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Kenneth Lauren Burns was born on the 29th July 1953, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is a film director and producer, probably best recognized for directing and producing documentary films, such as “The Civil War” (1990), “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” (2009), “Prohibition” (2011) and “The Roosevelts” (2014). He has been an active member of the film industry since 1981.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Ken Burns is? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of Ken’s net worth is over $1.5 million as of mid-2016. Most of his income is the result of his successful involvement in the entertainment industry as a filmmaker – director and producer.

Ken Burns Net Worth $1.5 Million

Ken Burns was born to Robert Kyle Burns, who worked as a cultural anthropologist, and Lyla Smith Burns, who was a bio-technical worker; his brother is Ric Burns, who works also as a filmmaker of the documentary films. His family moved frequently, so he spent his childhood in France, and Ann Arbor among other places, where his father worked as a professor. Bright and talented he carried his love for making movies through his high school years, when he received a movie camera for his 17th birthday. Upon matriculation from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor in 1971, he enrolled at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts; some of his professors were photographers Elaine Mayes and Jerome Liebling. He graduated with a BA degree in Film Studies and Design in 1975.

Subsequently, his professional career began when Ken founded the production company Florentine Films in 1975, together with Elaine Mayes classmate Robert Sherman, based in Walpole, New Hampshire. Since then, his career has gone only upwards, and so has his net worth, as well as popularity. Parallel with working at his own company, Ken has worked as a cinematographer for numerous television channels, including the BBC channel, Italian television, and others.

In 1977, Ken began working on his first documentary film – “Brooklyn Bridge” – which was an adaptation of a book named “The Great Bridge”, by David McCullough. The film was released in 1981, and was nominated for an Academy Award in the category for Best Documentary, increasing his net worth by a large margin. The film was followed by other documentaries, such as “The Shakers: Hands To Work, Hearts To God” (1984), and “The Statue Of Liberty” (1985), which was also nominated for Oscar.

At the beginning of the next decade he created the documentary miniseries “The Civil War”, based on the American Civil War, which achieved huge ratings. His next big work was the TV series “Baseball” (1994), for which he won an Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Informational Series. Two years later, he was the executive producer of the film “The West”, directed by Stephen Ives, which also contributed a lot to his net worth.

Furthermore, he also won an Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Non-fiction Series, for directing and producing his next film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”. Most recently, he has created such films as “The Dust Bowl”, and “The Central Park Five”, both released in 2012, and “The Roosevelts” (2014), and “Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies” (2016). “The Vietnam War” will be released in 2017, and will likely further increase his net worth.

Speaking about his personal life, Ken Burns has been married to Julie Deborah Brown since 2003; the couple has two daughters. Previously, he was married to Amy Stechler (1982-1993), with whom he also has two daughters. His current residence is in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 29, 1953
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Profession:Filmmaker
Education:Hampshire College (1971–1975), Pioneer High School (1971)
Nationality:American
Spouse:Julie Deborah Brown (m. 2003), Amy Stechler (m. 1982–1993)
Children:Sarah Burns, Lily Burns, Olivia Burns, Willa Burns
Parents:Robert Kyle Burns, Lyla Smith Tupper
Siblings:Ric Burns
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Grand Marshal, Tournament of Roses Parade. [2016]
2Burns' great-great-grandfather Abraham W. Burns (1833-1911) was a private in McClanahan's Company, Virginia Horse Artillery also known as the Staunton Artillery (Confederate) during the American Civil War. He also served in Company K,52nd Virginia Infantry.
3Attended Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
4Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 136, pages 59-67. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
5Father, Robert Burns, was a cultural anthropologist
6Graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA
7Brother of fellow producer/director Ric Burns.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1The slow zoom in or out, and/or pan right or left has been called "The Ken Burns Effect" due to his powerful use of this technique. While not developed by him, it has been included in iMovie and iPhoto by Apple Computers with the name "Ken Burns Effect"
2Takes a single photograph or painting, and utilizes close ups, music, voice overs and sound effects to make it seem like a lengthy action sequence.


