Ken Burns

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  • Birth Name: Kenneth Lauren Burns
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Filmmaker, Director, Producer, Writer
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Fast Facts

  • Has cited the death of his mother and afterward seeing his father cry only while watching a movie as the reasons he became a filmmaker.
  • Started his production company, Florentine Films, at age 22.
  • Received an Oscar nomination for producing his first documentary, Brooklyn Bridge, in 1981.
  • In 1990, was the director, producer, and music director for the series The Civil War, which won more than 40 television and film awards.
  • His 1994 documentary Baseball became, at the time, the most watched series in PBS history with over 45 million viewers.
  • Became co-owner of the Restaurant at L.A. Burdick Chocolate, which opened in 2000.
  • Popularized a filming technique known as the Ken Burns Effect that involves zooming in on photographs and panning across the subjects in the still images.
  • Has received more than 20 honorary degrees from institutions such as Penn State University and the University of Michigan.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Winner
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming: Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming: Nominee
  • 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
  • 2017, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Nominee
  • 2018, BAFTA Television Awards — Best International: Nominee
  • 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Directing For A Nonfiction Program: Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Nominee
  • 2013, Writers Guild Awards — Documentary Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Documentary: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Series (Informational): Nominee
  • 2007, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee

Relationships

  • Robert Burns — Father
  • Sarah Burns — Daughter
  • Lyla Burns — Mother
  • Ric Burns — Brother
  • Amy Stechler Burns — Ex-wife
  • Lilly Burns — Daughter
  • Julie Deborah Brown — Wife

College

  • Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States (BA in Film Studies and Design, 1975)

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  • Birth Name: Kenneth Lauren Burns
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Filmmaker, Director, Producer, Writer