David Burns was an American actor.


Born on Mott Street in Manhattan's Chinatown, Burns made his Broadway debut in 1921 in Polly Preferred before making his first musical appearance eleven years later. He summarily became an incredibly successful stage actor in musicals and comedies.

As well as his stage work, Burns made a number of film appearances early in his career, including The Saint in London, and won a Primetime Television Emmy for his role in an episode of Hallmark Hall of Fame.

Burns passed away in 1971 whilst performing in the Kander & Ebb musical 70, Girls, 70.


Burns established himself as a prolific stage musical actor after appearing as Ali Hakim in the 1943 tour of Oklahoma! and began to appear in a wide variety of shows and revues, a wide variety of which he originated roles in.

Burns was nominated for Tonys for his musical roles, namely Mayor Shinn in the original cast of The Music Man and Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!. He also appeared as Senex in the original cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.


It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

  • Once Upon a Time (reprise)(contains solo lines)
  • The Time for Parting (solo)


Face the Music (1932)(originated the role)

  • Lunching at the Automat

Pal Joey (1940)

  • Plant You Now, Dig You Later (contains solo lines)
  • Do It the Hard Way (contains solo lines)

Oklahoma! (1943)

  • It's a Scandal! It's a Outrage! (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Ultimo

My Dear Public (1943)(originated the role)

  • My Spies Tell Me (contains solo lines)
  • Lulu (duet)

Billion Dollar Baby (1945)(originated the role)

  • Speaking of Pals (contains solo lines)
  • The Wedding

Heaven on Earth (1948)(originated the role)

  • Push a Button in a Hutton (contains solo lines)

Alive and Kicking (1950)(originated the role)

Out of This World (1950)(originated the role)

  • Climb Up the Mountain (contains solo lines)
  • Cherry Pies Ought to Be You (contains solo lines)
  • Use Your Imagination (reprise)

Two's Company (1952)(originated the role)

Catch a Star! (1955)(originated the role)

  • Everybody Wants to Be in Show Business (contains solo lines)
  • Carnival in Court (contains solo lines)
  • Boffola

The Music Man (1957)(originated the role)

  • Iowa Stubborn
  • Finale

Do Re Mi (1960)(originated the role)

  • It's Legitimate (contains solo lines)
  • Success (contains solo lines)
  • Don't Be Ashamed of a Teardrop (contains solo lines)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)(originated the role)

  • Comedy Tonight
  • Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (contains solo lines)
  • Impossible (duet)
  • Finale (contains solo lines)

Hello, Dolly! (1964)(originated the role)

  • It Takes a Woman (contains solo lines)
  • Penny in My Pocket (solo)(later cut)
  • Motherhood March
  • Finale (contains solo lines)

Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (1970)(originated the role)

  • Right Hand Man (contains solo lines)
  • You've Broken a Fine Woman's Heart (solo)


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