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Born: May 18, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Just Between Friends (1986) Director

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 Inside TV Land: The Pitch (2001) Interviewee
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Joined NBC as a member of its story department
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Wrote animated productions for Jay Ward Productions, including "Bullwinkle"
1964:
With Chris Hayward, created original concept for "The Munsters" (CBS)
1965:
Co-created the NBC sitcom "My Mother the Car" with Hayward
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Created and wrote "He & She" with Hayward; won first Emmy
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Served as story editor and script writer on "Get Smart" (CBS)
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Partnered with James L Brooks as writer-producer on "Room 222" (ABC)
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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
1974:
Created the spin-off sitcom "Rhoda" (CBS)
1974:
Created and wrote scripts for "Friends and Lovers", a CBS sitcom starring Paul Sand
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Created and co-executive produced "Lou Grant" a CBS drama series based on the character created for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
1979:
Earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for "A Little Romance"
1984:
Created the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Duck Factory", starring Jim Carrey
1986:
Feature directorial debut "Just Between Friends", starring Mary Tyler Moore; also produced and scripted
1988:
Created the CBS sitcom "Eisenhower & Lutz"; also executive produced and directed premiere
1989:
With Dan Wilcox, co-created the NBC sitcom "FM"; also executive produced and scripted
1993:
Created the CBS sitcom "Cutters"
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Education

University of Oregon: Eugene , Oregon - 1956

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wife:
Joan Burns.

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father:
Donald L Burns.
mother:
Pauline Burns.
son:
Eric Burns.
son:
Matthew Burns.
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