Ken Burns

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Date of Birth July 29, 1953
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York
Age 67 years old
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Ken Burns

Kenneth Lauren Burns is an American filmmaker, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films. His widely known documentary series include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Prohibition, The Roosevelts, The Vietnam War, and Country Music. He was also executive producer of both The West, and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Burns' documentaries have earned two Academy Award nominations and have won several Emmy Awards, among other honors.

Born: Kenneth Lauren Burns, July 29, 1953, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater: Hampshire College
Occupation: Filmmaker
Years active: 1970–present
Notable work: The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), The National Parks (2009), The Roosevelts (2014), The Vietnam War (2017), Country Music (2019)
Political party: Democratic
Children: Sarah Burns, Lilly Burns, Olivia Burns, Willa Burns
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About Ken Burns

Documentary filmmaker whose best known works include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994) and Jazz (2001). He received Academy Award nominations for his films Brooklyn Bridge from 1981 and The Statue of Liberty from 1985.

Before Fame

He worked in a record store to pay for his tuition at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.


His 1994 documentary series Baseball won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series and his 2009 series The National Parks: America's Best Idea won an Emmy for Outstanding Non-fiction Series.

Family Life

He was married to Amy Stechler Burns from 1982 to 1993 and in 2003, he married Julie Deborah Brown. He has two daughters named Sarah and Lily.


In 1997, he released a three-part documentary series about the life of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

Information related to Ken Burns

  • Winners of the Lincoln Prize
  • Artists from Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Film directors from Michigan
  • Hampshire College alumni
  • American documentary film producers
  • Artists from Brooklyn
  • National Humanities Medal recipients
  • New Hampshire Democrats
  • American documentary film directors
  • Film directors from New York City
  • American expatriates in France
  • American cinematographers
  • Primetime Emmy Award winners
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