Burns, Edward (I) Biography

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Edward Fitzgerald Burns
29 January 1968, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
6' 1"
Edward Burns was born on January 28th 1968 in Woodside, Queens New York. The second of three children of Irish-Catholic immigrants. His father Edward J. Burns was a police sergeant and active spokesperson for the New York Police Dept. His mother, Molly, worked for the Federal Aviation Administration at Kennedy Airport. Edward, along with his older sister Mary and brother Brian were raised in Long Island. He attended Catholic Chaminade High School before transferring to a public high school. He went on to attend The State University of New York at Albany and Oneonta College in New York to major in English literature. During his junior year he transferred to Hunter College in Manhattan, studied filmmaking and began writing the first of many short films. Upon graduating, and through his father's connections, he secured a job at Entertainment Tonight (1981) (TV) in 1993 working at as a "go-fer". There he was able to finance and begin working on _The Brothers McMullen (1995)_ (qv), a comedy focusing on the trials and tribulations facing three Irish-Catholic siblings. It was shot primarily in his parents' Long Island home with a cast of unknowns including Burns himself and his then-girlfriend 'Maxine Bahns' (qv). The feature was filmed over eight months' time with a reported budget of only $ 30,000. Rejected by a series of distributors, _The Brothers McMullen (1995)_ (qv) bowed at Sundance, after Burns had given 'Robert Redford (I)' (qv) a copy of the film while working on ET. In 1995 his film won the festival's Grand Jury Prize, becoming one of the most successful independent efforts of the year. He then sold the film to 20th Century Fox's Searchlight Pictures. For his follow-up Burn's wrote and directed _She's the One (1996)_ (qv), which retained much of McMullen's cast and crew, including girlfriend Maxine. He was also able to cast up-and-coming stars 'Jennifer Aniston' (qv) and 'Cameron Diaz' (qv) in pivotal roles, with original music from rocker Petty, Tom. Filmed with a larger budget of almost $3 million, the romantic comedy successfully premiered during the summer of 1996 . Burns soon began work on his third feature, _No Looking Back_, a romantic drama set in a coastal town's working-class community. Burn's career seemed to be flourishing, but his personal relationship with Bahns, to whom he became engaged, ended after eight years. During filming of _No Looking Back (1998)_ (qv), there were reported romantic sightings with Burns and his co-star 'Lauren Holly' (qv). The relationship seemed to end when the film was released in 1998. That same year, Burns co-starred in the 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) World War II epic _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv). After that pivotal role in one of the greatest films of all time, Burns continued a good year, and a new relationship with 'Heather Graham (I)' (qv). In an interview with USA Weekly Magazine, Heather stated they met in a bar in LA, exchanged numbers and had numerous conversations. Burns then flew back to New York and she flew to east to see him a month later. Soon after Burns and Heather were seen at many premieres and events. It was also reported that couple was living together. But their relationship ended after two years. Although they were dating during the filming of his next project _15 Minutes (2001)_ (qv) starring along side 'Robert De Niro' (qv), Burns attended the premiere with none other than 'Christy Turlington' (qv). While his next few films did not make much of a dent in the box office including his film _Sidewalks of New York (2001)_ (qv), which co-starred Heather Graham. His relationship with Christy was getting hot and heavy. The couple got engaged in 2001. It was then reported their engagement was called off, but the couple reunited after a 7-month split. Burns and Christy finally married on June 7, 2003 and welcomed their first child Grace, later that year Grace, on October 25. Burns' most recent projects include writing and directing _The Groomsmen (2006)_ (qv) and _Purple Violets (2007)_ (qv). He welcomed his second child, son Finn, (Feb/2006) with wife Christy. Burns is committed to writing and directing his own films. He's not affected by his futile work and continues his own projects with poise. Tackling touchy relationship subjects and pioneering real-life matters. With his panoply of 'Woody Allen' (qv) -like films, there is no doubt Edward Burns will continue to dazzle us with his undeniable talent while gaining the recognition he deserves as a great writer and director.

-   'Christy Turlington' (qv) (7 June 2003 - present); 2 children

-   He always includes references to Long Island, New York

-   Frequently collaborates with 'Max Baker' (qv), 'Dennis Farina' (qv), 'Kerry Bishé' (qv), 'Michael McGlone' (qv), and 'David Krumholtz' (I).

-   Use of handheld cameras

-   Often makes movies about Irish-Americans

-   Frequently employs musician 'P. T. Walkley' as composer for his films.

-   Frequently cast as cops or special investigators ("One Missed Call", "Man On A Ledge", etc.)

