Jack Burns (II) (1933–2020)

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Appeared on the Andy Griffith show after Don Knotts departed. He played a bumbling deputy in the tradition of Barney Fife. After his partnership with George Carlin ended, he teamed with Avery Schreiber after meeting at Chicago's Second City comedy club. Jack appeared on Saturday Night Live In 1977 and turned to writing In in the 1980's. See full bio »

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 2003 The Pitts (TV Series)
Mysterious Man
- Squarewolves (2003) ... Mysterious Man
 1999 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Edward Christian
- Beyond Blunderdome (1999) ... Edward Christian (voice)
 1998 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
Jack Colgate
- The Loneliest Number (1998) ... Jack Colgate
 1998 Sour Grapes
 1985-1997 You Can Learn A Lot from A Dummy (TV Mini Series short)
- Crash Test Piñata (1997) ... Vince (voice)
- Pre-Crash Revised (1985) ... Vince (voice)
- Raise Your Hand (1985) ... Vince (voice)
 1995 Deadly Family Secrets (TV Movie)
Man #3
 1993-1995 Animaniacs (TV Series short)
Sid the Squid
- Deduces Wild/Rest in Piece/U.N. Me (1995) ... Sid the Squid (voice)
- Scare Happy Slappy/Witch One/Macbeth (1994) ... Sid the Squid (voice)
 1992 Double Vision (TV Movie)
Angry Cab Driver
 1991 Mother Goose and Grimm (TV Series)
- The Wickedest Witch/Motel Mutt (1991) ... (voice)
- Getaway Grimmy/Tail of a Puppet (1991) ... (voice)
 1991 Darkwing Duck (TV Series)
Police Officer / Bank President
- Easy Comes, Easy Grows (1991) ... Police Officer / Bank President (voice)
 1990 Sunday Pursuit (TV Short)
Taxi Driver
 1989 Ask Any Dummy: Seat Belts Make Sense! (Video short)
Vince (voice)
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Bud Stone
- Puppetman (1987) ... Bud Stone
 1985-1986 Brothers (TV Series)
Duke / Herbie the Hod Carrier
- Goodbye, Cliffie (1986) ... Duke
- A House Divided (1985) ... Herbie the Hod Carrier
 1980-1982 Fridays (TV Series)
- Episode #3.18 (1982)
- Episode #3.15 (1982)
- Episode #3.21 (1982)
- Episode #3.20 (1982)
- Episode #3.19 (1982)
 1972-1974 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (TV Series)
Ralph Kane
- Car 54 (1974) ... Ralph Kane (voice)
- Marriage Counselor (1974) ... Ralph Kane (voice)
- Model Alice (1974) ... Ralph Kane (voice)
- Maude Loves Papa (1974) ... Ralph Kane (voice)
- Don Knotts, the Beekeeper (1974) ... Ralph Kane (voice)
 1971-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Sam Sloan (segment "Love and the Opera Singer") / Dan (segment "Love and the Perfect Wife") / Ralph Kane (segment "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father") / ...
- Love and the Fortunate Cookie/Love and the Lady Prisoner/Love and the Opera Singer/Love and the Weighty Problem (1973) ... Sam Sloan (segment "Love and the Opera Singer") (as Burns and Schreiber)
- Love and the Know-It-All/Love and the Perfect Wife/Love and the Sensuous Twin/Love and the Triple Threat (1972) ... Dan (segment "Love and the Perfect Wife") (as Burns & Schreiber)
- Love and the Bachelor Party/Love and the Latin Lover/Love and the Old-Fashioned Father/Love and the Test of Manhood (1972) ... Ralph Kane (segment "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father") (voice)
- Love and the College Professor/Love and the Eyewitness/Love and the Lady Barber/Love and the Plumber (1971) ... Deputy Sheriff Preston Steele (segment "Love and the Eyewitness")
 1973 The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour (TV Series)
 1971-1972 Getting Together (TV Series)
Officer Rudy Colcheck
- Broken-Hearted Melody (1972) ... Officer Rudy Colcheck
- Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (1972) ... Officer Rudy Colcheck
- The Great Pretender (1971) ... Officer Rudy Colcheck
- Blue Christmas (1971) ... Officer Rudy Colcheck
- Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You (1971) ... Officer Rudy Colcheck
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Harry Phillips
- Good-bye, Arabella, Hello (1971) ... Harry Phillips
 1971 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Stillman Kelly
- Dora, Dora, Dora (1971) ... Stillman Kelly
 1970 Happy Days (TV Series)
Dance Marathon Host
- Episode #1.2 (1970) ... Dance Marathon Host
 1969 Hee Haw (TV Series)
The Governor
- Episode #1.13 (1969) ... The Governor (uncredited)
 1969 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Frank Donaldson
- The Spirit of the Law (1969) ... Frank Donaldson
 1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (TV Series)
Parent in PTA meeting
- Jeannie C. Riley & The Monkees (1969) ... Parent in PTA meeting
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's
Candy Butcher
 1968 Premiere (TV Series)
- Operation Greasepaint (1968) ... Minihane
 1966 Occasional Wife (TV Series)
Sgt. Krock
- GP Loves UU (1966) ... Sgt. Krock
 1965-1966 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Deputy Warren Ferguson / Warren Ferguson
- Wyatt Earp Rides Again (1966) ... Deputy Warren Ferguson
- Lost and Found (1966) ... Warren Ferguson
- The Legend of Barney Fife (1966) ... Deputy Warren Ferguson
- Otis the Artist (1966) ... Warren Ferguson
- Girl Shy (1965) ... Warren Ferguson
 1964 Goldstein
Truck Driver / Policeman
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Show Show Producer (9 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album (w/George Carlin): "At the Playboy Club Tonight: Burns and Carlin" (ERA Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

Burns & Schreiber | Burns and Schreiber


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Violet Ruth Torre  (divorced)



Did You Know?


Started out in stand-up as one-half of the comedy team "Burns & Carlin" with George Carlin. After the duo broke up, Jack went on to become a member of the famed Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, where he met Avery Schreiber. He and Schreiber would perform as a comedy team for several years before Jack would go on to become the head writer on the first season of The Muppet Show (1976). See more »


In his act, he would ask a question, then say "Hunh" several times after hearing the answer.

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