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Celebrated American documentarian who gradually amassed a considerable reputation and a devoted audience with a series of reassuringly traditional meditations on Americana. Burns' works are treasure troves of archival materials; he skillfully utilizes period music and footage, photographs, periodicals and ordinary people's correspondence, the ... See full bio »

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(2012)
The Civil War Producer
(1990)
Brooklyn Bridge Producer
(1981)
Baseball Producer
(1994-2010)

Filmography

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 2022 The U.S. and the Holocaust (TV Mini Series documentary) (producer - 3 episodes)
- Yearning to Breathe Free (1938-1942) (2022) ... (producer)
- The Golden Door (Beginnings-1938) (2022) ... (producer)
 2022 Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (TV Series) (executive producer - 2 episodes)
- Resilience (2022) ... (executive producer)
- The Storm (2022) ... (executive producer)
 2022 Benjamin Franklin (TV Series documentary) (producer - 2 episodes)
- An American (1775-1790) (2022) ... (producer)
- Join or Die (1706-1774) (2022) ... (producer)
  Muhammad Ali (TV Mini Series documentary) (producer - 3 episodes, 2021) (executive producer - 1 episode, 2021)
- Round Three: The Rivalry (1970-1974) (2021) ... (producer)
- Round Two: What's My Name? (1964-1970) (2021) ... (producer)
- Round One: The Greatest (1942-1964) (2021) ... (executive producer)
 2021 Hemingway (TV Mini Series documentary) (producer - 3 episodes)
- The Blank Page (1944-1961) (2021) ... (producer)
- The Avatar (1929-1944) (2021) ... (producer)
- A Writer (1899-1929) (2021) ... (producer)
 2020 Ken Burns Presents: The Gene (TV Series documentary) (executive producer)
 2020 East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2019 College Behind Bars (TV Series documentary) (executive producer)
 2019 Country Music (TV Mini Series documentary) (producer - 8 episodes)
- I Can't Stop Loving You (1953 - 1963) (2019) ... (producer)
- The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 - 1953) (2019) ... (producer)
 2019 Country Music: Live at the Ryman - A Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns (TV Special) (executive producer) / (producer)
 2017 Walden (Documentary short) (executive producer)
 2017 The Vietnam War (TV Mini Series documentary) (producer - 10 episodes)
- Things Fall Apart (January-June 1968) (2017) ... (producer)
 2016 Krebs: Eine Biografie (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer)
 2016 Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (Documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
  Jackie Robinson (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 2 episodes, 2016) (producer - 2 episodes, 2016)
- Jackie Robinson: Part Two (2016) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Jackie Robinson: Part One (2016) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2015 Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- Finding an Achilles Heel (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Ep Two: The Blind Men and the Elephant (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Magic Bullets (2015) ... (executive producer)
  The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 5 episodes, 2014) (producer - 3 episodes, 2014)
- The Common Cause (1939-1944) (2014) ... (executive producer)
- The Rising Road (1933-1939) (2014) ... (executive producer)
- The Storm (1920-1933) (2014) ... (executive producer)
- The Fire of Life (1910-1919) (2014) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- In the Arena (1901-1910) (2014) ... (producer)
  The Dust Bowl (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 4 episodes, 2012) (producer - 2 episodes, 2012)
- The Hardy Ones (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Reaping the Whirlwind (2012) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Dust to Eat (2012) ... (executive producer)
- The Great Plow Up (2012) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2012 The Central Park Five (Documentary) (executive producer: Florentine Films) / (producer)
  Prohibition (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 2 episodes, 2011) (producer - 1 episode, 2011)
- A Nation of Hypocrites (2011) ... (executive producer)
- A Nation of Scofflaws (2011) ... (executive producer)
- A Nation of Drunkards (2011) ... (producer)
  Baseball (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 9 episodes, 1994) (producer - 3 episodes, 1994 - 2010)
- The Tenth Inning: Bottom of the Tenth (2010) ... (producer)
- The Tenth Inning: Top of the Tenth (2010) ... (producer)
- Home (1994) ... (executive producer)
- A Whole New Ballgame (1994) ... (executive producer)
- The Capital of Baseball (1994) ... (executive producer)
  The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 6 episodes, 2009) (producer - 6 episodes, 2009)
- The Morning of Creation: 1946-1980 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Going Home: 1920-1933 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Empire of Grandeur: 1915-1919 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Last Refuge: 1890-1915 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2008 Medal of Honor (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
  The War (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 7 episodes, 2007) (producer - 7 episodes, 2007)
- A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Pride of Our Nation: June 1944 - August 1944 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- A Deadly Calling: November 1943 - June 1944 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2003 Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 2001 Mark Twain (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 2001 Jazz (TV Mini Series documentary) (producer - 10 episodes)
- The Adventure: 1956-1960 (2001) ... (producer)
- Risk: 1945-1955 (2001) ... (producer)
- Dedicated to Chaos: 1940-1945 (2001) ... (producer)
 2000 Biography (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters (2000) ... (executive producer)
 1999 Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... (producer)
 1998 Frank Lloyd Wright (Documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
 1997 Thomas Jefferson (TV Mini Series documentary) (producer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... (producer)
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... (producer)
 1997 Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
  The West (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 9 episodes, 1996) (senior producer - 8 episodes, 1996) (series producer - 1 episode, 1996)
- Ghost Dance (1887 -1914) (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- One Sky Above Us (1887-1914) (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- Geography Of Hope (1877-1887) (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- Fight No More Forever (1874-1877) (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- Grandest Enterprise Under God (1868-1874) (1996) ... (executive producer) / (series producer)
 1991 Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (Documentary) (producer)
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini Series documentary) (executive producer - 9 episodes)
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... (executive producer)
 1990 American Experience (TV Series documentary) (co-producer - 1 episode)
- Lindbergh (1990) ... (co-producer)
 1988 The Congress (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1988 Thomas Hart Benton (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1985 The Statue of Liberty (Documentary) (producer)
 1985 Huey Long (Documentary) (producer)
 1984 The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (Documentary) (producer)
 1981 Brooklyn Bridge (Documentary) (producer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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Publicity Listings:

7 Interviews | 16 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Kenneth Lauren Burns

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:

Julie Deborah Brown  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Lilly Burns | See more »

Parents:

Robert Kyle Burns | Lyla Smith Tupper

Relatives:

Ric Burns (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

[on the cinematic shooting of still photography] That's the DNA for everything I've done for the past thirty-five years. That attempt to look at a photograph and see time. To hear movement and sound, then search for the close-up, a tilt, a pan, a reveal. To create what the auteurs called 'mise en scene'. I wanted to be one of those auteurs when I was growing up, and abandoned it for the sheer ... See more »

Trivia:

Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses Parade. See more »

Trademark:

The slow zoom in or out, and/or pan right or left has been called "The Ken Burns Effect" due to his powerful use of this technique. While not developed by him, it has been included in iMovie and iPhoto by Apple Computers with the name "Ken Burns Effect" See more »

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