Ken Burns

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Ken Burns
Birth name Kenneth Lauren Burns
Born July 29, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY
Notable Shows The Civil War,
Baseball,
Jazz,
The War
Awards

Ken Burns is an American documentary filmmaker who has won praise for his in-depth historical documentary miniseries which mainly put American events and culture into perspective.

Contents

Biography

Roles

Guest Star

Series Role Episode Airdate
Great Performances Himself  ?? - Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, a Life in Animation November 21, 2000
ESPN SportsCentury Himself 22x09 - 1988 July 28, 2002
ESPN SportsCentury Himself 1x10 - Yogi Berra October 14, 2002
ESPN SportsCentury Himself 22x05 - New York Yankees (1) October 6, 2003

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Tony Danza Show Episode 72 January 3, 2005
The Colbert Report Ken Burns (November 1, 2005) November 1, 2005
Late Show with David Letterman Show 2819 September 26, 2007
The Daily Show Ken Burns (September 27, 2007) September 27, 2007

Writer

Staff Writer

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Civil War 1990 Staff Writer miniseries
Baseball 1994 Staff Writer miniseries

Director

Series Director

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Civil War 1990 miniseries
Baseball 1994 miniseries
Thomas Jefferson 1997 miniseries
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony 1999 miniseries
Jazz 2001 miniseries
The War 2007 miniseries

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Directed

Title Credit Airdate Series/Banner
The Congress 1988
Thomas Hart Benton 1988
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery November 4, 1997
Mark Twain January 12, 2002
Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip October 6, 2003

Producer

Series Produced

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Civil War 1990 Producer miniseries
Baseball 1994 Executive Producer miniseries
The West 1996 Executive Producer miniseries
Thomas Jefferson 1997 Producer miniseries
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony 1999 Producer miniseries
Jazz 2001 Producer miniseries
The War 2007 Producer miniseries

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Produced

Title Credit Airdate Series/Banner
The Congress Producer 1988
Thomas Hart Benton Producer 1988
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery Executive Producer November 4, 1997
Mark Twain Producer January 12, 2002
Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip Producer October 6, 2003

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Emmys

(6 Nominations, 2 Won)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Informational Special (1986)
The Statue of Liberty
  • Won: Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming (1991)
The Civil War
  • Won: Outstanding Informational Series (1991)
The Civil War
  • Nominated: Outstanding Informational Special (1992)
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
  • Won: Outstanding Informational Series (1995)
Baseball
  • Nominated: Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming (1995)
Baseball
  • Nominated: Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming (2001)
Jazz
  • Nominated: Outstanding Non-Fiction Series (2001)
Jazz
  • Won: Outstanding Nonfiction Special (2005)
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Nominated: Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (2005)
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Humanitas Prize

  • Won: Documentaries - Special Awards Category (1991)
The Civil War

International Documentary Association

  • Won: Career Achievement Award (2002)
  • Won: IDA Award (1991)
The Civil War: The Cause

PGA Awards

  • Won: Television Producer of the Year Award (1991)
The Civil War
  • Won: Vision Award - Television (1998)
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

St. Louis International Film Festival

  • Won: Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
  • Won: Best Documentary Award (2002)
Mark Twain

Western Heritage Awards

  • Won: Western Documentary (1998)
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Western Writers of America

  • Won: Best Documentary Script (1998)
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Trivia