Fast Facts

  • In 1966, was an assistant stage manager on his father's short-lived musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. The production starred Mary Tyler Moore, and Burrows contacted her in 1974 to get his first job as a TV director on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • Was honored in 1996 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Comedy Awards.
  • As of 2006, has received four Directors Guild of America Awards.
  • In 1998, returned to theater after a nearly 25-year absence to direct John Mahoney in a revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company.
  • Directed every episode of Will & Grace during its eight-season run.
  • Appeared as himself on the 2005 TV series The Comeback.
  • Named his production company, 3 Sisters Entertainment, after his three daughters by his first wife.

Awards

  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Abe Burrows — Father
  • Debbie — Wife
  • Ruth Levinson Burrows — Mother
  • Carin Smith Kinsel — Stepmother
  • Laurie Burrows Grad — Sister

College

  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (BA in Government, 1962); Yale University, New Haven, CT (MFA in Theatre, 1965)

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  • Birth Name: James Edward Burrows
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Birthday: December 30, 1940, Capricorn
  • Profession: Director, Producer
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