Lauded by critics and audiences alike, EDWARD BURNS (Thomas
Kane) gained international
recognition for his first feature The Brothers McMullen, 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 won "Best
First Feature" at the 1996
Independent Spirit Awards.
Burns' second film, the romantic comedy She's The Onestarring Jennifer
Aniston 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
the 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 this platform and successfully released Nice Guy Johnny via digital
distribution in 2010.
His 10th feature film as a writer, director and actor is the romantic drama
premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). Burns has been involved with
TFF since the festival's
inception in 2002. Newlyweds was his 6th film to be featured at TFF and closed
As an actor, Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven
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 was most recently seen in the feature
film Man on a Ledge
opposite Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, as well as in Jennifer Westfeldt's
Friends With Kids.
Additionally, he will star in '40', Doug Ellin's much buzzed about new HBO
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
He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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