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: 05/17/1935 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 and wrote scripts for "Friends and Lovers", a CBS sitcom starring Paul Sand

1974

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

1965

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

1964

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

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

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

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

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

Joined NBC as a member of its story department

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

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

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