-   Owns two production companies. One with brother 'Brian Burns (I)' (qv): "Irish Twins". The other is called "Marlboro Road Gang Films", named for the road in Long Island that he grew up on.

-   Has a degree in English from Hunter College, where fellow actors 'Vin Diesel' (qv) and 'Sam Feuer' (qv), attended. All three got their big break from 'Steven Spielberg' (qv).

-   Purchased the Manhattan loft on N. Moore Street of the late Kennedy, Jr, John F. for over $2 million in 2000.

-   Got his role in _Life or Something Like It (2002)_ (qv) after 'Edward Norton (I)' (qv) dropped out of the project.

-   Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film _A Sound of Thunder (2005)_ (qv), however, he failed to receive a nomination.

-   Grew up in Valley Stream, New York, as did actors 'Steve Buscemi' (qv), 'James Martin Kelly' (qv), and 'Larry Miller (I)' (qv).

-   Was reportedly offered several studio scripts to direct before deciding to continue his independent film career with _Nice Guy Johnny (2010)_ (qv).

-   Book: "Three Screenplays"

-   Music video: Appears in 'Tom Petty' (qv)'s video "Walls".

-   (1995) Music video: Appears in 'Sarah McLachlan' (qv)'s "I Will Remember You"

-   (2009) Print ads: Grey Goose vodka.

-   (2011) TV commercial: "BlackRock's iShares".

-   I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt. Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.

-   (On his fourth writing/directing effort, the _Sidewalks of New York (2001)_ (qv)): "I hope people watch this movie and still see New York as the greatest city in the world. I certainly do".

-   [on why he makes films about Irish-Americans] "I feel Irish-Americans are the forgotten minority group. Nobody else is making films about them. You have 'Woody Allen' (qv) and 'Paul Mazursky' (qv) making films about Jewish-Americans, you have 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) and 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) making films about Italian-Americans and you have 'Spike Lee' (qv) and 'John Singleton (I)' (qv) making films about African-Americans. Who is making films about Irish-Americans?".

-   If these new revenue streams weren't being uncovered, I know I would be out of business.

-   Newlyweds shooting budget: 5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can. We only shot 12 days. That's how to make an independent film.

-   I went hat in hand to the money guys for years. Just couldn't do it anymore. Decided to write smaller stories and never looked back.

-   You make a movie for 9k for the freedom it allows you.

-   [on _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv)] When your first experience of acting for somebody else is 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), you learn to observe. I certainly knew I wasn't going to be offering any advice. I just sat back and watched him work.

-   [on working with director Rob Cohen on 'Alex Cross'] Rob loves to shoot action and that's the stuff I don't do. But you never know when you're going to need it, so I was happy we got along, because I was looking over his shoulder a lot.

-   [on performing with Rachel Nichols] The first thing we shot was our bedroom scene. It was like, 'Hey, how are you? Let's get naked.' It was good to get that out of the way early in the shoot.

-   "Family Circle" (USA), March 2012, Vol. 125, Iss. 3, pg. 44, by: Patty A. Martinez, "My Family Life: Edward Burns"

-   "Parade" (USA), 14 April 2002, Vol. -, Iss. -, pg. 4-5, by: Tom Seligson, "'It Changes The Way You Look At The World'"

-   "Glamour" (UK), February 2002, pg. 80-83, by: Garth Pearce, "Ed Burns has a secret"

-   "Red" (UK), October 2001

-   "Playboy" (USA), June 2001, Vol. 48, Iss. 6, pg. 137-138+182, by: Warren Kalbacker, "Playboy's 20Q: Edward Burns"

-   "US" (USA), August 1998, "The Private Side of Edward Burns"

-   "Movieline" (USA), 1996, Vol. 7, Iss. 11, pg. 40-41, by: Danny Peary

-   "Première" (France), 1996, Iss. 237, pg. 84, by: Christian Jauberty

-   "Rolling Stone" (USA), 24 August 1995, Iss. 715, by: Jancee Dunn, Michael Rubiner, "Hot Movie Director: Edward Burns"

-   "The Washington Post" (USA), 20 April 2003, Vol. 126, Iss. 136, pg. G1+G7, by: Sharon Waxman, "Ed Burns, Acting With 'Confidence'"

-   "Empire" (UK), October 1998, Iss. 112, pg. 100-110+112+114, by: Ian Nathan, "Apocalypse Then"

-   "Premiere" (USA), April 1998, Vol. II, Iss. 8, pg. 54-55, by: Al Weisel, "Third degree Burns"

-   "USA Weekend" (USA), 29 March 1998, "Edward Burns"

-   "L.A. Times" (USA), 29 March 1998, "It's His Story -And He'll Tell It His Way"

