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Date of Birth 18 June 1955Schenectady, New York, USA

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Born on June 18, 1955 and raised in Schenectady, New York, Kevin Burns developed his love for television and films at an early age. He also displayed a unique and impressive talent for mimicry and drawing cartoons and caricature. It was this love for drawing that helped attract the attention of his childhood idol, Fred Gwynne (of "Munsters" TV fame). After viewing samples of Burns' early work, Gwynne began a correspondence that helped fuel the young boy's enthusiasm and confidence.

In 1972, Burns received a National Scholastic award for art and by his Senior year in high school, was already working as a free lance commercial artist. His client list included IBM, General Electric and Warren Publications.

After graduating from Niskayuna High School in 1973, Burns attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. There, he majored in both History and English Literature. Burns also served as president of one of the college's fraternities (Delta Phi).

Graduating from Hamilton with honors in 1977, Burns eagerly enrolled in the graduate film program at Boston University's College of Communication. In 1981, he earned a Masters Degree with the completion of his first film, I Remember Barbra (1981), a humorous and slightly irreverent documentary short which profiled Barbra Streisand's native Brooklyn. The film was a critical hit, and earned numerous awards - including a Documentary Achievement Award for Student Filmmaking from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Armed with a "Student Oscar", Burns made the rounds at the Hollywood studios. Within a year he was signed by the William Morris Agency and had two projects optioned and in development. Nevertheless, the fledgling filmmaker opted to remain in Boston, where he taught courses in undergraduate and graduate film production at both Boston University and Emerson College.

In 1987, Burns was appointed Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Film Production at Boston University. He was also the Director of the Boston University Film Unit (which he had been heading since 1981), a student staffed production company that serviced non-profit and public service clients.

After the sudden death of his father in 1988, Burns decided the time had come to seek his fortune in Los Angeles. Within weeks of leaving Boston, he was offered a management position in the Creative Services department of 20th Century Fox Domestic Television (now, Twentieth Television). Moving to Beverly Hills, he spent the next four years writing, producing and directing hundreds of sales marketing videos and on-air promos for the studio.

In 1993, Burns co-founded Foxstar Productions, a TV Movie production unit at 20th Century Fox Television. As Senior Vice President of Production, Burns served as the co-executive producer on the first three of what became a highly successful series of five 'Alien Nation' MOWs (all directed by Kenneth Johnson).

Seeking to broaden Foxstar's client base and revenue potential, Burns formed Van Ness Films, Inc. in October, 1994. As Executive Producer for all Van Ness programs (as well as occasional writer and director), Burns' client list soon included A&E (Biography (1987)), AMC, The Sci-Fi Channel, Fox Family Channel and USA Network. Within three years, Van Ness became one of the premier producers of television for cable, contributing nearly 65 hours of programming per year.

In 1999, Burns retired from his executive position at Foxstar (then, a subsidiary of Fox Television Studios) in order to form Prometheus Entertainment. As President of Prometheus, Burns continued to work closely with Foxstar and broadened its production slate to include both reality and scripted programming.

Also in 1999, Burns formed Synthesis Entertainment with producer 'Jon Jashni' in an effort to administrate and develop television and film franchises based on the works of acclaimed film and television producer, 'Irwin Allen' (e.g., 'Lost in Space', 'The Land of the Giants', and 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea').

In 2002, Burns and Jashni executive produced a Fox Network pilot for a new The Time Tunnel (2006) series. The team also developed a two hour TV Movie/back door pilot for a new "Lost in Space" series, based on an original story by Burns. In 2006, Burns and Jashni served as Executive Producers, along with Sheila Allen (I), of 'Poseidon' (2006) directed by 'Wolfgang Petersen'.

In August of 2002, Burns received an Emmy Award as Executive Producer of A&E's Biography (1987) series. (He has, to date, personally supervised more than 150 episodes of the critically-acclaimed series.)

In recent years, Burns has continued to produce high-profile documentaries for television, including "Empire of Dreams: the Story of the Star Wars Trilogy" (2004), 'Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman' (2006), 'Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed'(2007) (which earned three Emmy nominations), 'The Valkyrie Legacy' (2008), and 'Ancient Aliens'(2009).

His recent series include, Animal Icons (2004), Hollywood Science (2006), The Girls Next Door (2005) and Kendra (2009)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

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Has the world's largest collection of "The Munsters" memorabilia.

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