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Biography #2 (for A Sound of Thunder)

Edward Burns continues to entertain audiences as actor, writer, director and producer.

Burns recently completed principal photography on The Groomsmen, in which he directed, wrote and starred opposite Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard and Donal Logue. The film will be released in the Spring of 2006. This is the seventh film that Burns has written, directed and starred in since his debut feature The Brothers McMullen in 1995.

Burns partnered with THINKfilm to distribute Looking for Kitty, which he also wrote, directed and starred in alongside David Krumholtz. Shot for a miniscule budget of $250,000, Looking for Kitty premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters in 2006.

As an actor, 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 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.

He 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.

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 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 1980's-set drama Ash Wednesday, which starred Burns and Elijah Wood as two New York brothers trying to escape their past.

For television, 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.

Recently, he completed production on The River King, a super-natural murder mystery based on Alice Hoffman's award-winning novel, for Myriad Pictures. 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 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.

Burns serves as a National Ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "A Sound of Thunder" (04-Sep-2005)


Biography #3 (for Life Or Something Like It)

Edward Burns' fourth feature as a writer, director, producer, and star, was the recent Sidewalks of New York. A comedic look at relationships and romance through the eyes of six New Yorkers; Sidewalks co-stars Burns, Heather Graham, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, David Krumholz, Dennis Farina and Stanley Tucci.

As an actor, Burns was last seen in Fifteen Minutes co-starring Robert De Niro. Written, directed and produced by John Herzfeld, the action thriller follows an arson investigator (played by Burns) who teams with a famous homicide detective (De Niro) to track down a murderer. 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 both critics and audiences 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.

Burns' second film that he wrote, directed, produced and starred in was the romantic comedy She's The One, with Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz. Produced by Fox Searchlight, the film also starred John Mahoney. Burns' most recent quadruple filmmaking effort was the intimate drama, No Looking Back. The Gramercy feature also starred Lauren Holly and Jon Bon Jovi.

In conjunction with the release of No Looking Back, Three Screenplays by Edward Burns was published by Hyperion. The book includes an introduction by Burns with the screenplays from The Brothers McMullen,She's The One and No Looking Back. More recently, Three Stories From Long Island was released as a three DVD set through Twentieth Century Fox, and includes the DVDs of The Brothers McMullen, She's the One, and No Looking Back. For television, Burns and his brother Brian created and executive produced the half-hour comedy The Fighting Fitzgeralds for NBC with Golden Globe-winner Brian Dennehy starring.

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 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.

Burns recently completed Ash Wednesday, his latest effort as writer, director, producer and star. Set in 1983 New York, Ash Wednesday is a drama about two brothers trying to escape their past.

Bio courtesy Fox for "Life Or Something Like It" (27-Oct-2002)


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