Edward Fitzgerald Burns is an American actor, producer, writer, and director best known for appearing in several films including Saving Private Ryan, 15 Minutes, Life or Something Like It, Confidence, A Sound of Thunder, The Holiday, The Groomsmen, One Missed Call, 27 Dresses, Man on a Ledge, Friends with Kids, and Alex Cross. Take a look below for 21 more fun and interesting facts about Edward Burns.
1. Burns was born in Woodside, Queens, New York, the son of Molly, a federal agency manager, and Edward J. Burns, a public relations spokesman and police officer.
2. He was raised a Roman Catholic.
3. Burns is the second of three children (with siblings Mary and Brian) in a family of Irish, and a small amount of Swedish, descent.
4. He was raised in Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island.
5. He briefly attended Chaminade High School before transferring to Hewlett High School.
6. After high school, Burns attended, from 1987 to 1992, SUNY Oneonta, University at Albany, and Hunter College.
7. Burns got his start in the film industry right after college as a production assistant on the Oliver Stone film, The Doors.
8. While working as a gofer at Entertainment Tonight, he financed, produced, directed and starred in his first film The Brothers McMullen in his spare time, which was largely shot in his hometown of Valley Stream.
9. Once he completed the film, he was able to get a copy to Robert Redford after an ET junket interview for Quiz Show at the Rhiga Royal Hotel in Manhattan.
10. In 1996, Burns wrote, directed and starred in the ensemble drama She’s The One with Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Amanda Peet, as well as Sidewalks of New York in 2001.
11. Burns is also known for his acting work on movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Life or Something Like It, and Confidence.
12. Looking for Kitty, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, was shot with a hand-held $3,000 digital Panasonic AG-DVX100 camera with a Mini35 adapter.
13. His film Purple Violets premiered exclusively on iTunes on November 20, 2007.
14. Burns began a string of guest appearances on the HBO original series Entourage midway through season 3, as well as appearing as Grace Adler’s boyfriend in Will & Grace.
15. In Entourage, Burns plays himself and is (within the context of the series) writing a new TV series in which Johnny Drama is able to land a part.
16. In 2007, Burns announced plans to partner with Virgin Comics to create a series entitled Dock Walloper.
17. In March 2009, The Lynch Pin, a series of shorts starring, written and directed by Burns were released via the internet. The ten episodes are only available to view online as of August 2009 and future plans for the project are unknown.
18. To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011, Burns wrote a movie, Newlyweds that he also directed and starred in.
19. In 2013 Burns starred as real-life gangster Bugsy Siegel in Frank Darabont’s miniseries, Mob City.
20. In 2012, Burns set up a screenwriting contest with the web startup Scripped for a crowdsourced screenplay which he intended to help get produced.
21. Burns is married to model Christy Turlington and has two children, Grace (born 2003) and Finn (born 2006). He and Turlington are Catholics.