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Eddie Burns

Biography

b. 8 Feb 1928, Mississippi, USA. Motivated by John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson and self-taught, Uses up was a stalwart from the instant post-war Detroit blues picture, being first documented in 1948 by Bernie Bessman. The last mentioned was in charge of providing John Lee Hooker his break and utilized Burns like a program musician for Hooker in 1949. This program produced four songs, like the fast shuffle ‘Burnin’ Hell’, that was significant for Burns up’ effective harmonica playing. Through the entire 50s and 60s he regularly documented for Joe Vehicle Fight, who either released the materials by himself JVB and Von brands or else offered the experts to concerns such as for example Gotham and Checker. Hardly ever straying from his house condition of Michigan, Burns up briefly visited European countries in 1972 beneath the billing Eddie ‘Acoustic guitar’ Burns, documenting an recording in London to use it. He returned 3 years later on for a far more rigorous tour beneath the ‘American Blues Legends ’75’ banner. Since that time Eddie Burns offers stayed mainly in Detroit, operating day-jobs, playing night clubs in the evenings and sometimes appearing at celebrations. He guested on Detroit Junior’s REMOVE ENOUGH TIME in 1998.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edward Burns
Date Of Birth January 29, 1968
Height 1.85 m
Profession Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Television Director, Television producer
Education Hunter College, University at Albany, SUNY, State University of New York at Oneonta, George W. Hewlett High School, Chaminade High School
Nationality American
Spouse Christy Turlington
Children Grace Burns, Finn Burns
Parents Molly McKenna, Edward J. Burns
Siblings Brian Burns, Mary Burns
Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize - U.S. Dramatic, PGA Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Music Songs Orange Driver, Hello Miss Jessie Lee, Papa’s Boogie, Hard Hearted Woman, She Keeps Me Guessing, Lonesome Feeling, When I Get Drunk, Treat Me Like I Treat You, Go 'Head Angel, In the State Highway, Lonely Man Plea, Gangster Blues, I Dig You Baby, Hastings Street Special, I've Got a Lot of Respect, Mean & Evil, Detroit Blackbottom, I Call It Love, Dealing With the Devil, I Wanna Trade With You, I'll Always Be Around, Do It If You Wanna, Biscuit Baking Mama, The Thing To Do, Goin' To New Orleans, Notoriety Woman, How Could You Leave Me, Untitled Blues, Bull Head-Go Ahead Angie, Toni Louise, New Highway 61, Dixie Boogie
Albums 2nd Degree Burns, Snake Eyes, Lonesome Feeling (NL 1986) [Blues Reference], Detroit Blackbottom, Detroit, Chicago Blues Festival 86, Detroit Blues 1950-1951, Blue Boot #1
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller
Movies Saving Private Ryan, The Brothers McMullen, Newlyweds, She's the One, Nice Guy Johnny, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets, The Groomsmen, Alex Cross, 27 Dresses, No Looking Back, Man on a Ledge, Life or Something Like It, The Holiday, 15 Minutes, One Missed Call, Looking for Kitty, Ash Wednesday, A Sound of Thunder, Friends with Kids, Echelon Conspiracy, Confidence, The River King, The Breakup Artist, Flight of the Phoenix, Blue Gold: American Jeans, Concert For New York City, Film Hawk, Doggy Bags, Summertime
TV Shows Public Morals, Mob City, Vietnam in HD, The Fighting Fitzgeralds, Festival Pass with Chris Gore


