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James Burrows Biography

Birth Name:
James Edward Burrows
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Director, producer

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

  • 2019Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: winner
  • 2019Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: winner
  • 2019Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: winner
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner

Relationships

  • Ruth Levinson Burrows -- Mother
  • Laurie Burrows Grad -- Sister
  • Carin Smith Kinsel -- Stepmother
  • Debbie -- Wife