Burton "Butch" Baskin

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Burton "Butch" Baskin

Birthplace: Streator, IL, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Cause of death: Heart Attack
Immediate Family:

Son of Harold "Harry" Baskin and Eda Surie
Husband of Shirley Robbins
Father of <private> Baskin and <private> Baskin

Occupation: Co-Founder of Baskin-Robbins
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About Burton "Butch" Baskin


  • AKA: Burt
  • Born: 17-Dec-1913
  • Birthplace: San Diego, CA
  • Died: 24-Dec-1967
  • Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
  • Cause of death: Heart Failure
  • Remains: Buried, Home of Peace Memorial Park, East Los Angeles, CA
  • Gender: Male
  • Religion: Jewish
  • Race or Ethnicity: White
  • Sexual orientation: Straight
  • Occupation: Business
  • Nationality: United States
  • Executive summary: Co-Founder of Baskin-Robbins
  • Military service: US Navy (WWII, to Lieutenant)

Burton "Butch" Baskin operated a small but stylish men's wear shop inside Chicago's Palmer House Hotel, and met Irv Robbins when he began dating Robbins' sister in 1941. He soon married into the family, became good friends with Robbins, and the two men decided to go into the ice cream business. At the suggestion of Robbins' father, however, they each opened separate stands, so that each man could better understand the responsibilities of running their own business. Baskin opened his Burton's ice cream stand in 1945, while Robbins opened a shop called Snowbird. They each had several stores by the time they merged in 1948, forming the company that was renamed Baskin-Robbins in 1953. By the time the two brothers-in-law had opened eight stores, they could no longer effectively oversee each location by themselves, so they began offering store managers a stake in the business. Soon they were selling the stores to the managers -- the birth of fast-food franchising in America. Baskin died of a heart attack at the age of 54, just months after retiring and selling the business to United Fruit Company.

His daughter, Edie "Bud" Baskin, is a photographer whose hand-tinted celebrity photographs were featured for many years as the fade-out illustrations on Saturday Night Live. Baskin's son, Richard Baskin, is a composer best known for writing several of the songs featured in Robert Altman's Nashville, and the score for Willie Nelson's Honeysuckle Rose.

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Burton "Butch" Baskin's Timeline

December 17, 1913
Streator, IL, USA
December 24, 1967
Age 54
Los Angeles, CA, USA