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

Burns' latest film, "Purple Violets,” debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. "Purple Violets” also starred Debra Messing, Patrick Wilson and Selma Blair and marks the eighth time Burns has written, directed, produced and starred in a motion picture. "Purple Violets” premiered on iTunes on November 20, and became the first feature film to be exclusively distributed on that popular service.

Burns will next be seen in the Japanese horror remake "One Missed Call” for Warner Bros., set for a January 2008 release.

Burns appeared in Nancy Meyer's film "The Holiday” opposite Kate Winslet and Jude Law. Additionally, Burns released two films in 2006, "Looking for Kitty” and "The Groomsmen,” in which he directed, wrote and starred opposite Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Jay Mohr and Donal Logue.

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 films as an actor include the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy "Life, Or Something Like It,” opposite Angelina Jolie, and New Line's "Fifteen Minutes” costarring 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 ten million dollars 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.

Burns' second film which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, was the romantic comedy "She's The One,” with Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz. Burns' additional films on which he wore multiple hats include Gramercy Pictures' intimate drama, "No Looking Back,” with Lauren Holly and Jon Bon Jovi; Paramount Classics' romantic comedy ensemble "Sidewalks of New York,” featuring Heather Graham, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, and Stanley Tucci; and the 1980's-set drama, "Ash Wednesday,” which starred Burns and Elijah Wood as two New York brothers trying to escape their past. Burns sixth feature film in just ten years was "Looking for Kitty,” which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

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 grew up 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 Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival, 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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