Edward Burns

Highest Rated: 93% Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Birthday: Jan 29, 1968
Birthplace: Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
One of a number of American independent filmmakers launched to prominence in the '90s by virtue of their success at the Sundance Film Festival, writer/director Edward Burns was born in Woodside, Queens, in 1968 and raised on Long Island. After attending Oneonta College and S.U.N.Y.-Albany, he transferred to Hunter College in New York City to study motion pictures; there he helmed a number of short films, including the 15-minute Hey, Sco! Upon graduating, Burns began working at a local news outlet and made Brandy, a 45-minute effort screened as a work in progress at the 1992 Independent Feature Film Market. During the spring of 1993, while working as a production assistant for the television newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight, Burns began conceiving The Brothers McMullen, a comedy focusing on the romantic troubles facing three Irish-Catholic siblings. Shot primarily in his parents' Long Island home, with a cast of unknowns including Burns himself and his then-girlfriend Maxine Bahns, the feature was filmed over eight months' time with a budget of about 25,000 dollars and with the aid of a technical crew comprised largely of fellow Entertainment Tonight staffers. Rejected by a series of distributors, The Brothers McMullen bowed at Sundance in 1995 and won the festival's Grand Jury Prize, becoming one of the most successful independent efforts of the year.For his follow-up, She's the One, Burns retained much of the McMullen cast and crew, including Bahns and actor Mike McGlone; by virtue of his newfound fame, he was also able to cast up-and-coming stars Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz in pivotal roles, and he even solicited an original soundtrack from rocker Tom Petty. Filmed with a comparatively lavish budget of about three million dollars, the romantic comedy premiered during late August 1996. Burns soon began work on his third feature, No Looking Back, a romantic drama set in a coastal town's working-class community. The film co-starred Lauren Holly and was released in 1998; that same year, Burns co-starred in the Steven Spielberg World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. In 1999, he was back on the screen with an appearance in Oliver Stone's football drama Any Given Sunday. In the years that followed, Burns wrote and directed a series of additional comedy-dramas incluing Sidewalks of New York (2001), Ash Wednesday (2002), Looking for Kitty (2004) and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Culture High Actor 2014
64% The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Director Screenwriter Producer Gerry Fitzgerald 2012
12% Alex Cross Thomas Kane $25.9M 2012
68% Friends With Kids Kurt $5.7M 2012
32% Man on a Ledge Jack Dougherty $18.5M 2012
70% Newlyweds Director Producer Buzzy Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Nice Guy Johnny Producer Director Screenwriter Uncle Terry 2010
0% Echelon Conspiracy John Reed $0.6M 2009
40% 27 Dresses George $76.9M 2008
0% One Missed Call Jack Andrews $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet Purple Violets Screenwriter Producer Michael Murphy Director 2007
48% The Holiday Ethan $63.3M 2006
52% The Groomsmen Director Producer Paulie Screenwriter 2006
No Score Yet The River King Abel Grey 2005
6% A Sound of Thunder Dr. Travis Ryer $1.8M 2005
30% Flight of the Phoenix Screenwriter $21M 2004
No Score Yet The Breakup Artist Himself 2004
35% Looking for Kitty Producer Jack Stanton Screenwriter Director 2004
69% Confidence Jake Vig $12.2M 2003
25% Ash Wednesday Director Francis Sullivan Screenwriter Producer 2002
28% Life or Something Like It Pete $14.5M 2002
No Score Yet Lethargy Actor 2002
56% Sidewalks of New York Tommy Director Screenwriter Producer $2.2M 2001
32% 15 Minutes Jordy Warsaw $24.2M 2001
93% Saving Private Ryan Pvt. Reiben 1998
36% No Looking Back Director Producer Screenwriter Charlie 1998
No Score Yet Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' Actor 1998
61% She's the One Screenwriter Producer Director Mickey Fitzpatrick 1996
89% The Brothers McMullen Executive Producer Barry Director 1995


No Score Yet Blue Bloods
Chris Pappas
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • 2015
82% Public Morals
Executive Producer Terry Muldoon Producer Screenwriter Creator Director
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • 2015
66% Mob City
Bugsy Siegel
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Chew
  • 2012
66% Entourage
Himself Guest
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Knights of Prosperity
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
  • 2005
96% The Wire
Producer Screenwriter
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
86% Generation Kill
Executive Producer