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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 15, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, lifeguard, cab driver

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A journeyman character actor, Jere Burns made his initial mark as the ultra-smarmy, unabashedly sexist wolf of the situation comedy "Dear John" (NBC, 1988-92). Burns' angular features and Rasputin-intense gaze led to an early-career niche in unsavory one-off and recurring television roles in the 1980s, but he would put a gleefully lecherous spin on unsavory in his breakthrough role of Kirk Morris on "Dear John." From that success, he would become comic foil on a succession of ultra-short-lived comedies such as "Bob" (CBS, 1992-93), "The Mommies" (NBC, 1994-95) and "Surviving Suburbia" (2009), as well as two seasons of the office ensemble "Good Morning, Miami" (NBC, 2002-04). In 1996, he took a rare lead on the family comedy "Something So Right" (NBC/ABC, 1996-98). Burns worked regularly along the way in dramatic one-off roles. In 2010, he seemed to begin a new phase, breaking away from sitcoms to effect colorful, scene-stealing supporting roles on some of cable's best-regarded dramas: a drug rehab group leader on "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2009- ), a vicious Southern criminal on "Justified" (FX, 2010- ), and an ever scheming member of a beyond-the-law syndicate on "Burn Notice" (USA, 2007- ). Still best...

A journeyman character actor, Jere Burns made his initial mark as the ultra-smarmy, unabashedly sexist wolf of the situation comedy "Dear John" (NBC, 1988-92). Burns' angular features and Rasputin-intense gaze led to an early-career niche in unsavory one-off and recurring television roles in the 1980s, but he would put a gleefully lecherous spin on unsavory in his breakthrough role of Kirk Morris on "Dear John." From that success, he would become comic foil on a succession of ultra-short-lived comedies such as "Bob" (CBS, 1992-93), "The Mommies" (NBC, 1994-95) and "Surviving Suburbia" (2009), as well as two seasons of the office ensemble "Good Morning, Miami" (NBC, 2002-04). In 1996, he took a rare lead on the family comedy "Something So Right" (NBC/ABC, 1996-98). Burns worked regularly along the way in dramatic one-off roles. In 2010, he seemed to begin a new phase, breaking away from sitcoms to effect colorful, scene-stealing supporting roles on some of cable's best-regarded dramas: a drug rehab group leader on "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 2009- ), a vicious Southern criminal on "Justified" (FX, 2010- ), and an ever scheming member of a beyond-the-law syndicate on "Burn Notice" (USA, 2007- ). Still best remembered as Judd Hirsch's arch-nemesis Kirk Morris, Burns nevertheless showed a chameleon-like penchant for reinventing himself with every new character in a variety of mediums.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Prom (2011)
2.
3.
 Mother Ghost (2002)
4.
 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) Arnan Rothman
5.
 Life-Size (2000) Ben Mitchell
6.
 Road Rage (1999) Eddie Madden
7.
 My Giant (1998) Weller
8.
 Santa Fe (1997) Dan
9.
 Secret She Carried, The (1996) Lewis Snow
10.
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1974:
After high school, bummed around Europe and worked as a lifeguard and cab driver before starting college
1981:
Made Off-Broadway debut in "Don Juan" (date approximate)
1984:
Had early TV role in Afterschool Special, "Mom's On Strike"
1985:
Moved to Los Angeles; played unrepentant rapist on "Hill Street Blues" episodes
1986:
Made feature film debut, "Touch and Go"
1987:
Had recurring role on "Max Headroom"
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Played Kirk Morris on the NBC sitcom "Dear John
1991:
Co-starred in miniseries "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns"
1993:
Joined cast of CBS sitcom "Bob"
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Joined cast of NBC sitcom "The Mommies"
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Starred as Mel Harris' husband in "Something So Right" (NBC, 1996-1997; ABC, 1997-98)
2001:
Acted on stage opposite Susan Blakely in premiere of play "Diva"
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Education

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University: New York , New York -
University of Massachusetts at Amherst: Amherst , Massachusetts - 1980

Notes

Burns' first name is pronounced "Jerry"

"I always think that people must be so relieved to meet Jere and see how intelligent and easygoing he is. It's so different from what they see on television."--Burns' wife Melissa quoted in PEOPLE, c. 1990

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wife:
Melissa Burns. Married in 1982; after birth of Gillian; divorced in 1996.

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daughter:
Gillian Burns. Born 1982.
son:
Jake Burns. Born c. 1984.
son:
Luke Burns. Born c. 1986.

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