Burr Steers

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Burr Steers
Burr Steers (cropped).jpg
Steers at ComicCon 2015
Born Burr Gore Steers
October 1965 (age 50)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor
Relatives Gore Vidal (uncle)

Burr Gore Steers[1] (born October 8, 1965) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director; notable films include Igby Goes Down (2002) and 17 Again (2009). He is also the nephew of writer Gore Vidal.


Steers was born in Washington, D.C.[2][3] His father, Newton Ivan Steers, Jr. (1917–1993), was a Republican congressman from Maryland. His mother, Nina Gore Auchincloss, was the daughter of stockbroker and lawyer Hugh D. Auchincloss,[4] as well as a stepsister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the younger half-sister of the writer Gore Vidal.[5] Steers is a relative of vice president Aaron Burr, the third Vice President of the United States.[1][6] Steers' great-grandfather, Thomas Gore, served as Oklahoma's first Democratic senator, from 1907 until 1921 and from 1931 until 1937, while his great-great-grandfather, Oliver Burr Jennings, was a founder of Standard Oil. Steers' godfather is former Virginia Senator John Warner.

His brother Hugh Auchincloss Steers (1963–1995) was an American figurative painter whose later works often focused on AIDS as a theme. He has another brother, Ivan Steers, and five stepsiblings from his mother's second marriage to editor Michael Whitney Straight.[7]


Steers grew up living in Bethesda, Maryland and Georgetown, Washington, D.C., where he attended St. Albans School. Steers was expelled from both the Hotchkiss School and Culver Military Academy. He eventually earned his GED and attended New York University.[1]


Steers has had minor roles in a few of Quentin Tarantino's films, playing Roger (or "Flock of seagulls") in Pulp Fiction and providing one of the radio voices in Reservoir Dogs. He also has appeared in The Last Days of Disco, Fix and Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid.[citation needed]

He wrote and directed Igby Goes Down in 2002, an acidic, urban, coming-of-age film that starred Kieran Culkin and Susan Sarandon.[3] Steers also was the screenwriter of the film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, which starred Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. He has directed episodes of the television series Weeds, The L Word, Big Love, and The New Normal.[citation needed] Steers also directed the 2009 teen comedy film, 17 Again starring Zac Efron.

In 2010 Steers directed the drama Charlie St. Cloud, also starring Efron. Also in 2010, there was media coverage for Steers' being hired to direct an epic film about the early life of Julius Caesar to be based on the novels by Conn Iggulden as adapted from the first two novels of Iggulden's series, The Gates of Rome and The Death of Kings, and covering the years from 92 BC to 71 BC. Exclusive Media Group hired Steers after having the adaptation written by William Broyles and Stephen Harrigan.[8][9][10] Steers directed the 2016 film adaptation of the parody novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c "Film; A Family's Legacy: Pain and Humor (and a Movie)", New York Times, September 15, 2002.
  2. ^ Baskin, Ellen (August 28, 2002). "A Family Resemblance; The creator of 'Igby Goes Down' drew on the genteel poverty of his past". 
  3. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (September 13, 2002). "FILM REVIEW; On the Outs With Almost Everything". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Steers, Newton Ivan, Jr. (1917-1993)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  5. ^ "First Lady Biography: Jackie Kennedy". First Ladies' Biographical Information. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Ascending Steers". The Age (Melbourne). May 11, 2003. 
  7. ^ *Nigel West and Oleg Tsarev, The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB Archives (London: HarperCollins, 1998; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), pg., 130.
  8. ^ Bettinger, Brendan (June 26, 2013). "17 AGAIN Director Burr Steers Will Depict a Teenage Julius Caesar in EMPEROR: YOUNG CAESAR". Collider. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (May 26, 2010). "Burr Steers To Direct Julius Caesar Film Based On Conn Iggulden Novels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Hazelton, John (May 27, 2010). "Steers signs to direct Young Ceasar". Screen Daily. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Cook, Tommy (Feb 3, 2016). "Burr Steers on the Elaborate “Oner” He Cut from ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’". Collider. Retrieved Feb 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ Whittaker, Richard (Feb 4, 2016). "Adapting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved Feb 7, 2016. 

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