EDWARD BURNS (Ethan) continues to entertain audiences as actor, writer, director
Burns completed principal photography on Purple Violets starring opposite Debra
Messing, Patrick Wilson and Selma Blair, marking the eighth time Burns has written,
directed, produced and starred in a motion picture. Burns just released two films,
Looking for Kitty (which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival) and The
Groomsmen, which he directed, wrote and starred in opposite Brittany Murphy, John
Leguizamo, Jay Mohr and Donal Logue. Additionally, Burns just wrapped production
on the Japanese horror remake One Missed Call.
Burns starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia in director James Foley's
Confidence, which had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Other recent acting roles include the romantic comedy Life, Or Something Like It
opposite Angelina Jolie, and Fifteen Minutes co-starring Robert De Niro. Burns also
starred opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. The
critically acclaimed World War II epic marked the first film in which Burns acted in a
film he did not write and direct himself.
Burns was lauded by critics and audiences alike for his first feature, The Brothers
McMullen, which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival,
winning the Grand Jury Prize. Burns wrote, directed and starred in the film, which
was shot on a budget of only $25,000 and went on to gross over $10 million at the
domestic box office, making it the most profitable film of 1995. The film also won
Best First Feature at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.
The second film Burns wrote, directed, produced and starred in, was the romantic
comedy She's The One with Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz. Additional films on
which Burns wore multiple hats include the intimate drama No Looking Back, with
Lauren Holly and Jon Bon Jovi, the romantic comedy ensemble Sidewalks of New
York, featuring Heather Graham, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson and Stanley
Tucci, and the 1980s-set drama Ash Wednesday, starring Burns and Elijah Wood as
two New York brothers trying to escape their past.
For television, Edward Burns and brother Brian served as creators and executive
producers of the half-hour comedy "The Fighting Fitzgeralds" for NBC starring
Golden Globe winner Brian Dennehy.
Burns was born in Woodside, Queens and raised on Long Island. Initially an English
major, he decided to focus on filmmaking, which he studied at Hunter College in
New York City before making The Brothers McMullen. After the film won the Grand
Jury Prize at Sundance, festival founder Robert Redford was so impressed with
Burns' talents that he served as executive producer on both She's The One and No
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