|Born||June 22, 1902|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Died||March 12, 1971 (aged 68)|
He made his Broadway debut in 1921 in Polly Preferred and went to London with the show in 1924. His first musical was Face the Music in 1932, and Cole Porter's Nymph Errant (1933) was his London debut. He appeared in many comedies and musicals over an almost 50-year career.
He won two Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, for his performances as "Mayor Shinn" in The Music Man (1958) and as "Senex" in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1963).
Burns won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Series for his role of Mr. Solomon in the 1971 TV special (Hallmark Hall of Fame) The Price by Arthur Miller.
|1958||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical||The Music Man||Won|
|1963||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Won|
|1966||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||The Trials of O'Brien||Nominated|
|1971||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Won|
|Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen||Nominated|
The surname Burns has several origins. In some cases it derived from the Middle English or Scots burn, and originated as a topographic name for an individual who lived by a stream. In other cases the surname is a variant form of the surname Burnhouse, which originated as habitational name, derived from a place name made up of the word elements burn and house. In other cases the surname Burns originated as a nickname meaning "burn house". In other cases, the surname Burns is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Ó Broin, which means "descendant of Bran". In some cases the surname Burns is an Americanized form of the Jewish surname Bernstein, which is derived from the German bernstein ("amber").An early form of the surname when derived from the place name Burnhouse is "Burnis", recorded in 1526. An early form of the surname when derived from a nickname meaning "burn house" is "Brenhus", recorded in 1286 and 1275.
Awards for David Burns