuding comics reunited for a television special. After Allen's death, many considered Burns a "has been" until he co-starred with Walter Matthau in the 1975 movie adaptation of Neil Simon's hit play The Sunshine Boys. Gracie retired due to poor health in 1958 and died in 1964.

Burns teamed with his second wife Gracie Allen as "Burns & Allen"; they built their routines and their television sitcom around situations where she said (and did) ditsy things and he made wry comments as asides to the audience, often while brandishing a cigar or golf club. He was born as Nathan Birnbaum to Louis and Dorothy Birnbaum, the ninth of twelve children, in New York City, New York. George Burns (January 20, 1896 - March 9, 1996) was a legendary American vaudeville comedian who went on to work in movies, radio, and early television. George Burns Comedy Week: (1985) CBS.

Wendy and Me: (1958 - 1959) NBC. The George Burns Show: (1958 - 1959) NBC. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: 1950 - 1958 CBS. The Amm-i-Dent Toothpaste Show: 1949 - 1950 CBS.

Maxwell House Coffee Time: 1945 - 1949 NBC. The Swan Soap Show: 1941 - 1945 NBC, CBS. The Hormel Program: 1940 - 1941 NBC. The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program: 1939 - 1940 CBS.

The Chesterfield Program: 1938 - 1939 CBS. The Grape Nuts Program: 1937 - 1938 NBC. The Campbell's Tomato Juice Program: 1935 - 1937 CBS. The Adventures of Gracie: 1934 - 1935 CBS.

The White Owl Program: 1933 - 1934 CBS. The Robert Burns Panatella Show: 1932 - 1933 CBS. Radioland Murders (1994). 18 Again! (1988).

Oh, God! You Devil! (1984). Oh, God! Book II (1980). Going in Style (1979). Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978).

Sgt. Oh God! (1977). The Sunshine Boys (1975) (Oscar). The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) (narrated).

Honolulu (1939). College Swing (1938). A Damsel in Distress (1937) (1st Fred Astaire movie without Ginger Rogers & 1st in which Burns and Allen danced). Here Comes Cookie (1936).

Love in Bloom (1935). We're Not Dressing (1934). Six Of A Kind (1934). Many Happy Returns (1934) (1st leading role).

International House ([[1933). College Humor (1933). The Big Broadcast (1932) (1st feature film). Lambchops (1929) (a "short" film).

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