May 18, 1935
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
University of Oregon
Spouse(s) Joan Bailey (1964-present)
Allan Burns (born May 18, 1935) is an American screenwriter and television producer. Burns is best known for, alongside James L. Brooks, creating and writing for the television sitcoms , The Munsters and The Mary Tyler Moore Show . Rhoda
Early life [ edit ]
Burns was born May 18, 1935 in
Baltimore, Maryland, United States. He was born and raised Christian Scientist. He attended the University of Oregon between 1953 and 1957. [1 ]
He is a former writer for
. Burns also produced the television shows The Bullwinkle Show (1993), Cutters (1984), and co-wrote the unaired version of the 1965 pilot episode of The Duck Factory . Before breaking into television and film, Burns started in animation, working for Jay Ward and collaborating and animating The Smothers Brothers Show , The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show , and Dudley Do-Right . Burns also created the George of the Jungle Cap'n Crunch character for Quaker Oats.
After his stint writing for
Jay Ward, Burns formed a partnership with Chris Hayward. They created the series (1964) and The Munsters (1965), and were later hired by producer My Mother the Car Leonard Stern as story editors for the CBS series , for which they won an Emmy award for comedy writing. The last project between Hayward and Burns would be as story editors for the sitcom He & She . Get Smart
In 1969, Burns began a partnership with
James L. Brooks after being impressed with the television pilot for Brooks's show . Burns joined the Room 222 Room 222 writing staff and later produced the series.
Room 222, television executive Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns to develop a television series for CBS starring Mary Tyler Moore. In 1970, premiered and became a critically acclaimed series, spawning spin-off series such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant . Brooks and Burns also created the 1974 situation comedy Rhoda . Burns also wrote and produced three television series; Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers , FM , and Eisenhower and Lutz . Cutters
Burns has also done screenwriting for movies. Most notably,
for which he was nominated for an A Little Romance Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplays , Butch and Sundance: The Early Days and wrote and directed Just the Way You Are . Just Between Friends
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