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#Fact
1 Was reportedly offered several studio scripts to direct before deciding to continue his independent film career with Nice Guy Johnny (2010).
2 Grew up in Valley Stream, New York, as did actors Steve Buscemi, James Martin Kelly, and Larry Miller.
3 Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film A Sound of Thunder (2005), however, he failed to receive a nomination.
4 Got his role in Life or Something Like It (2002) after Edward Norton dropped out of the project.
5 Purchased the Manhattan loft on N. Moore Street of the late Kennedy, Jr, John F. for over $2 million in 2000.
6 Has a degree in English from Hunter College, where fellow actors Vin Diesel and Sam Feuer, attended. All three got their big break from Steven Spielberg.
7 Owns two production companies. One with brother Brian Burns: "Irish Twins". The other is called "Marlboro Road Gang Films", named for the road on Long Island that he grew up on.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All Together announced Jack Kelly
MLB Network Presents 2016 TV Series Narrator
Public Morals 2015 TV Series Terry Muldoon
Louie 2014 TV Series Ed
Mob City 2013 TV Series Bugsy Siegel
Alex Cross 2012 Thomas Kane
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 Gerry Fitzgerald
Man on a Ledge 2012 Jack Dougherty (as Ed Burns)
40 2012 TV Movie
Newlyweds 2011 Buzzy
Friends with Kids 2011 Kurt
Nice Guy Johnny 2010 Uncle Terry
Entourage 2006-2009 TV Series Edward Burns Ed Burns
The Lynch Pin 2009 TV Series Dan Lynch
Echelon Conspiracy 2009 John Reed
27 Dresses 2008 George
One Missed Call 2008 Det. Jack Andrews
Purple Violets 2007 Michael Murphy
The Holiday 2006 Ethan
The Groomsmen 2006 Paulie
The River King 2005 Abel Grey
A Sound of Thunder 2005 Travis Ryer
Will & Grace 2005 TV Series Nick
The Breakup Artist 2004 Edward Burns
Looking for Kitty 2004 Jack Stanton
Confidence 2003 Jake Vig
Ash Wednesday 2002 Francis Sullivan
Life or Something Like It 2002 Pete (as Ed Burns)
Lethargy 2002 Short Store Clerk
Sidewalks of New York 2001 Tommy
15 Minutes 2001 Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw
Saving Private Ryan 1998 Private Reiben
No Looking Back 1998 Charlie
She's the One 1996 Mickey Fitzpatrick
The Brothers McMullen 1995 Barry / Finbar McMullen

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Public Morals TV Series created by - 10 episodes, 2015 written by - 10 episodes, 2015
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012
Newlyweds 2011
Nice Guy Johnny 2010 written by
The Lynch Pin 2009 TV Series 2009
Purple Violets 2007 written by
The Groomsmen 2006 written by
Flight of the Phoenix 2004 screenplay
Looking for Kitty 2004 written by
Ash Wednesday 2002 written by
Sidewalks of New York 2001 written by
The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2001 TV Series creator - 1 episode
No Looking Back 1998 written by
She's the One 1996 written by
The Brothers McMullen 1995

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Holly Star 2017 executive producer pre-production
Public Morals 2015 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 producer
Newlyweds 2011 producer
Nice Guy Johnny 2010 producer
The Lynch Pin 2009 TV Series producer - 2009
Purple Violets 2007 producer
The Groomsmen 2006 producer
Looking for Kitty 2004 producer
Ash Wednesday 2002 producer
Sidewalks of New York 2001 producer
The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2001 TV Series executive producer
No Looking Back 1998 producer
She's the One 1996 producer
The Brothers McMullen 1995 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Public Morals 2015 TV Series 10 episodes
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012
Newlyweds 2011
Nice Guy Johnny 2010
The Lynch Pin 2009 TV Series 2009
Purple Violets 2007
The Groomsmen 2006
Looking for Kitty 2004
Ash Wednesday 2002
The Concert for New York City 2001 TV Special documentary segment "Lovely Day"
Sidewalks of New York 2001
No Looking Back 1998
She's the One 1996
The Brothers McMullen 1995

