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Also Known As: Edward Burns, Edward Fitzgerald Burns, Edward J. Burns Jr. Died:
Born: January 29, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Valley Stream, New York, USA Profession: director, actor, screenwriter, producer, production assistant, busboy, van driver

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Like Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Allison Anders, actor-writer-director Edward Burns rose to prominence during the indie film boom of the mid-1990s on the strength of his debut film, "The Brothers McMullen" (1995). A thoughtful, good-natured comedy-drama about three Irish-Catholic siblings, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and established Burns as a director on the rise. Unfortunately, some of his subsequent efforts, which included "She's The One" (1996), "Sidewalks of New York" (2001) and "Nice Guy Johnny" (2010) felt like rehashes of "McMullen" in their wordiness and low-wattage conflicts. Burns also enjoyed an occasional side career as an actor, most notably in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), but his tenacity and dedication to intimate dramas - for better or worse - were his calling cards for his decade-plus career.

Like Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Allison Anders, actor-writer-director Edward Burns rose to prominence during the indie film boom of the mid-1990s on the strength of his debut film, "The Brothers McMullen" (1995). A thoughtful, good-natured comedy-drama about three Irish-Catholic siblings, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and established Burns as a director on the rise. Unfortunately, some of his subsequent efforts, which included "She's The One" (1996), "Sidewalks of New York" (2001) and "Nice Guy Johnny" (2010) felt like rehashes of "McMullen" in their wordiness and low-wattage conflicts. Burns also enjoyed an occasional side career as an actor, most notably in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), but his tenacity and dedication to intimate dramas - for better or worse - were his calling cards for his decade-plus career.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Newlyweds (2011)
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  Ash Wednesday (2002) Director
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  Sidewalks of New York (2001) Director
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  No Looking Back (1998) Director
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  She's The One (1996) Director
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  Brothers McMullen, The (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Kingdom Come (2012)
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 Alex Cross (2012)
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 Newlyweds (2011)
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 Nice Guy Johnny (2010)
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 Purple Violets (2008)
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 One Missed Call (2008)
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 27 Dresses (2008)
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 Groomsmen, The (2006)
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 Holiday, The (2006)
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Raised in Woodside, Queens and Valley Stream, NY
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Worked as a production assistant and van driver for "Entertainment Tonight" until January 1995
1994:
Shot first feature "The Brothers McMullen" over the course of eight months
1995:
After winning the Grand Prize at Sundance, sold the film to 20th Century Fox's Searchlight Pictures
1996:
Helmed second feature, "She's the One"; also scripted and starred alongside Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz
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Formed Irish Twin Productions and signed a two-year development deal with Fox Television
1998:
Directed and wrote third feature, the romantic comedy "No Looking Back"
1998:
Co-starred with Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"
2001:
Played a cop alongside Robert De Niro in "15 Minutes"
2001:
With brother Brian, executive produced the NBC sitcom "The Fighting Fitzgeralds"
2001:
Wrote, directed and starred in the romantic comedy "Sidewalks of New York"
2002:
Wrote an episode for the HBO drama series "The Wire"; episode was nominated for an NAACP Image Award
2003:
Starred as a con artist in the drama "Confidence"
2004:
Premiered "Looking for Kitty" at the Tribeca Film Festiva; produced, directed and co-starred (released in 2006)
2005:
Played a love interest for Grace (Debra Messing) on NBC's "Will & Grace"
2006:
Guest starred as himself on several episodes of the HBO series "Entourage" where he worked with Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) on a television show
2006:
Wrote, directed and co-starred as an apprehensive groom in "The Groomsmen"
2007:
Helmed the romantic comedy "Purple Violets," in which he co-starred with Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson; was the first feature film to be released and distributed by iTunes
2008:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses" opposite Katherine Heigl
2010:
Wrote, directed, and produced the romantic comedy "Nice Guy Johnny"; also acted in film
2011:
Played a newly married man opposite Caitlin Fitzgerald in the romantic relationship drama "Newlyweds"; also wrote, directed, and produced
2012:
Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"
2012:
Cast in the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids," written and directed by co-star Jennifer Westfeldt
2012:
Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel <i>Cross</i> by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry
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Education

State University of New York at Oneonta: Oneonta , New York -
State University of New York at Albany: Albany , New York -
Hunter College: New York , New York - 1992

Notes

When asked if which he preferred, acting or directing and why, Edward Burns replied: "By far my favorite is the writing. It's the only part of the process that isn't collaborative, and you don't need anyone else's money to do it." --From an interactive chat at www.usatoday.com, November 19, 2001.

"He's more than a flash in the pan. He's an original talent with a voice and a vision, and he has a strong personal center. Because of that, I don't think he'll be affected by the glamour, the oversophisticated stuff. He's going to be around." --Robert Redford on Burns to Us, September 1996.

"I'm an Irish-American kid who got to make films, and I like to write about the people I know. The backgrounds of the characters are autobiographical. But it's not my family. I know characters similar to most of the charcters I write about. But it's not really my family or my life." --Edward Burns in Us, September 1996.

"If all goes well, I'll be making films for the rest of my life, so I don't feel the need to make my hundred-million dollar box-office classic right now. I've made two movies. I don't know a fucking thing about filmmaking. Ten years from now, when I've made another ten movies, maybe I'll have the chops to make a great film." --Burns quoted in Interview, July 1996.

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companion:
Maxine Bahns. Actor. Met in 1989; appeared in "The Brothers McMullen" and "She's the One"; reportedly planned to marry in 1997; separated in March 1997.
companion:
Lauren Holly. Actor. Began relationship during filming of "No Looking Back"; both claim to be "just buddies".
companion:
Heather Graham. Actor. Dated from 1998 until spring 2000.
companion:
Christy Turlington. Model. Born c. 1968; dating from c. September 2000; engaged as of early 2001; wedding had been scheduled for October 2001 in Italy but was postponed because of world events; separated in early 2002; reconciled in March 2003; married June 7, 2003.
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father:
Edward J Burns Sr. Retired police sergeant. Credited as one of the excutive producers of "The Brothers McMullen".
mother:
Molly Burns. Works for the Federal Aviation Administration; served as caterer on "Brothers McMullen".
sister:
Mary Burns. Born c. 1963; mother of three.
brother:
Brian Burns. Producer, screenwriter, director. Born c. February 1969.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Three Screenplays"

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