Born on January 20, 1896 as Nathan Birnbaum, he was perhaps the best-known cigar
smoker ever. The beloved actor
smoked passionately until his death in 1996
at the age of 100.
He is the only celebrity
to have both his hands and
his cigar imprinted in the sidewalk
in front of Mann's Chinese Theater
He was once asked by a TV
interviewer in the late 1980
's what his Doctor
thought about an elderly
man of his age smoking. Burns retorted "But my Doctor is dead!
The respect Burns commanded was perhaps best illustrated by a sign posted in a Las Vegas
hotel that he frequented. The sign read, "No smoking for all persons under the age of 95."
After his wife, Gracie Allen
passed away he never remarried. But until his death he always performed in the company of at least two major babes
I only had the privledge of seeing him perform once, in the early 1990
's. Although he was already in a wheelchair
the old guy could really put it out; he sung an old Vaudeville
tune "I wish I was 18 again"
There wasn't a dry eye in the house.