Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Highest Rated: 100% Two Who Dared: The Sharp's War (2016)

Lowest Rated: 92% The Central Park Five (2012)

Birthday: Jul 29, 1953

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Celebrated American documentarian of the 1980s and 90s who gradually amassed a considerable reputation and a devoted audience with a series of reassuringly traditional meditations on Americana. Burns' works are treasure troves of archival materials; he skillfully utilizes period music and footage, photographs, periodicals, and ordinary people's correspondence, the latter often movingly read by seasoned professional actors in a deliberate attempt to get away from a "Great Man" approach to history. Like most non-fiction filmmakers, Burns wears many hats on his projects, variously serving as a writer, cinematographer, editor, and music director in addition to producing and directing. He achieved his apotheosis with "The Civil War" (PBS, 1990), a phenomenally popular 11-hour documentary that won two Emmys and broke all previous ratings records for public TV. The series' companion coffee table book--priced at a hefty $50--sold more than 700,000 copies. The audio version, narrated by Burns, was also a major best-seller. In the final accounting, "The Civil War" became the first documentary to gross over $100 million. Not surprisingly, it has become perennial fundraising programming for public TV stations around the country.

Highest rated movies

Ken Burns: The Civil War

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 60% The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science Director - 2018
100% 73% Two Who Dared: The Sharp's War Director,
Executive Producer
- 2016
100% No Score Yet Ken Burns: The Civil War Unknown (Character),
Director
- 2015
No Score Yet 60% The Address Director - 2014
92% 86% The Central Park Five Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
$273.7K 2012
No Score Yet 94% The Tenth Inning Director - 2010
No Score Yet 97% Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip Director - 2003
No Score Yet 70% Mark Twain Director,
Producer,
Cinematographer
- 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs Director - 2000
No Score Yet 88% Not For Ourselves Alone Director - 1999
No Score Yet 87% Frank Lloyd Wright Director,
Producer,
Cinematographer
- 1998
No Score Yet 86% Thomas Jefferson Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thomas Hart Benton Director,
Producer
- 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Huey Long Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Statue of Liberty Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn Bridge Director,
Producer
- 1981

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muhammad Ali Director 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2019-2021 2016-2017 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet 60 Minutes Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2020-2021
93% 80% Hemingway Producer,
Director
2021
No Score Yet 42% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2021 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CNN Special Report Unknown (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kalb Report Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gene: An Intimate History Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Craft in America Guest 2019
100% No Score Yet College Behind Bars Executive Producer 2019
88% 97% Country Music Director,
Producer
2019
85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2019 2011-2012 2003
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Megyn Kelly Today Guest 2018
96% 95% The Vietnam War Director 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2016 2014 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ken Burns American Lives Director 2016 2005 2002-2003 1997-1999
100% 30% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2016
100% No Score Yet Jackie Robinson Director 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Overheard With Evan Smith Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2015
86% 83% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2014
100% 100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Director 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2013-2014 2007
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2014 2009-2012 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dust Bowl Director 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The National Parks: America's Best Idea Producer,
Writer
2012 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prohibition Director 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Executive Producer,
Producer,
Director
2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jazz Director 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The West Executive Producer 1996

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