Ronnie Burns (actor)

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Ronnie Burns
Ronnie Burns and Jacqueline Baer - 1956.jpg
With actress Jacqueline Beer from the Burns and Allen television show, 1956.
Born Ronald Jon Burns (name given after adoption)
(1935-07-09)July 9, 1935
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Died November 14, 2007(2007-11-14) (aged 72)
Pacific Palisades, California, USA
Cause of death
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950 to 1961
Spouse(s) Peggy Lyon
(1965-1972; divorced)
Janice Powell Burns
(1977–2007; his death)
Children 3
Parents George Burns
Gracie Allen

Ronald Jon "Ronnie" Burns (July 9, 1935 – November 14, 2007) was an American television actor. He was primarily remembered as the son of comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen.

Early life[edit]

Born in Evanston, Illinois, he was adopted at the age of two months by George Burns and Gracie Allen. 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.[1] Ronnie's older sister, Sandra Jean, had been adopted shortly before.

At age 17, Ronnie joined the cast of his parents' The Burns & Allen Show which ran from 1950 to 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.

Further career[edit]

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." He played the manager of the Palm Desert Hotel in Palm Springs. Lloyd Corrigan, Doris Packer, and Burt Metcalfe had supporting roles.

Burns also appeared—uncredited—as "Wallace" on the Young at Heart episode of The Honeymooners, which featured Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) trying to roller skate with disastrous results. Burns made a cameo appearance on Bachelor Father starring John Forsythe.

His sister, Sandra Burns, later Mrs. Sandra Luckman, made only small appearances on her parents' shows, and retired from acting permanently to marry and raise a family.


Ronnie Burns died at age 72 of cancer, in 2007, at his Pacific Palisades home. He was survived by his wife Janice, three sons, six grandchildren.


  1. ^ Burns, George. Gracie: A Love Story.

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