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
She's the One 1996 executive advisor
Entertainment Tonight 1981 TV Series production assistant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Audition 2015/II Documentary special thanks
VOD Indie 2012 TV Series thanks - 1 episode
Dream Job 2012 Short special thanks
No Woman, No Cry 2010 Documentary thanks
Streetballers 2009 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today 2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2015 TV Series Himself
Blue Gold: American Jeans 2014 Documentary Narrator
Single Stories 2014 TV Series Himself
Katie 2013 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Le soldat de cinéma 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Stars on Sports 2013 TV Movie Himself
The Psychologist and the Butcher: Adapting and Filming Alex Cross 2013 Video short Himself
The Chew 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Top Gear USA 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 2012 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2012 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning: Saturday 2012 TV Series Himself
Kingdom Come 2011 Documentary Himself
Vietnam in HD 2011 TV Series documentary Joe Galloway
AMC News Special: The Stories of Tribeca 2010 TV Movie Himself
The Greatest Tunnel Ever Built 2008 TV Movie documentary Narrator
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres 2008 TV Movie Himself (as Ed Burns)
Live with Kelly and Michael 2008 TV Series Himself
The Knights of Prosperity 2007 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 1996-2006 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Himself
Edge of Outside 2006 Documentary Himself (as Ed Burns)
'Saving Private Ryan': Boot Camp 2004 Video documentary short Himself
'Saving Private Ryan': Miller and His Platoon 2004 Video documentary short Himself
'Saving Private Ryan': Re-Creating Omaha Beach 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Making 'Saving Private Ryan' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Caroline Rhea Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995-2003 TV Series Himself
Anatomy of a Scene 2001-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Festival Pass with Chris Gore 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
New York at the Movies 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998-2001 TV Series Himself
Live Lunch 2001 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' 1998 Video documentary short Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1996-1998 TV Series Himself
Film Hawk 2016 Documentary Himself
Conan 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Men in Blazers Show 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinema 3 2008 TV Series Himself
Gomorron 1998 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 New York Emmy New York Emmy Awards Interview/Discussion The Lineup: Best New York Movies (2014) · Roman Gackowski (director)
· Fran Healy (host)
· Dan Galway (producer)
· Michael D. Ratner (director)
· McKenzie Barney (producer)
· Matthew Hirschhorn (associate producer)
· Chris Kostianis (director of photography)
· Filipe Deandrade (camera)
· Lee Umphred (editor)
· Spike Lee (talent)
· Jeffrey Lyons (talent)
· John Leguizamo (talent)
· Mari White (talent)
2015 New York Emmy New York Emmy Awards Entertainment: Program/Special The Lineup: Best New York Movies (2014) · Roman Gackowski (director)
· Fran Healy (host)
· Dan Galway (producer)
· Michael D. Ratner (director)
· McKenzie Barney (producer)
· Matthew Hirschhorn (associate producer)
· Chris Kostianis (director of photography)
· Filipe Deandrade (camera)
· Lee Umphred (editor)
· Spike Lee (talent)
· Jeffrey Lyons (talent)
· John Leguizamo (talent)
· Mari White (talent)
2010 Festival Prize Boston Film Festival Best Director Nice Guy Johnny (2010)
2007 Best Feature Savannah Film Festival Purple Violets (2007)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Cinematic Moment Saving Private Ryan (1998) · Tom Hanks
· Tom Sizemore
· Barry Pepper
· Adam Goldberg
· Vin Diesel
· Giovanni Ribisi
1996 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature The Brothers McMullen (1995) · Dick Fisher (producer)
1996 Nova Award PGA Awards Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures The Brothers McMullen (1995) · Dick Fisher
1996 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Screenwriter of the Year
1995 Jury Special Prize Deauville Film Festival The Brothers McMullen (1995)
1995 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic The Brothers McMullen (1995)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Jury Prize Woodstock Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Nice Guy Johnny (2010)
2008 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller One Missed Call (2008)
1999 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Saving Private Ryan (1998) · Matt Damon
· Jeremy Davies
· Vin Diesel
· Adam Goldberg
· Tom Hanks
· Barry Pepper
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Tom Sizemore
1996 Grand Special Prize Deauville Film Festival She's the One (1996)
1995 Grand Special Prize Deauville Film Festival The Brothers McMullen (1995)


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#Quote
1 [on performing with Rachel Nichols] The first thing we shot was our bedroom scene. It was like, 'Hey, how are you? Let's get naked.' It was good to get that out of the way early in the shoot.
2 [on working with director Rob Cohen on 'Alex Cross'] Rob loves to shoot action and that's the stuff I don't do. But you never know when you're going to need it, so I was happy we got along, because I was looking over his shoulder a lot.
3 [on Saving Private Ryan (1998)] When your first experience of acting for somebody else is Steven Spielberg, you learn to observe. I certainly knew I wasn't going to be offering any advice. I just sat back and watched him work.
4 You make a movie for 9k for the freedom it allows you.
5 I went hat in hand to the money guys for years. Just couldn't do it anymore. Decided to write smaller stories and never looked back.
6 Newlyweds shooting budget: 5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can. We only shot 12 days. That's how to make an independent film.
7 If these new revenue streams weren't being uncovered, I know I would be out of business.
8 [on why he makes films about Irish-Americans] "I feel Irish-Americans are the forgotten minority group. Nobody else is making films about them. You have Woody Allen and Paul Mazursky making films about Jewish-Americans, you have Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola making films about Italian-Americans and you have Spike Lee and John Singleton making films about African-Americans. Who is making films about Irish-Americans?".
9 (On his fourth writing/directing effort, the Sidewalks of New York (2001)): "I hope people watch this movie and still see New York as the greatest city in the world. I certainly do".
10 I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt. Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.

#Trademark
1 Frequently casts himself
2 Often films in New York
3 Surprisingly high-pitched yet husky voice
4 Frequently cast as cops or special investigators ("One Missed Call", "Man On A Ledge", etc.)
5 Frequently employs musician 'P. T. Walkley' as composer for his films.
6 Often makes movies about Irish-Americans
7 Use of handheld cameras
8 Frequently collaborates with Max Baker, Dennis Farina, Kerry Bishé, Michael McGlone, and 'David Krumholtz' (I).
9 He always includes references to Long Island, New York

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