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EDWARD BURNS (Ethan) continues to entertain audiences as actor, writer, director and producer.

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 Looking Back.

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