-   "Cosmopolian" (USA), March 1998, "Giving Him the Third Degree"

-   "People" (USA), 18 November 1996, "30 Under 30 Rising Stars"

-   "People" (USA), 4 September 1995, "Getting His Irish Up"

-   "Parade" (USA), 14 April 2002, Vol. -, Iss. -

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  1. Three Nights (2014)
  2. 40 (2012) (TV)
  3. Alex Cross (2012)
  4. Blue Gold: American Jeans (2012)
  5. Man on a Ledge (2012)
  6. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
  7. "CBS This Morning" (2012) {(#1.14)}
  8. "CBS This Morning: Saturday" (2012) {(#1.2)}
  9. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2009) {(#1.576)}
  10. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2009) {(2012-12-19)}
  11. "Top Gear USA" (2010) {Big Rigs (#2.9)}
  12. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2012-01-24)}
  13. American Empire (2011) {{SUSPENDED}}
  14. Friends with Kids (2011)
  15. Kingdom Come (2011)
  16. Newlyweds (2011)
  17. "Vietnam in HD" (2011) {The Beginning (#1.1)}
  18. AMC News Special: The Stories of Tribeca (2010) (TV)
  19. Nice Guy Johnny (2010)
  20. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2009) {(#1.236)}
  21. "The Lynch Pin" (2009)
  22. Echelon Conspiracy (2009)
  23. "Entourage" (2004) {Running on E (#6.4)}
  24. 27 Dresses (2008)
  25. AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV)
  26. One Missed Call (2008)
  27. The Greatest Tunnel Ever Built (2008) (TV)
  28. "Cinema 3" (1984) {(2008-03-08)}
  29. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2008-01-09)}
  30. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2008-01-17)}
  31. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) {(2008-01-09)}
  32. Five-Fourths (2007) {{SUSPENDED}}
  33. Purple Violets (2007)
  34. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2007-12-31)}
  35. "Entourage" (2004) {The Return of the King (#3.17)}
  36. "The Knights of Prosperity" (2007) {Operation: Romanocorp (#1.13)}
  37. Edge of Outside (2006)
  38. The Groomsmen (2006)
  39. The Holiday (2006)
  40. "Entourage" (2004) {The Release (#3.8)}
  41. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#4.281)}
  42. "The Daily Show" (1996) {Ed Burns (#11.93)}
  43. A Sound of Thunder (2005)
  44. The River King (2005)
  45. "Will & Grace" (1998) {Dance Cards & Greeting Cards (#7.16)}
  46. "Will & Grace" (1998) {The Birds and the Bees (#7.17)}
  47. "Will & Grace" (1998) {The Fabulous Baker Boy (#7.18)}
  48. 'Saving Private Ryan': Boot Camp (2004) (V)
  49. 'Saving Private Ryan': Miller and His Platoon (2004) (V)
  50. 'Saving Private Ryan': Re-Creating Omaha Beach (2004) (V)
  51. Looking for Kitty (2004)
  52. Making 'Saving Private Ryan' (2004) (V)
  53. The Breakup Artist (2004)
  54. Confidence (2003)
  55. "Anatomy of a Scene" (2001) {Confidence}
  56. "The Caroline Rhea Show" (2002) {(2003-04-24)}
  57. "The Charlie Rose Show" (1991) {(2003-04-22)}
  58. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#11.67)}
  59. "Festival Pass with Chris Gore" (2002)
  60. Ash Wednesday (2002)
  61. Lethargy (2002)
  62. Life or Something Like It (2002)
  63. New York at the Movies (2002) (TV)
  64. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#10.72)}
  65. 15 Minutes (2001)
  66. Sidewalks of New York (2001)
  67. "Anatomy of a Scene" (2001) {Sidewalks of New York}
  68. "Live Lunch" (2001) {(2001-03-30)}
  69. "The Daily Show" (1996) {Ed Burns (#5.105)}
  70. "The Daily Show" (1996) {Ed Burns (#6.61)}
  71. Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998) (V)
  72. No Looking Back (1998)
  73. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  74. "Gomorron" (1992) {Om filmen 'Rädda menige Ryan'}
  75. "HBO First Look" (1992) {Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' (#5.8)}
  76. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(1998-04-02)}
  77. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(1998-07-25)}
  78. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(1998-04-02)}
  79. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(1998-07-21)}
  80. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(1998-07-22)}
  81. She's the One (1996)
  82. "The Daily Show" (1996) {Edward Burns (#1.17)}
  83. The Brothers McMullen (1995)
  84. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#3.384)}


  1. She's the One (1996) (executive advisor)
  2. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) (production assistant)