Jere Burns Celebrity Watchlist


Although Burns’ seminal role as a sleazy would-be ladies’ man on the sitcom Dear John pigeonholed him on the small screen, this stage-trained actor continued to land diverse theater parts in both Los Angeles and New York. After the sitcom ended, he popped up in a slew of series and TV-movies, usually as the foil or the villain, with one notable exception: he played a newly married divorcé determined to make his second go-round work in Something So Right, which ran for two seasons. After that he landed lots of guest spots and was cast in several short-lived series (Good Morning, Miami; Help Me Help You; Surviving Suburbia), most of which failed to make it further than their first season.

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a cabdriver in Boston and as a lifeguard on Cape Cod, MA, during a two-year hiatus between high school and college.
  • Before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival, with Joseph Papp's Public Theatre and in a Steppenwolf Theatre off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West.
  • Used CPR to save a heart-attack victim's life in an Encino, CA, restaurant in 1997.
  • Has run in marathons and competed in triathlons.
  • Actress Abby Dalton (Falcon Crest) is his mother-in-law.


  • Leslie Cohen — Wife
  • Gillian Burns — Daughter
  • Melissa Burns — Ex-wife
  • Luke Burns — Son
  • Kathleen Kinmont — Ex-wife
  • Jake Burns — Son


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (BA in Literature); attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Jere Eugene Burns II
  • Birth Place: Cambridge, MA
  • Birthday: October 15, 1954, Libra
  • Profession: Actor

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