Allan Burns

Screenwriter, Producer, Director
A prolific writer of sitcoms who has been partnered at various times with other icons of the genre (i. e., Chris Hayward, James L Brooks) Allan Burns is most often heralded as the co-creator of the groundbreaking ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1935 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Producer (11)

Cutters 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Great Television Moments: What We Watched 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

FM 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Duck Factory 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lou Grant 1977 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Friends and Lovers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Friends and Lovers 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (10)

Mockingbird Lane 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Source Material

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Just the Way You Are 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Little Romance 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Little Romance 1979 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The New Lorenzo Music Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

Shepherd's Flock 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Writer

My Mother the Car 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (5)

Behind the Fame: Mary Tyler Moore/Bob Newhart 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Mary Tyler Moore 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Eisenhower & Lutz 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A prolific writer of sitcoms who has been partnered at various times with other icons of the genre (i. e., Chris Hayward, James L Brooks) Allan Burns is most often heralded as the co-creator of the groundbreaking classic "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77). But he was also the driving force behind such other sitcoms as "My Mother the Car" (NBC, 1965-66) and "FM" (NBC, 1989-90) in addition to making occasional forays into features.

Relationships

Joan Burns

Wife

Donald L Burns

Father

Pauline Burns

Mother

Eric Burns

Son

Matthew Burns

Son

EDUCATION

University of Oregon

Eugene , Oregon 1956
attended for one year

Milestones

1993

Created the CBS sitcom "Cutters"

1989

With Dan Wilcox, co-created the NBC sitcom "FM"; also executive produced and scripted

1988

Created the CBS sitcom "Eisenhower & Lutz"; also executive produced and directed premiere

1986

Feature directorial debut "Just Between Friends", starring Mary Tyler Moore; also produced and scripted

1984

Created the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Duck Factory", starring Jim Carrey

1979

Earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for "A Little Romance"

1974

Created the spin-off sitcom "Rhoda" (CBS)

1974

Created and wrote scripts for "Friends and Lovers", a CBS sitcom starring Paul Sand

1965

Co-created the NBC sitcom "My Mother the Car" with Hayward

1964

With Chris Hayward, created original concept for "The Munsters" (CBS)

Joined NBC as a member of its story department

Created and wrote "He & She" with Hayward; won first Emmy

With Brooks, co-created and executive produced the CBS sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"; also contributed scripts; won five Emmys during the show's run

Partnered with James L Brooks as writer-producer on "Room 222" (ABC)

Served as story editor and script writer on "Get Smart" (CBS)

Wrote animated productions for Jay Ward Productions, including "Bullwinkle"

Created and co-executive produced "Lou Grant" a CBS drama series based on the character created for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

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