Ed Burns

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Like Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Allison Anders, actor-writer-director Edward Burns rose to prominence during the indie film boom of the mid-1990s on the strength of his debut film, "The Brothers McMullen" ... Read more »
Born: 01/28/1968 in Valley Stream, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Public Morals 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Louie 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Turk 2013 (Movie)

Harold Sanderson (Actor)

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

Thomas Kane (Actor)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

Kurt (Actor)

Man on a Ledge 2012 (Movie)

Jack Dougherty (Actor)

Newlyweds 2012 (Movie)

Buzzy (Actor)

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 (Movie)

Gerry (Actor)

The Mortified Sessions 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Echelon Conspiracy 2009 (Movie)

John Reed (Actor)

Entourage 2006 - 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nice Guy Johnny 2009 (Movie)

Uncle Terry (Actor)

27 Dresses 2008 (Movie)

George (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

One Missed Call 2008 (Movie)

Jack Andrews (Actor)

The Knights of Prosperity 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The River King 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Looking For Kitty 2006 (Movie)

Jack Stanton (Actor)

Purple Violets 2006 (Movie)

Michael Murphy (Actor)

The Groomsmen 2006 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Ethan (Actor)

A Sound of Thunder 2005 (Movie)

Dr Travis Ryer (Actor)

Will & Grace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Confidence 2003 (Movie)

Jake Vig (Actor)

Anatomy of a Scene: Sidewalks of New York 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ash Wednesday 2002 (Movie)

Francis Sullivan (Actor)

Life or Something Like It 2002 (Movie)

Pete Scanlon (Actor)

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Jordy Warsaw (Actor)

Sidewalks of New York 2001 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

Private Reiben (Actor)

Music in Movies '96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

She's The One 1996 (Movie)

Mickey Fitzpatrick (Actor)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Brothers McMullen 1995 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Edge of Outside (TV Show)

Actor

Mob City (Tv Show)

Actor

New York at the Movies (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam in HD (TV Show)

Voice
Producer (13)

Turk 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Newlyweds 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Looking For Kitty 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Purple Violets 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Groomsmen 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ash Wednesday 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sidewalks of New York 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

She's The One 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Brothers McMullen 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Brothers McMullen 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (12)

Newlyweds 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Nice Guy Johnny 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Looking For Kitty 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Purple Violets 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Groomsmen 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Ash Wednesday 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Sidewalks of New York 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

She's The One 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brothers McMullen 1995 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (11)

Newlyweds 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nice Guy Johnny 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Looking For Kitty 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Purple Violets 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Groomsmen 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ash Wednesday 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sidewalks of New York 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

She's The One 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Brothers McMullen 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

She's The One 1996 (Movie)

executive advisor (Executive Consultant)

Biography

Like Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Allison Anders, actor-writer-director Edward Burns rose to prominence during the indie film boom of the mid-1990s on the strength of his debut film, "The Brothers McMullen" (1995). A thoughtful, good-natured comedy-drama about three Irish-Catholic siblings, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and established Burns as a director on the rise. Unfortunately, some of his subsequent efforts, which included "She's The One" (1996), "Sidewalks of New York" (2001) and "Nice Guy Johnny" (2010) felt like rehashes of "McMullen" in their wordiness and low-wattage conflicts. Burns also enjoyed an occasional side career as an actor, most notably in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), but his tenacity and dedication to intimate dramas - for better or worse - were his calling cards for his decade-plus career.

Relationships

Maxine Bahns Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1989 Burns directed Bahns in "The Brothers McMullen" (1995) and "She's The One" (1996) Broke up in March 1997

Brian Burns Writer

Brother
Born c. 1969; co-owned Irish Twins production company with brother; co-produced TV series "The Fighting Fitzgeralds" (NBC)

Edward Burns

Father
Credited as one of the executive producers of "The Brothers McMullen" (1995)

Molly Burns

Mother
Worked for the Federal Aviation Administration Credited as a caterer on "The Brothers McMullen" (1995)

