MAN ON A LEDGE
EDWARD BURNS (Jack Dougherty) Lauded by critics and
Burns gained international recognition for his first feature The Brothers
which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, winning the
Grand Jury prize. The film, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, 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
"Best First Feature" at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.
Burns' second film, the romantic comedy She's The One starring Jennifer
and Cameron Diaz, reinforced Burns' versatile talent as a writer, director, and
actor able to simultaneously and successfully wear multiple hats.
Burns continues to write, direct, star in and produce his films, including
Paramount Classics relationship comedy Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets,
and most recently, Nice Guy Johnny. In a groundbreaking deal, Purple Violets
was the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Burns built on
platform and successfully released Nice Guy Johnny via digital distribution in
His 10th feature film as a writer, director and actor is the romantic drama
Newlyweds, which had its world premiere and was selected as the closing film at
the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Burns has been involved with TFF since the
festival's inception in 2002. Newlyweds will be distributed by Tribeca Film and
was released in late December 2011 across multiple platforms.
As an actor, Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven
Spielberg's critically acclaimed World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. He also
starred in the thriller 15 MINUTES opposite Robert De Niro, Confidence opposite
Dustin Hoffman, and the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy hit 27 Dresses
opposite Katherine Heigl.
Burns can be seen in Jennifer Westfeldt's upcoming feature film Friends With
Kids. Additionally he is starring opposite Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox in I,
Cross, set to be released in early 2012. Burns will also star in "40", Doug
much buzzed about new HBO series.
Ed Burns was born in Woodside, Queens and raised on Long Island. While at
Hunter College in New York City, Burns switched his focus from English to
filmmaking before quickly moving on to make The Brothers McMullen, which won
the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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