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Edward Burns



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Culture High
  • Actor
2014
64% The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Gerry Fitzgerald
2012
11% Alex Cross
  • Thomas Kane
2012
66% Friends With Kids
  • Kurt
2012
31% Man on a Ledge
  • Jack Dougherty
2012
70% Newlyweds
  • Producer
  • Buzzy
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Nice Guy Johnny
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Uncle Terry
2010
0% Echelon Conspiracy
  • John Reed
2009
41% 27 Dresses
  • George
2008
0% One Missed Call
  • Jack Andrews
2008
No Score Yet Purple Violets
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Michael Murphy
  • Director
2007
47% The Holiday
  • Ethan
2006
52% The Groomsmen
  • Director
  • Paulie
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2006
No Score Yet The River King
  • Abel Grey
2005
6% A Sound of Thunder
  • Dr. Travis Ryer
2005
30% Flight of the Phoenix
  • Screenwriter
2004
No Score Yet The Breakup Artist
  • Himself
2004
35% Looking for Kitty
  • Producer
  • Jack Stanton
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2004
70% Confidence
  • Jake Vig
2003
27% Ash Wednesday
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2002
28% Life or Something Like It
  • Pete
2002
No Score Yet Lethargy
  • Actor
2002
57% Sidewalks of New York
  • Tommy
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2001
33% 15 Minutes
  • Jordy Warsaw
2001
92% Saving Private Ryan
  • Pvt. Reiben
1998
38% 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
91% The Brothers McMullen
  • Executive Producer
  • Barry
  • Director
  • Producer
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Chris Pappas
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • Himself
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
81% Public Morals
2015
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Creator
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Terry Muldoon
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
66% Mob City
2013
  • Bugsy Siegel
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Nick
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest

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