James Burrows (II)


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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 Cheers (1982), Will & Grace (1998) and Taxi (1978). He has been married to Debbie Easton since 1997. He was previously married to Linda Solomon. See full bio »

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Won 11 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Cheers Director
(1982-1993)
Will & Grace Director
(1998-2020)
Taxi Director
(1978-1982)
Frasier Director
(1993-1997)

Filmography

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  The Big Bad Wolfes (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2020 B Positive (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Foreign Bodies (2020) ... (directed by)
- Die Alysis (2020) ... (directed by)
- Pilot (2020)
 1998-2020 Will & Grace (TV Series) (246 episodes)
- It's Time (2020)
- New Crib (2020)
- We Love Lucy (2020)
- The Favourite (2020)
 2019 Our House (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2019)
 2018 Like Family (TV Movie)
 2018 The Neighborhood (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2018)
 2017 Brothered Up (TV Movie)
 2017 Relatively Happy (TV Movie)
 2017 Disjointed (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Donna Weed (2017)
- Omega Strain (2017)
 2017 Superior Donuts (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- Arthur's Day Off (2017)
- Trust Me (2017)
 2016-2017 Man with a Plan (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- Dirty Money (2017)
- The Blame Game (2017)
- Valentine's Day (2017)
- Winter Has Come (2016)
- Holey War (2016)
 2016 Real Good People (TV Movie)
 2016 Me & Mean Margaret (TV Movie)
 2016 Crowded (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- Come Back (2016)
- Daughter (2016)
- Unemployable (2016)
- Given to Fly (2016)
 2010-2016 Mike & Molly (TV Series) (49 episodes)
- I See Love (2016)
- Mike Likes Cake (2012)
- The Wedding (2012)
- The Rehearsal (2012)
 2011-2016 2 Broke Girls (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Pilot (2011)
 2015 The Half of It (TV Movie)
 2013-2015 The Millers (TV Series) (32 episodes)
- Hero (2015)
- Louise Louise (2015)
- Diggin' Up Bones (2015)
 2014 More Time with Family (TV Movie)
 2014 Saint Francis (TV Movie)
 2014 Friends with Better Lives (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2014)
 2013 Untitled Tad Quill Project (TV Movie)
 2013 Sean Saves the World (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Busted (2013)
- Pilot (2013)
 2012-2013 Partners (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Sperm und Drang (2013)
- The Archies (2013)
- Troubled Waters (2013)
 2011 Up All Night (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2011)
 2010 Nathan vs. Nurture (TV Movie)
 2010 Open Books (TV Movie)
 2010 Strange Brew (TV Movie)
 2010 $#*! My Dad Says (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2010)
 2010 Better with You (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2010)
 2009 Ab Fab (TV Movie)
 2009 Hank (TV Series)
 2007-2008 Back to You (TV Series) (17 episodes)
- Hostage Watch (2008)
- Date Night (2008)
- The New Boss (2008)
 2007 The Mastersons of Manhattan (TV Movie)
 2007 Traveling in Packs (TV Movie)
 2006-2007 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (2007)
- Unaired Pilot (2006)
 2006 Courting Alex (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2003-2006 Two and a Half Men (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (2003)
 2006 Teachers. (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Substitute (2006)
 2006 Four Kings (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2006)
 2004 Beverly Hills S.U.V. (TV Movie)
 2004 My 11:30 (TV Movie)
 2004 The Stones (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Seamus on You (2004)
- Pilot (2004)
 2002 Dexter Prep (TV Movie)
 2002 Bram and Alice (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2002)
 2002 Good Morning, Miami (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2002)
 2000-2001 The Weber Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (2000)
 2000 Madigan Men (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2000)
 1999 Stark Raving Mad (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1999)
 1999 Ladies Man (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1999)
 1998 In the Loop (TV Series) (1998)
 1998 The Secret Lives of Men (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1998)
 1998 Conrad Bloom (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Fixer (1998)
- Pilot (1998)
 1998 Jesse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Side of Chile (1998)
 1997-1998 Dharma & Greg (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (1997)
 1997 George & Leo (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Eggnog (1997)
- Pilot (1997)
 1997 Fired Up (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Under Pressure (1997)
- The Next Day (1997)
- Pilot (1997)
 1997 Union Square (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Audition (1997)
 1997 Veronica's Closet (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1997)
 1996-1997 Men Behaving Badly (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- Playing Doctor (1997)
- The Odds Couple (1997)
- Jamie's in Love (1996)
- The Bed (1996)
 1996 Pearl (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Billy (1996)
- Pilot (1996)