Quotes

#Quote
1I can look at a still photograph of building the Brooklyn Bridge and hear the workers hammering, the seagulls in the East River, the steam compressors hauling up big blocks of stone. You take an old photograph and you realize it has a past, it has a future. So what would it mean to go inside it?
2[on the cinematic shooting of still photography] That's the DNA for everything I've done for the past thirty-five years. That attempt to look at a photograph and see time. To hear movement and sound, then search for the close-up, a tilt, a pan, a reveal. To create what the auteurs called 'mise en scene'. I wanted to be one of those auteurs when I was growing up, and abandoned it for the sheer power of fact.
3In so many films that I've done, short-sightedness is one of the major human themes. We live for the moment. No one's willing to do the necessary rolling up the sleeves until the catastrophe happens.
4[on the plowing up of the Great Plains and resultant dust bowl years] The old ranchers were saying 'Wrong side up'. The Indians knew it was not right, that these buffalo grasses sent their roots five feet down to suck the moisture, but also hold the topsoil evolved over thousands of years. All of a sudden we were turning over that grass in an area larger than Ohio, and this was a marginal area anyway. This was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history so far.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DocumentaryThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns
· David McMahon
2013Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsWestern DocumentaryThe Dust Bowl (2012)· Dayton Duncan (writer/producer)
2012Audience Choice AwardChicago International Film FestivalBest Documentary FeatureThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns
· David McMahon
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Nonfiction SeriesThe National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)· Dayton Duncan (produced by)
2008Lifetime Achievement AwardNews & Documentary Emmy Awards
2007Canal+ AwardDeauville Film FestivalBest DocumentaryThe War (2007)· Lynn Novick
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Nonfiction SpecialUnforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)· David Schaye (producer)
· Paul Barnes (producer)
2003CINE Leadership AwardCINE Competition
2002Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsTelevision & CableJazz (2001)· Geoffrey C. Ward (writer)
· Lynn Novick (producer)
· Peter Miller (co-producer)
· Victoria Gohl (co-producer)
2002Career Achievement AwardInternational Documentary Association
2001Best Documentary AwardSt. Louis International Film FestivalMark Twain (2001)
2001Lifetime Achievement AwardSt. Louis International Film Festival
1998Vision AwardPGA AwardsTelevisionLewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997)
1998Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest DocumentaryFrank Lloyd Wright (1998)
1998Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsWestern DocumentaryLewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997)· Dayton Duncan (producer/writer)
1998Spur AwardWestern Writers of AmericaBest Documentary ScriptLewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997)· Dayton Duncan
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesBaseball (1994)· Lynn Novick (producer)
· Geoffrey C. Ward (writer)
· John Chancellor (narrator)
1994Silver Medallion AwardTelluride Film Festival, US
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual - Informational ProgrammingThe Civil War (1990)· Geoffrey C. Ward (writer)
· Ric Burns (writer)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesThe Civil War (1990)· Stephen Ives (co-producer)
· Ric Burns (producer)
· Julie Dunfey (co-producer)
· Catherine Eisele-Yang (coordinating producer)
· Mike Hill (co-producer)
1991Silver FIPABiarritz International Festival of Audiovisual ProgrammingDocumentary and EssayThe Civil War (1990)
1991Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeDocumentaries - Special Awards CategoryThe Civil War (1990)· Geoffrey C. Ward
· Ric Burns
1991IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationThe Civil War (1990)
1991PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of TelevisionThe Civil War (1990)· Ric Burns
1986Erik Barnouw AwardOrganization of American HistoriansHuey Long (1985)
1983Erik Barnouw AwardOrganization of American HistoriansBrooklyn Bridge (1981)
1981CINE Golden EagleCINE CompetitionDocumentaryBrooklyn Bridge (1981)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SeriesCancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015)· Dalton Delan (executive producer)
· David S. Thompson (executive producer)
· Pamela Oas Williams (executive producer)
· Laura Ziskin (executive producer)
· Barak Goodman (series producer)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Documentary or Nonfiction SeriesThe Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)· Paul Barnes (produced by)
· Pam Tubridy Baucom (produced by)
2015PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionThe Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)· Paul Barnes
· Pam Tubridy Baucom
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DocumentaryThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns (director/producer)
· David McMahon (director/producer)
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Documentary PictureThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns
· David McMahon
2013PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionThe Dust Bowl (2012)· Dayton Duncan
· Julie Dunfey
2013WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Documentary ScreenplayThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns (written by)
· David McMahon (written by)
2012Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest DocumentaryThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns
· David McMahon
2012IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationBest FeatureThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns (director/producer/writer)
· David McMahon (director/producer/writer)
2012Video Source AwardInternational Documentary AssociationThe Central Park Five (2012)· Sarah Burns (director/writer/producer)
· David McMahon (director/writer/producer)
2012Grierson AwardLondon Film FestivalThe Central Park Five (2012)· David McMahon
· Sarah Burns
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for Nonfiction ProgrammingThe War (2007)· Lynn Novick
2008DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in DocumentaryThe War (2007)· Lynn Novick
2008IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationLimited SeriesThe War (2007)· Lynn Novick
· Sarah Botstein
2006Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DocumentaryUnforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for Nonfiction ProgrammingUnforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction ProgrammingJazz (2001)· Buddy Squires (cinematographer)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Non-Fiction SeriesJazz (2001)· Lynn Novick (producer)
· Geoffrey C. Ward (writer)
· Keith David (narrator)
1998Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDocumentaryFrank Lloyd Wright (1998)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement - Informational ProgrammingBaseball (1994)· Buddy Squires (cinematographer)
· Allen Moore (cinematographer)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialEmpire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991)· Morgan Wesson (producer)
· Tom Lewis (producer)
1986OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Documentary, FeaturesThe Statue of Liberty (1985)· Buddy Squires
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialThe Statue of Liberty (1985)· Marcie Setlow (executive producer)
· Buddy Squires (producer)
1986Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDocumentaryHuey Long (1985)
1982OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Documentary, FeaturesBrooklyn Bridge (1981)
1981Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest DocumentaryBrooklyn Bridge (1981)


