His father Sr. Edward J. Burns is a retired police sergeant. Ed's mother Molly worked for the Federal Aviation Administration at Kennedy Airport. Edward is a middle child - he has an older sister Mary and a younger brother Brian, who is a producer/screenwriter. All in all he grew up in a traditional Irish Catholic family.
Burns first attended The State University of New York at Albany and majored in English Literature but his junior year transferred to Hunter College in Manhattan to study filmmaking, where he began writing screenplays.
After completing several short films, Burns graduated with big dreams. Meanwhile, through his father's connection with Dunleavy, he secured a part-time job as a production assistant for the show The Reporters. Simultaneously, he began filming McMullen, an eighteen-day shot that dragged over eighteen months. His father was a producer. His mother was the caterer.The Burns' Long Island colonial provided most of the sets. When The Reporters folded midway through McMullen, Burns found similar work with Entertainment Tonight. Together with his younger brother Brian he formed Irish Twin Productions and put by together enough cash to make The Brothers McMullen, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and went to gross more than $10 million at the domestic box office.
Burns followed up The Brothers Mcmullen with a pair of piquant independent films he also wrote, directed and acted in - She's The One, with Jennifer Anistonand Cameron Diaza romantic comedy with more mainstream appeal and audiences involved into it, and No Looking Back, with Lauren Hollyand Jon Bon Jovi filmed in 1998. Also in 1998 Burns took a role as one of the foot soldiers, private Reiben, who go in search of a missing soldier in Steven Spielberg's movie Saving Private Ryan. The film ended up being one of the most critticaly acclaimed films of all time. - and Burns enjoyed even more growing success. Next up for Burns is Any Given Sunday, a football movie directed Oliver Stone.
Actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt makes her feature directorial debut with Friends with Kids. She stars alongside Adam Scott as two best friends that decide to have a baby without the romantic entanglements. This surprises their inner circle, who are also struggling with raising children: Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Kristen Wiig, and Jennifer Westfeldt's real-life boyfriend, Jon Hamm. Edward Burns and Megan Fox co-star as the love interests. Funny and dramatic, this ensemble works well together as they are all longtime friends. Check out our exclusive interviews.
Friends with Kids was released March 9th, 2012.Read More
Asger Leth directs a powerful cast in the upcoming crime thriller Man on a Ledge, which follows an ex-cop threatening suicide to divert a heist. Our favorite man on the street, Ryan J. Downey, took to the ledge for a chat with the cast, including Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Edward Burns, Anthony Mackie and Genesis Rodriguez. To watch our exclusive interview featurette about this heart-pounding drama, click on the clip below.
Man on a Ledge was released January 27th, 2012.Read More
Tribeca Film has released the first trailer and poster for Newlyweds, the latest from writer-director-actor-producer Edward Burns. Click on the video player for your first look at this indie marital drama, and take a look at the poster below the trailer.
Buzzy (Edward Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald) are a newly married couple living a seemingly conflict-free life. But when Buzzy's damaged and impulsive half-sister Linda (Kerry Bishé) arrives at their doorstep expecting to stay for an indefinite period in their Tribeca loft, her antics threaten to disrupt the couple's commitment to an "easy" marriage. Meanwhile, with Katie's sister Marsha projecting suspicions of her own husband's infidelity onto Buzzy, will the couple's formerly trusting and insulated life be able to withstand the dysfunctions of their respective siblings?Read More
Writer/director/actor/producer Edward Burns discusses his latest project Nice Guy Johnny, and his unique indie model for making movies.
The term "auteur" gets thrown around a lot in filmdom, but few truly fit the definition of the term like Edward Burns. After working a day job at Entertainment Tonight in the early 1990s, Edward Burns scraped together $25,000 for his first feature, The Brothers Mcmullen, which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. This launched his career as a filmmaker, and a burgeoning acting career (in other directors' movies) followed with roles in Saving Private Ryan, 15 Minutes, Life or Something Like It, and the criminally unnoticed con man drama Confidence. Despite his success as an actor, Edward Burns is still a filmmaker at heart, with nine films under his belt as a director. He decided to go back to his barebones budget roots with his latest drama, Nice Guy Johnny, which was released on DVD last week.Read More
The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, announced today it will close its 10th edition with the world premiere of Edward Burns' Newlyweds. The film will premiere Saturday, April 30, at BMCC TPAC.
Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Edward Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. Burns, who wrote, directed and stars in Newlyweds, has had a strong connection with TFF since its founding. Ash Wednesday world premiered as part of the inaugural TFF lineup in 2002, and Looking for Kitty, Purple Violets and Nice Guy Johnny have also been Festival premieres over subsequent years.Read More