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Jack Burns
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    (November 15, 1933-January 27, 2020)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Frequently partnered with fellow comedian Avery Schreiber
    Together, recorded the albums ‘In One Head and Out the Other’ (1965), ‘Burns & Schreiber’s Pure B.S.’ (1973) and ‘The Watergate Comedy Hour’ (1974)
    Co-hosted ‘The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour’ (1973)
    Portrayed Deputy Warren Ferguson in The Andy Griffith Show (1965-66)
    Announcer, script supervisor and co-producer for ‘Fridays’ (1980-82)
    Voice of Sid the Squid in Animaniacs (1993-95)
    Mayberry fans failed to accept his Warren Ferguson as a replacement for Don Knotts’ Barney Fife and he was written out of the series before a full season passed.
    On ‘Fridays,’ he and Michael Richards staged an on-air fight with Andy Kaufman.
    He was the voice of one of the Crash Test Dummies (specifically, Vince).
    He served in the Marines during the Korean War.
    He and George Carlin were partners early in their careers (1958-62).
    He was head writer for the first season of The Muppet Show and co-wrote ‘The Muppet Movie.’
    Simpsons producer/writer Mike Scully called him ‘a personal comedy idol of mine’ and ‘still one of the funniest men alive today.’

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