Ken Burns

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Ken Burns
Ken Burns 2016.jpg
Burns in April 2016
Born Kenneth Lauren Burns
(1953-07-29) July 29, 1953 (age 64)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Hampshire College
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Amy Stechler (m. 1982–93)
Julie Deborah Brown (m. 2003)

Kenneth Lauren "Ken" Burns[2] (born July 29, 1953)[2] is an American director and producer of documentary movies. He is known for his style of using archival footage and photographs. Burns is also a historian and writer.[2]

His most widely known documentaries are The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011) and The Central Park Five (2012)

Burns' documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards and have won Emmy Awards, among other honors.[2]

Burns was born on July 29, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.[2] He studied at Hampshire College.[2] Burns was married to Amy Stechler from 1982 until they divorced in 1993.[2] Then he was married to Julie Deborah Brown since 2003.[2]

Burns said that he is influenced by Shelby Foote and Errol Morris.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bragg, Meredith; Gillespie, Nick (October 3, 2011). "Ken Burns on PBS Funding, Being a 'Yellow-Dog Democrat,' & Missing Walter Cronkite". Reason.  |archive-url= is malformed: liveweb (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Ken Burns Biography (1953-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 

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