Filmography

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Vietnam War2017TV Series documentary producer - 10 episodes announced
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War2016Documentary executive producer / producer
Jackie RobinsonTV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 2 episodes, 2016 producer - 2 episodes, 2016
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies2015TV Series documentary executive producer - 3 episodes
The Roosevelts: An Intimate HistoryTV Series documentary executive producer - 5 episodes, 2014 producer - 3 episodes, 2014
The Central Park Five2012Documentary executive producer: Florentine Films / producer
The Dust BowlTV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 4 episodes, 2012 producer - 2 episodes, 2012
ProhibitionTV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 2 episodes, 2011 producer - 1 episode, 2011
BaseballTV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 9 episodes, 1994 producer - 3 episodes, 1994 - 2010
The National Parks: America's Best IdeaTV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 6 episodes, 2009 producer - 6 episodes, 2009
Medal of Honor2008TV Movie documentary executive producer
The WarTV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 7 episodes, 2007 producer - 7 episodes, 2007
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004Documentary producer
Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip2003TV Movie documentary producer
Mark Twain2001TV Movie documentary producer
Jazz2001TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 4 episodes
Biography2000TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony1999TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
Frank Lloyd Wright1998Documentary executive producer / producer
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery1997TV Special documentary executive producer / producer
Thomas Jefferson1997TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 2 episodes
The West1996TV Series documentary executive producer / senior producer
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio1991Documentary producer
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 9 episodes
American Experience1990TV Series documentary co-producer - 1 episode
The Congress1988TV Movie documentary producer
Thomas Hart Benton1988TV Movie producer
The Statue of Liberty1985Documentary producer
Huey Long1985Documentary producer
The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God1984Documentary producer
Brooklyn Bridge1981Documentary producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Vietnam War2017TV Series documentary 10 episodes announced
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War2016Documentary
Jackie Robinson2016TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentary 7 episodes
The Address2014TV Movie documentary attached
The Central Park Five2012Documentary
The Dust Bowl2012TV Mini-Series documentary 4 episodes
Prohibition2011TV Mini-Series documentary 3 episodes
Baseball1994-2010TV Mini-Series documentary 11 episodes
The National Parks: America's Best Idea2009TV Mini-Series documentary 6 episodes
The War2007TV Mini-Series documentary co-director - 7 episodes
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004Documentary
Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip2003TV Movie documentary
Mark Twain2001TV Movie documentary
Jazz2001TV Mini-Series documentary 10 episodes
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony1999TV Series documentary 1 episode
Frank Lloyd Wright1998Documentary
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery1997TV Special documentary
Thomas Jefferson1997TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio1991Documentary
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentary 9 episodes
The Congress1988TV Movie documentary
Thomas Hart Benton1988TV Movie
The Statue of Liberty1985Documentary
Huey Long1985Documentary
The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God1984Documentary
Brooklyn Bridge1981Documentary

