Ronnie Burns Actor

Ronald Jon "Ronnie" Burns (July 9, 1935 – November 14, 2007) was a television actor primarily remembered as the adopted son of comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen. Burns was born in Evanston, Illinois, and was adopted at the age of two months. According to George Burns, Ronnie had been the most sickly baby up for adoption from the agency, and Gracie chose him because she particularly felt he needed their help. Ronnie's older sister, Sandra Jean, had been adopted shortly before. At seventeen, Ronnie joined the cast of his parents' The Burns & Allen Show which ran from 1950-1958. Later he appeared on The George Burns Show, which did not feature Gracie Allen, who had retired. This show failed despite the presence of George, Ronnie and Sandra Burns as well as Bea Benaderet and Harry von Zell, who had appeared on The Burns & Allen Show. Burns starred in the 1960-1961 NBC comedy series Happy in which he and Yvonne Lime Fedderson played Chris and Sally Day, the parents of a talking baby called "Happy". Burns played the manager of the Palm Desert Hotel in Palm Springs, California. Lloyd Corrigan, Doris Packer, and Burt Metcalfe had supporting roles.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 9th, 1935
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
November 14th, 2007 at age of 72
Place of death
Pacific Palisades, California, United States of America
Cause of death
Cancer

Family

Parents
Siblings
Spouses

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
Anatomy of a Psycho
Crime,Thriller
1961
Boris Petroff

Starring TV roles

1. The George Burns Show

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
NBC
October 21st, 1958 1 English

2. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

Ronnie Burns
CBS
1951 1958 October 12th, 1950 8
John Gallaudet
English

3. Happy

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
NBC
June 8th, 1960 September 8th, 1961 2 English

Guest TV appearances

General Electric Theater

Program genre

Anthology
Anthology series

External resources

General Electric Theater is an American anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan that was broadcast on CBS radio and television. The series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S07-E05 October 19th, 1958 guest star

Playhouse 90

Program genre

Anthology series
Anthology
Drama

External resources

Playhouse 90 is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1956 to 1960 for a total of 133 episodes. The show was produced at CBS Television City near the Los Angeles district of Hollywood in California. Since live anthology drama series of the mid-1950s usually were hour-long shows, the title highlighted the network's intention to present something unusual: a weekly series of hour-and-a-half-long dramas rather than 60-minute plays.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E33 May 16th, 1957

Shower of Stars

Program genre

Variety show

External resources

Shower of Stars is an American variety television series broadcast live in the United States from 1954 to 1958 by CBS. The series was broadcast in color which was a departure from the usual programming broadcast by CBS.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E01 October 6th, 1955

The Honeymooners

Program genre

Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

The Honeymooners is an American sitcom, based on a recurring 1951–55 sketch of the same name. It originally aired on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars and subsequently on the CBS network's The Jackie Gleason Show, which was filmed before a live audience. It debuted as a half-hour series on October 1, 1955. Although initially a ratings success—becoming the #2 show in the United States during its first season—it faced stiff competition from The Perry Como Show, and eventually dropped to #19, ending its production after only 39 episodes. The final episode of The Honeymooners aired on September 22, 1956. Creator-Producer Jackie Gleason went on to revive The Honeymooners as sketches and hour-long specials off and on until 1978. The Honeymooners was one of the first U.S. television shows to portray working-class married couples in a gritty, non-idyllic manner living in a run-down Brooklyn apartment complex.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E18 January 28th, 1956 Wallace ,
Sydney Zelinka

The Jack Benny Program

Program genre

Comedy

External resources

The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S08-E15 April 6th, 1958

The Millionaire

Program genre

Anthology series
Drama

External resources

The Millionaire is an American anthology series that aired on CBS from January 19, 1955, to June 8, 1960, originally sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive. The series explored the ways sudden and unexpected wealth changed life for better or for worse and became a five-season hit during the Golden Age of Television. It told the stories of people who were given one million dollars from a benefactor who insisted they never know him, with one exception. The series was known in syndication by two titles—The Millionaire, and as If You Had a Million.nThe 1932 film If I Had A Million had a similar plot to this TV show.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E30 April 15th, 1959 Vic Griffin

The Steve Allen Show

Program genre

Variety show

External resources

The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen from June 1956 to June 1960 on NBC, from September 1961 to December 1961 on ABC, and in first-run syndication from 1962 to 1964.nThe first three seasons aired on Sunday nights at 8:00pm Eastern Time, then on Mondays at 10:00pm Eastern in the 1959-60 season. After a season's absence, the series briefly returned on Wednesdays at 7:30pm Eastern. The syndicated version aired mostly in late nights.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E03 September 21st, 1958

This Is Your Life

Program genre

Family
Documentary film
Talk show
Reality television
Biographical film

External resources

This Is Your Life was an American documentary series broadcast on NBC radio 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its producer Ralph Edwards. In the show, the host surprises a guest, and proceeds to take them through their life in front of an audience, including special guest appearances by colleagues, friends and family. Edwards revived the show in 1971-72, while Joseph Campanella hosted a version in 1983. Edwards returned for some specials in the late 1980s, before his death in 2005.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E04 September 28th, 1955

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