Brian Burns

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Brian Burns
Born Long Island, New York, United States
Residence Manhattan, New York
Occupation Screenwriter, producer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Kelly Turlington
Children 2

Brian Burns is an American screenwriter and producer.

Early life[edit]

Burns was born and raised in Long Island, New York, in the Gibson area of Valley Stream, New York. He attended Chaminade High School and graduated from Hewlett High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland where he majored in Film. He is the son of Edward J. Burns, New York City Police Sergeant and former Spokesman for the NYPD. He is also the brother of American filmmaker Edward Burns.


After graduating, Burns moved to Washington DC to pursue a career in political journalism. He served as a copy writer and Segment Producer while covering Capitol Hill and the Clinton White House for The Fox Morning News at Washington D.C.'s affiliate WTTG. Burns then wrote and produced the popular political roundtable discussion, Off the Record which aired as part of The Fox Morning News.

Burns then returned to New York City where he made the transition from political journalism to Hollywood screenwriter when, along with his brother, he created That's Life and The Fighting Fitzgeralds,[1] which starred Brian Dennehy and Connie Britton.

In 2002, Brian wrote and directed You Stupid Man[2] starring David Krumholtz, Milla Jovovich, William Baldwin and Denise Richards. The film premiered on October 18 at the Hamptons International Film Festival.[3]

Burns spent the next several years in Los Angeles while serving as a writer and Supervising Producer on the HBO hit series Entourage,[4] where he wrote several episodes, including the fan favorite, "Return of the King," which is colloquially known as "The Yom Kippur Episode." Burns received two Emmy nominations [5] and multiple Writers Guild of America Award[6] nominations for his work on Entourage.

Burns then returned to New York to serve as Executive Producer of the popular CBS police procedural Blue Bloods[7] starring Tom Selleck. Burns has been with show since its inception and has written over thirty episodes. Burns was nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Award[8] for his Blue Bloods episode titled "The Job" that centered on the events of 9/11.

Burns wrote Daddy's Home (2015), a Paramount Pictures comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The film was said to be loosely based on Burns' experience upon becoming a stepfather.

Burns wrote The Fight Before Christmas - a comedic screenplay - which is being produced by Matt Alvarez and Broad Green Pictures.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Brian Burns's brother, Edward Burns, is married to supermodel Christy Turlington and Brian is married to Turlington's sister, Kelly Turlington Burns. Together they have two sons, Mack Burns and Parker Burns. They reside in Manhattan.


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