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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 January 1968Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
Birth NameEdward Fitzgerald Burns
Nickname Eddie
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edward Burns was born on January 28th 1968 in Woodside, Queens New York. The second of three children of Irish-Catholic immigrants. His father Edward J. Burns was a police sergeant and active spokesperson for the New York Police Dept. His mother, Molly, worked for the Federal Aviation Administration at Kennedy Airport. Edward, along with his older sister Mary and brother Brian were raised in Long Island. He attended Catholic Chaminade High School before transferring to a public high school. He went on to attend The State University of New York at Albany and Oneonta College in New York to major in English literature. During his junior year he transferred to Hunter College in Manhattan, studied filmmaking and began writing the first of many short films.

Upon graduating, and through his father's connections, he secured a job at Entertainment Tonight (1981) (TV) in 1993 working at as a "go-fer". There he was able to finance and begin working on The Brothers McMullen (1995), a comedy focusing on the trials and tribulations facing three Irish-Catholic siblings. It was shot primarily in his parents' Long Island home with a cast of unknowns including Burns himself and his then-girlfriend Maxine Bahns. The feature was filmed over eight months' time with a reported budget of only $ 30,000. Rejected by a series of distributors, The Brothers McMullen (1995) bowed at Sundance, after Burns had given Robert Redford a copy of the film while working on ET. In 1995 his film won the festival's Grand Jury Prize, becoming one of the most successful independent efforts of the year. He then sold the film to 20th Century Fox's Searchlight Pictures.

For his follow-up Burn's wrote and directed She's the One (1996), which retained much of McMullen's cast and crew, including girlfriend Maxine. He was also able to cast up-and-coming stars Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz in pivotal roles, with original music from rocker Petty, Tom. Filmed with a larger budget of almost $3 million, the romantic comedy successfully premiered during the summer of 1996 . Burns soon began work on his third feature, _No Looking Back_, a romantic drama set in a coastal town's working-class community. Burn's career seemed to be flourishing, but his personal relationship with Bahns, to whom he became engaged, ended after eight years. During filming of No Looking Back (1998), there were reported romantic sightings with Burns and his co-star Lauren Holly. The relationship seemed to end when the film was released in 1998. That same year, Burns co-starred in the Steven Spielberg World War II epic Saving Private Ryan (1998). After that pivotal role in one of the greatest films of all time, Burns continued a good year, and a new relationship with Heather Graham. In an interview with USA Weekly Magazine, Heather stated they met in a bar in LA, exchanged numbers and had numerous conversations. Burns then flew back to New York and she flew to east to see him a month later. Soon after Burns and Heather were seen at many premieres and events. It was also reported that couple was living together. But their relationship ended after two years. Although they were dating during the filming of his next project 15 Minutes (2001) starring along side Robert De Niro, Burns attended the premiere with none other than Christy Turlington. While his next few films did not make much of a dent in the box office including his film Sidewalks of New York (2001), which co-starred Heather Graham. His relationship with Christy was getting hot and heavy. The couple got engaged in 2001. It was then reported their engagement was called off, but the couple reunited after a 7-month split. Burns and Christy finally married on June 7, 2003 and welcomed their first child Grace, later that year Grace, on October 25. Burns' most recent projects include writing and directing The Groomsmen (2006) and Purple Violets (2007). He welcomed his second child, son Finn, (Feb/2006) with wife Christy.

Burns is committed to writing and directing his own films. He's not affected by his futile work and continues his own projects with poise. Tackling touchy relationship subjects and pioneering real-life matters. With his panoply of Woody Allen -like films, there is no doubt Edward Burns will continue to dazzle us with his undeniable talent while gaining the recognition he deserves as a great writer and director.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jurisprudence

Spouse (1)

Christy Turlington (7 June 2003 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (7)

He always includes references to Long Island, New York
Frequently collaborates with Max Baker, Dennis Farina, Kerry Bishé, Michael McGlone, and 'David Krumholtz' (I).
Use of handheld cameras
Often makes movies about Irish-Americans
Frequently employs musician 'P. T. Walkley' as composer for his films.
Frequently cast as cops or special investigators ("One Missed Call", "Man On A Ledge", etc.)
Surprisingly high-pitched yet husky voice

Trivia (7)

Owns two production companies. One with brother Brian Burns: "Irish Twins". The other is called "Marlboro Road Gang Films", named for the road in Long Island that he grew up on.
Has a degree in English from Hunter College, where fellow actors Vin Diesel and Sam Feuer, attended. All three got their big break from Steven Spielberg.
Purchased the Manhattan loft on N. Moore Street of the late Kennedy, Jr, John F. for over $2 million in 2000.
Got his role in Life or Something Like It (2002) after Edward Norton dropped out of the project.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film A Sound of Thunder (2005), however, he failed to receive a nomination.
Grew up in Valley Stream, New York, as did actors Steve Buscemi, James Martin Kelly, and Larry Miller.
Was reportedly offered several studio scripts to direct before deciding to continue his independent film career with Nice Guy Johnny (2010).

Personal Quotes (10)

I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt. Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.
(On his fourth writing/directing effort, the Sidewalks of New York (2001)): "I hope people watch this movie and still see New York as the greatest city in the world. I certainly do".
[on why he makes films about Irish-Americans] "I feel Irish-Americans are the forgotten minority group. Nobody else is making films about them. You have Woody Allen and Paul Mazursky making films about Jewish-Americans, you have Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola making films about Italian-Americans and you have Spike Lee and John Singleton making films about African-Americans. Who is making films about Irish-Americans?".
If these new revenue streams weren't being uncovered, I know I would be out of business.
Newlyweds shooting budget: 5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can. We only shot 12 days. That's how to make an independent film.
I went hat in hand to the money guys for years. Just couldn't do it anymore. Decided to write smaller stories and never looked back.
You make a movie for 9k for the freedom it allows you.
[on Saving Private Ryan (1998)] When your first experience of acting for somebody else is Steven Spielberg, you learn to observe. I certainly knew I wasn't going to be offering any advice. I just sat back and watched him work.
[on working with director Rob Cohen on 'Alex Cross'] Rob loves to shoot action and that's the stuff I don't do. But you never know when you're going to need it, so I was happy we got along, because I was looking over his shoulder a lot.
[on performing with Rachel Nichols] The first thing we shot was our bedroom scene. It was like, 'Hey, how are you? Let's get naked.' It was good to get that out of the way early in the shoot.

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