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James Burrows Biography

  • Profession: Director
  • Born: Dec 30, 1940
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

A familiar name to many a television viewer, writer/producer/director James Burrows has been associated with some of the most successful television sitcoms ever. From producing [[Feature~V174892~Cheers~cheers[tvseries]]] and [[Feature~V173518~Will & Grace~willgrace[tvseries]]] to directing episodes of [[Feature~V175171~The Mary Tyler Moore Show~themarytylermooreshow[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V174856~The Bob Newhart Show~thebobnewhartshow[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V258668~Frasier~frasier[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V258653~Friends~friends[tvseries]]], and News Radio, it's impossible to deny Burrows' influence on modern television. A native of Los Angeles and the son of writer/director [[Performer~P183143~Abe Burrows~abeburrows]], James graduated from Ohio's Oberlin College before getting his start in TV directing episodes of [[Feature~V175171~The Mary Tyler Moore Show~themarytylermooreshow[tvseries]]] and [[Feature~V174856~The Bob Newhart Show~thebobnewhartshow[tvseries]]]; the remainder of the decade found him taking the helm of episodes of [[Feature~V175306~Rhoda~rhoda[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V282908~Laverne & Shirley~laverneshirley[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V271914~Lou Grant~lougrant[tvseries]]], and [[Feature~V216966~Taxi~taxi[tvseries]]]. As the '70s gave way to the '80s Burrows looked for ways to expand his resumé and exercise more creative control. Teaming with writer/director brothers [[Performer~P168172~Glen~glencharles]] and [[Performer~P168171~Les Charles~lescharles]] in 1982, the trio formed Charles Burrows Charles Productions and soon made television history with the beloved sitcom [[Feature~V174892~Cheers~cheers[tvseries]]]. Throughout the following two decades, Burrows directed numerous hits on the small screen, and even after [[Feature~V174892~Cheers~cheers[tvseries]]] went off the air in 1993, he remained extremely active as a TV director. His work on [[Feature~V174892~Cheers~cheers[tvseries]]] earned him numerous Emmys, and the 15-time Director's Guild of America nominee remains neck and neck with prolific television director [[Performer~P110084~George Schaefer~georgeschaefer]] as the man with the most nominations from the organization. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi