Ronnie Burns


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronnie Burns, the son of George Burns and Gracie Allen who played himself on his parents' TV show in the 1950s, has died. He was 72.

Burns died Wednesday of cancer at his Pacific Palisades home, according to his wife, Janice.

Born in Evanston, Ill., he was adopted when he was 3 months old. He grew up among the elite of Hollywood and the privileged of Beverly Hills, but preferred a more low-key life, according to friends and family.

Burns appeared as himself for several seasons on "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show," which aired from 1950 to 1958, and later on "The George Burns Show."

He also appeared on a few other shows, including "Playhouse 90" and "The Honeymooners," but was never comfortable with fame, his wife said. He quit acting in the early 1960s, although he worked behind the cameras with his father in 1964, producing the sitcom "Wendy and Me."

In his youth, Burns was an avid surfer and later got into boat racing and sailing. After leaving show business, he went into real estate investment, using money he had made from acting. In later years, he raised Arabian horses and had a ranch in Santa Ynez.
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Enjoy watching him and his parents still today.. thank you .. they were great..

We are blessed with the technology to see the youth and life of others. We find ourselves blessed with the moments filmed perhaps forever. he was well blessed and lived a good life. Thanks ronnie

Rest in peace and love
I have enjoyed you and your family in the 50's and now in 2018 and 2019. Thank you for the best medicine ever, LAUGHTER
TIM G Albany, N.Y

Loved the George burns and gracie Allen show

I watch george and gracie every morning. You were such a handsome man. Tell george and gracie we miss you everyday

You and your parents brought happiness to so many. My heart is it your family, Karen Gardner

You were so talented.
Thanks for the laughs.

May you rest in peace. Sincerely, Nadine Robinson

So enjoy watching you and your folks faithfully every Saturday evening on PBS here in Midwest USA town. Comedy that is true, genuine and belly laugh comedy. My prayers and blessings to you, your wife and family~~Thank you, Jonathan Powell-o big red Cornhusker state-Benkelman Nebraska (RIP)