Grace Burns

Daughter
Born Nov. 1, 2003; mother, Christy Turlington

Finn Burns

Son
Born Feb. 11, 2006; mother, Christy Turlington

Mary Burns

Sister
Born c. 1963

Heather Graham Actor

Companion
Dated from 1998 to 2000 Burns directed Graham in "Sidewalks of New York" (2001)

Lauren Holly Actor

Companion
Began relationship during filming of "No Looking Back"; both reportedly claimed they were "just friends"

Christy Turlington Actor

Wife
Began dating September 2000 Engaged in early 2001 Wedding had been scheduled for October 2001 in Italy but was postponed because of world events Separated in early 2002 Reconciled March 2003 Married June 7, 2003

EDUCATION

State University of New York at Oneonta

Oneonta , New York
Transferred to SUNY Albany

Hunter College

New York , New York 1992
Studied film

State University of New York at Albany

Albany , New York
Transferred to Hunter College

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"

2012

Cast in the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids," written and directed by co-star Jennifer Westfeldt

2012

Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel Cross by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry

2011

Played a newly married man opposite Caitlin Fitzgerald in the romantic relationship drama "Newlyweds"; also wrote, directed, and produced

2010

Wrote, directed, and produced the romantic comedy "Nice Guy Johnny"; also acted in film

2008

Appeared in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses" opposite Katherine Heigl

2007

Helmed the romantic comedy "Purple Violets," in which he co-starred with Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson; was the first feature film to be released and distributed by iTunes

2006

Guest starred as himself on several episodes of the HBO series "Entourage" where he worked with Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) on a television show

2006

Wrote, directed and co-starred as an apprehensive groom in "The Groomsmen"

2005

Played a love interest for Grace (Debra Messing) on NBC's "Will & Grace"

2004

Premiered "Looking for Kitty" at the Tribeca Film Festiva; produced, directed and co-starred (released in 2006)

2003

Starred as a con artist in the drama "Confidence"

2002

Wrote an episode for the HBO drama series "The Wire"; episode was nominated for an NAACP Image Award

2001

Played a cop alongside Robert De Niro in "15 Minutes"

2001

With brother Brian, executive produced the NBC sitcom "The Fighting Fitzgeralds"

2001

Wrote, directed and starred in the romantic comedy "Sidewalks of New York"

1998

Co-starred with Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"

1998

Directed and wrote third feature, the romantic comedy "No Looking Back"

1996

Helmed second feature, "She's the One"; also scripted and starred alongside Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz

1995

After winning the Grand Prize at Sundance, sold the film to 20th Century Fox's Searchlight Pictures

1994

Shot first feature "The Brothers McMullen" over the course of eight months

Worked as a production assistant and van driver for "Entertainment Tonight" until January 1995

Formed Irish Twin Productions and signed a two-year development deal with Fox Television

Raised in Woodside, Queens and Valley Stream, NY

Bonus Trivia

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"If all goes well, I'll be making films for the rest of my life, so I don't feel the need to make my hundred-million dollar box-office classic right now. I've made two movies. I don't know a f*ck*ng thing about filmmaking. Ten years from now, when I've made another ten movies, maybe I'll have the chops to make a great film." – Burns quoted in Interview magazine, July 1996

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"I'm an Irish-American kid who got to make films, and I like to write about the people I know. The backgrounds of the characters are autobiographical. But it's not my family. I know characters similar to most of the characters I write about. But it's not really my family or my life." – Burns in Us, September 1996

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"He's more than a flash in the pan. He's an original talent with a voice and a vision, and he has a strong personal center. Because of that, I don't think he'll be affected by the glamour, the oversophisticated stuff. He's going to be around." – Robert Redford on Burns to Us, September 1996

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When asked if which he preferred, acting or directing and why, Edward Burns replied: "By far my favorite is the writing. It's the only part of the process that isn't collaborative, and you don't need anyone else's money to do it." – from USA Today, Nov. 19, 2001

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"Single guys still move in packs. When you get married, you lose your pack mentality. And hanging out with a group of guys starts to feel a little weird." – Burns to Urban Daddy in 2006

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