 1996 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- See Dick Run (1996)
- Brains and Eggs (1996)
 1995-1996 NewsRadio (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- Led Zeppelin II (1996)
- Zoso (1996)
- Bitch Session (1996)
- The Crisis (1995)
- Smoking (1995)
 1996 The Nerd (TV Movie)
 1995-1996 Partners (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- City Hall (1995)
 1995 Hudson Street (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1995)
 1995 The Preston Episodes (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1995)
 1994 Madman of the People (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (1994)
 1994 The Boys Are Back (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1994)
 1994 Monty (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1993 Gloria Vane (TV Movie)
 1993 Cafe Americain (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Pilot (1993)
 1982-1993 Cheers (TV Series) (237 episodes)
- One for the Road (1993)
 1992 Flying Blind (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1992)
 1991 Flesh 'n' Blood (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1991 Pacific Station (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1991)
 1991 Roc (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1991)
 1990 The Fanelli Boys (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1990)
 1990 Down Home (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- By the Book (1990)
- Pier Pressure (1990)
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special) (segment "Cheers")
 1990 Wings (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Legacy (1990)
 1990 The Marshall Chronicles (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1988 Dear John (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Ralph's Curse (1988)
- Pilot (1988)
 1988 Channel 99 (TV Movie)
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1987 The Tortellis (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1987)
 1986 All Is Forgiven (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- With Child (1986)
 1986 Valerie (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Old Enough (1986)
 1985 Big Shots in America (TV Movie)
 1984 At Your Service (TV Movie)
 1984 Night Court (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1982 Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever (TV Movie)
 1982 Partners
 1981 Best of the West (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The New Jail (1981)
- Pilot (1981)
 1981 Every Stray Dog and Kid (TV Movie)
 1980 Good Time Harry (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1980 The Stockard Channing Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1979-1980 The Associates (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- The Party (1980)
- Danko's a Daddy (1980)
- Eliot's Revenge (1980)
- The First Day (1979)
 1979 A New Kind of Family (TV Series) (1 episode)
- I Do (1979)
 1979 Butterflies (TV Movie)
 1978 More Than Friends (TV Movie) (as Jim Burrows)
 1978 The Plant Family (TV Movie)
 1978 Free Country (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Special Delivery (1978)
- Citizenship (1978)
 1978 Husbands, Wives & Lovers (TV Series)
 1977-1978 Rhoda (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Ida Alone (1978)
- One Is a Number (1977)
- The Job (1977)
 1977-1978 The Betty White Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- John's Mother (1977)
 1977 We've Got Each Other (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pilot (1977)
 1977 Lou Grant (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Christmas (1977)
 1977 Szysznyk (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Ball Three (1977)
 1977 Calling Doctor Storm, M. D. (TV Movie)
 1977 Roosevelt and Truman (TV Movie)
 1977 Bumpers (TV Movie)
 1976-1977 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- Guinea Pigs (1977)
- Good Time Girls (1976)
 1974-1976 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Mary's Insomnia (1976)
- Mary the Writer (1976)
- Neighbors (1974)
 1975-1976 Phyllis (TV Series) (19 episodes)
- The Wrong Box (1976)
- Off the Bench (1976)
- Speech 1A (1976)
- The Triangle (1976)
 1975 Fay (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1975 Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (TV Series) (1 episode)
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Other Works:

He directed George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner," in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with John Mahoney, Harriet Harris, Robert Breuler, Natalie West, Shannon Cochran, Ross Lehman, and Alan Wilder in the cast. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jim Burrows
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Personal Quote:

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 it is shit and you're shaking your head in dismay. This surprise I find exhilarating and scary--and I love it.

Trivia:

Has been involved with three different and otherwise unrelated projects titled "Partners": the Ryan O'Neal and John Hurt film Partners (1982); the Tate Donovan and Jon Cryer TV series Partners (1995); and the Michael Urie and[ David Krumholtz TV series Partners (2012). See more »

Trademark:

Rapid change of expressions See more »

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Capricorn

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