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baseball1994-2010TV Mini-Series documentary 11 episodes
The National Parks: America's Best Idea2009TV Mini-Series documentary 6 episodes
Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip2003TV Movie documentary
Mark Twain2001TV Movie documentary
Jazz2001TV Mini-Series documentary 4 episodes
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony1999TV Series documentary 1 episode
Frank Lloyd Wright1998Documentary
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery1997TV Special documentary
Thomas Jefferson1997TV Mini-Series documentary 2 episodes
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentary 9 episodes
The Congress1988TV Movie documentary
The Statue of Liberty1985Documentary
Huey Long1985Documentary
The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God1984Documentary
Brooklyn Bridge1981Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies2015TV Series documentary written by - 3 episodes
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentary 5 episodes
The Address2014TV Movie documentary
The Central Park Five2012Documentary written by
Baseball1994-2010TV Mini-Series documentary written by - 11 episodes
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery1997TV Special documentary book
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio1991Documentary additional
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentary written by - 9 episodes

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004Documentary music producer
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary musical director - 9 episodes
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio1991Documentary musical director
The Civil WarTV Mini-Series documentary musical director - 9 episodes, 1990 music direction - 8 episodes, 1990

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies2015TV Series documentary senior creative consultant - 3 episodes
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo2005TV Movie documentary consultant
Thomas Jefferson1997TV Mini-Series documentary senior creative consultant - 2 episodes
The Making of 'Gettysburg'1993Video documentary commentary
American Experience1990TV Series documentary senior creative consultant - 3 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Difficult People2016TV SeriesKen Burns
The Mindy Project2014TV SeriesKen Burns
The Simpsons2012TV SeriesKen Burns
Gettysburg1993Hancock's Aide

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Address2014TV Movie documentary additional cinematographer
The National Parks: America's Best Idea2009TV Mini-Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode
American Experience1990TV Series documentary additional cinematographer - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2004Documentary arranger: "Levee Low Moan"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wearacknowledgment completed
Interstellar2014thanks
Wired2014/IShort special thanks
Mary & Bill2010Documentary special thanks
Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey2006Documentary special thanks
The Making of 'The Devil's Den'2003Video documentary thanks
The Cat's Meow2001special thanks
Eternal Memory: Voices from the Great Terror1998Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS This Morning2012-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
MLB Network Presents2016TV SeriesHimself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2016TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Today1990-2016TV SeriesHimself
Overheard2016TV SeriesHimself - interviewee
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jeopardy!2015TV SeriesHimself - Clue Giver
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colbert Report2005-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Announcer / Himself
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2007-2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2007-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2009-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Katie2014TV SeriesHimself
Americana Music Honors & Awards2013TV Special
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1994-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
On the Dust Bowl with Ken Burns & Timothy Egan2012TV MovieHimself
Lessons from the Dust Bowl with Ken Burns2012TV MovieHimself - Guest
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself2012DocumentaryHimself
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences: The Heart of the Matter2012ShortHimself
Glue Man2012ShortHimself
Drinks and Conversation2011TV MovieHimself
The Simpsons2003-2011TV SeriesHimself
Doc Talk2011TV SeriesHimself
Prime 92010-2011TV SeriesHimself
A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 19392010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Budapest to Gettysburg2007Documentary
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003-2007TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2007TV SeriesHimself
Wordplay2006DocumentaryHimself
Live from Lincoln Center2005TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tim McCarver Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2002-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Tribeca Film Festival Presents2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Independent View2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History2001Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Great Performances2000TV SeriesHimself
Palisades Amusement Park, a Century of Fond Memories1998DocumentaryNarrator
The Making of 'Gettysburg'1993Video documentaryHimself - Filmmaker
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Mini-Series

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