Ken Burns Biography (1953-)

Full name, Kenneth Lauren Burns; born July 29, 1953, in Ann Arbor, MI (some sources say Brooklyn, NY); son of Robert Kyle (an anthropology professor) andLyla (a homemaker; maiden name, Tupper) Burns; brother of Ric Burns (a producer, director, and writer); married Amy Stechler (a filmmaker and writer), July 10, 1982 (separated); children: Sarah, Lilly. Addresses: Office: Florentine Films, P.O. Box 613, Walpole, NH 03608; c/o Florentine Films, Maple Grove Rd., Walpole, NH 03608.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, cinematographer, film editor, photographer, writer
Birth Details
July 29, 1953
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Work
  • Documentary Miniseries
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, The Civil War (also knownas The American Civil War), PBS, 1990
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer (with Buddy Squires and Allen Moore), Baseball (also known as The History of Baseball), PBS, 1994
  • Senior executive producer, senior producer, and cinematographer, The West, PBS, 1996
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, Thomas Jefferson, PBS, 1997
  • Director, executive producer, producer, and cinematographer, Lewis andClark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, PBS, 1997
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, Frank Lloyd Wright, PBS,1998
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, Not for Ourselves Alone: TheStory of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, PBS, 1999
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, Jazz, PBS, 2001
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, Mark Twain, 2002
  • Documentary Specials
  • Director, producer, cinematographer, and film editor, Brooklyn Bridge, PBS, 1982
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God, PBS, 1985
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, The Statue of Liberty, PBS, 1985
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, Huey Long, PBS, 1986
  • Director, producer (with others), and photographer, Thomas Hart Benton, PBS, 1989
  • Director and producer, The Congress, PBS, 1989
  • (With Stephen Ives) Producer, "Lindbergh," The American Experience, PBS, 1990
  • Director, producer, cinematographer, and music director, Empire of theAir: The Men Who Made Radio, PBS, 1992
  • (With Jim Brown) Producer, The Songs of the Civil War, PBS, 1992
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • General Hancock's aide, Gettysburg, TNT, 1993
  • Specials
  • Himself, The Civil War: The Filmmaker, PBS, 1990
  • Himself, Public Television: Public Debate with Charlie Rose, PBS,1992
  • Himself, The Making of Baseball, PBS, 1994
  • Host, Baseball--A Preview of the New Ken Burns Series (also knownas Baseball: An American Epic--A Preview), PBS, 1994
  • Episodic
  • Himself, NewsRadio (also known as News Radio and The Station), NBC, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Documentary Miniseries
  • (With Geoffrey C. Ward and Ric Burns) The Civil War (also known asThe American Civil War), PBS, 1990
  • (With Ward) Baseball (also known as The History of Baseball), PBS, 1994
  • Thomas Jefferson, PBS, 1997
  • Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, PBS, 1997
  • Television Documentary Specials
  • The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God, PBS, 1985
  • (With Geoffrey C. Ward) Huey Long, PBS, 1986
  • (With Ward and Tom Lewis) Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, PBS, 1992
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, and Don E. Fehrenbacher) The CivilWar: An Illustrated History (companion guide to the documentary The Civil War), Knopf (New York City), 1990
  • (With Ward; author of preface with Lynn Novick) Baseball: An Illustrated History (companion guide to the documentary Baseball), introduction by Roger Angell, Random House (New York City), 1994
  • (With Ward and S. A. Kramer) 25 Great Moments, Random House, 1994
  • (With Ward and Jim O'Connor) Shadow Ball: The History of the Negro Leagues, Random House, 1994
  • (With Ward and Paul Robert Walker) Who Invented the Game?, Knopf,1994
  • (Author of introduction) The People, Yes, foreword by Carroll T. Hartwell, Aperture (New York City), 1995
  • (Author of preface) Dayton Duncan and others, Lewis and Clark: An Illustrated History (companion guide to the documentary Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery), Knopf, 1997
  • (With Ward) Jazz: A History of America's Music, Knopf, 2000
  • (With Ward and Dayton Duncan) Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography, Knopf, 2001
  • (With Ward) Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Knopf, 2001
  • Contributor to books, including Centennial, Pindar Press, 1986; contributor of photographs to Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God: The History and Visions of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing from 1774 to the Present (companion volume to the documentary Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God), by Amy Stechler Burns, foreword by Bertha Lindsay, Portland House (New York City), 1987.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The West: An Illustrated History, by Geoffrey C. Ward, is a companion to the documentary The West. It was published by Little, Brown (Boston, MA), in 1996.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2002
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 20, Gale Group,2000
    Periodicals
    • American Heritage, September/October, 1990, p. 96
    • Commentary, December, 1996, p. 41
    • Journal of Urban History, May, 1997, p. 387
    • People Weekly, December 31, 1990, p. 46
    • Yankee, October, 1990, p. 78

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