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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameJames Edward Burrows
Nickname Jimmy

Mini Bio (1)

James Burrows was born on December 30, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA as James Edward Burrows. He is a director and producer, known for Will & Grace (1998), Cheers (1982) and Taxi (1978). He has been married to Debbie Easton since 1997. He was previously married to Linda Solomon.

Spouse (2)

Debbie Easton (1997 - present)
Linda Solomon (17 July 1981 - 1993) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Conversations that involves frequent movement
Rapid change of expressions
Unseen Characters

Trivia (13)

Son of playwright/director Abe Burrows, cousin of Jonathan Burrows.
He and TV director George Schaefer are tied at 15 each for the most nominations ever received from the Directors Guild of America.
Even though he became very wealthy from his work in television, he once said in an interview that he continues to direct situation comedy episodes on a freelance basis because it is what he loves to do.
Formed Charles Burrows Charles Productions with writer-producers Glen Charles and Les Charles in 1982 to produce Cheers (1982).
Graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 1962. Received a masters degree in theater from Yale University in 1965.
Has been nominated for an Emmy Award for directing a comedy episode 24 times in 26 years, one nomination every year since 1980, excluding 1997 and 2004. He has won (as director) 5 times.
On several television series he's worked on, the spouse of a main character is never actually seen by the audience. They are Norm Peterson's wife Vera (Cheers (1982)), Niles Crane's wife Maris (Frasier (1993)) and Karen Walker's husband Stanley (Will & Grace (1998)), Phylis Lynstrom's husband Lars (Mary Tyler Moore (1970)). Although not spouses, Carlton the Doorman on Rhoda (1974) and Louie De Palma's mother on Taxi (1978) were never seen. However, Louie's mother appeared in two episodes in 1981 in which she remarries. She was played by Julia DeVito, the mother of Danny DeVito, who played Louie.
Father of Ellie Burrows.
Older brother of Laurie Burrows Grad.
Brother-in-law of Peter Grad.
Has directed over 30 Pilots for TV.
Among his most successful series he directed was Cheers (1982), which was set in a bar. His father Abe Burrows was a writer for radio in the 1930s, and one of his most successful series was "Duffy's Tavern", which was also set in a bar.

Personal Quotes (1)

I'll tell you what I love about directing: the surprise. You never know what's going to happen with your piece until an audience weighs in. You may think that you know what will be funny as shit but then a group of bused-in Middle Americans says is is shit and you're shaking your head in dismay. This surprise I find exhilarating and scary--and I love it.

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