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This article is about the actor-director born in 1968; for other people with the same name, see Edward Burns (disambiguation).
Edward Burns
Born Edward J. Burns, Jr.
January 29, 1968 (1968-01-29) (age 42)
Woodside, Queens, New York, United States
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Christy Turlington (2003-present)

Edward J. Burns, Jr. (born January 29, 1968) is an American actor, film producer, writer and director.


Early life

Burns was born in Woodside, Queens, New York, the son of Molly (née McKenna), a federal agency manager, and Edward J. Burns, Sr., a public relations spokesman and police officer.[1] He is the second of three children (with siblings Mary and Brian) in an Irish American family. He was raised in Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island.[2] He briefly attended Chaminade High School before transferring to Hewlett High School. After high school, Burns attended SUNY Oneonta, and SUNY Albany, before receiving a degree in English from Hunter College in 1992.


Burns got his start in the film industry right after college as a production assistant on the Oliver Stone film, The Doors. While working as a gofer at Entertainment Tonight, he financed, produced, directed and starred in his first film The Brothers McMullen in his spare time, which was largely shot in his hometown of Valley Stream. Once he completed the film, he was able to get a copy to Robert Redford after an ET junket interview for Quiz Show at the Rhiga Royal Hotel in Manhattan. In 1996, Burns wrote, directed and starred in the ensemble drama She's The One with Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Amanda Peet, as well as Sidewalks of New York in 2001.

Burns is also known for his acting work on movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Confidence and Life or Something Like It. Looking for Kitty (2004), which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, was shot with a hand-held $3,000 digital Panasonic AG-DVX100 camera with a Mini35 adapter. The film's entire budget was $200,000[3][4] and was filmed in New York City with a tiny crew and without standard permits. Burns discussed this unusual film-making process in the director's commentary on the DVD and wrote in the Director's Letter "If you are an aspiring filmmaker, in this day of inflating budgets and runaway production, the truth is you can make a movie for no money in New York... and have a blast".[citation needed]

His film Purple Violets premiered exclusively on iTunes on November 20, 2007. Burns began a string of guest appearances on the HBO original series Entourage mid-way through season 3, as well as appearing as Grace Adler's boyfriend in Will & Grace. Burns plays himself and is writing a new TV series which Johnny Drama is able to land a part in. In 2007, Burns announced plans to partner with Virgin Comics to create a series entitled Dock Walloper.[5] Burns plans to use the comic series as a springboard to a film of the same story.

In March of 2009, The Lynch Pin, a series of shorts starring, written and directed by Burns were released via the internet.[6] The ten episodes are only available to view online as of August 2009 and future plans for the project are unknown.

Personal life

Burns is married to model Christy Turlington and has two children, Grace (2003) and Finn (2006).





  1. ^ Edward Burns Biography (1968-)
  2. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. "A Sort of Cinderella Prevails at Sundance", The New York Times, January 30, 1995. Accessed October 10, 2007. "Mr. Burns's parents encouraged him to write years ago; his mother, a film buff, watches Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" twice a month."
  3. ^ Looking For Kitty - DVD
  4. ^ DVDVerdict
  5. ^ Ed Burns Is Into "Dock"-ing (July 27th 2007)
  6. ^ http://www.goldenharp.net/index.html

External links


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Edward Burns, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

  • "The most likely reason for the adoption of a relatively small number of discrete intervals as the tonal material for music is that discretization or categorization is a typical, if not universal, strategy used by animals in order to reduce information overload and facilitate processing when subjected to the high-information-conetent signals and/or high information rates from a highly developed sensory system (e.g., Estes, 1972; Terhardt, 1991). An obvious example is the processing of speech information by humans, wherein each language selects a relatively small portion of the available timbral-differences that can be produced by the vocal tract as information-carrying units (phonemes) in the language. A related reason for discrete scales, and another obvious analogy with speech perception, lies in the social aspect of music. Music first developed as, and still largely remains, a social phenomenon associated with religious or other rituals that, like language, necessitated an easily remembered common framework."
    • Burns, Edward M. (1999). "Intervals, Scales, and Tuning", 'The Psychology of Music second edition, p.218. Deutsch, Diana, ed. San Diego: Academic Press. ISBN 0122135644

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