Bob Burns 08.02.1890 - 02.02.1956 (66 years old)
Bob Burns, a wealthy man and shrewd performer, built a successful career out of portraying a country bumpkin on radio and in the movies. Born in Greenwood, Arkansas, his family later moved to Van Buren, Arkansas. Though Burns played cornet and trombone in real life, he was known for his Bazooka, an instrument made from two gas pipes and a funnel; it made a strange sound and had a limited musical range. The WW2 anti-tank weapon, the Bazooka, took it's name from the instrument because they looked similar.
Burns performed on stage playing his Bazooka and telling funny stories but he had great ambition so he headed to Los Angeles to audition for one of the most popular shows on radio. After working on radio in New York for a while, he headed back to Los Angeles to work in radio with Bing Crosby on Kraft Music Hall and in the movies. In 1941, The Arkansas Traveler starring Bob Burns hit the air waves and lasted until 1947 eventually changing its name to Click here to read more about Bob Burns
This actor appeared in the following radio shows