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 65)
Alma materHampshire College
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)
Amy Stechler (m. 1982–1993)

Julie Deborah Brown (m. 2003)

Kenneth Lauren "Ken" Burns[1] (born July 29, 1953)[1] 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.[1]

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.[1]

Burns was born on July 29, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.[1] He studied at Hampshire College.[1] Burns was married to Amy Stechler from 1982 until they divorced in 1993.[1] Then he was married to Julie Deborah Brown since 2003.[1]

Burns said that he is influenced by Shelby Foote and Errol Morris.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Ken Burns Biography (1953-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. 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)

Other websites[change | change source]

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