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For other people named Allan Burns, see Allan Burns (disambiguation).
Allan Burns
Born (1935-05-18) May 18, 1935 (age 79)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Producer/Screenwriter
Years active 1961–2006
Spouse(s) Joan Bailey (1964-present)
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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, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda.

Early life[edit]

Burns was born May 18, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. He was born and raised Jewish. He attended the University of Oregon between 1953 and 1957.[1]


He is a former writer for The Bullwinkle Show. Burns also produced the television shows Cutters (1993), The Duck Factory (1984), and co-wrote the unaired version of the 1965 pilot episode of The Smothers Brothers Show. Before breaking into television and film, Burns started in animation, working for Jay Ward and collaborating and animating The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Dudley Do-Right, and George of the Jungle. Burns also created the 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 The Munsters (1964) and My Mother the Car (1965), and were later hired by producer Leonard Stern as story editors for the CBS series He & She, 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 Get Smart.

In 1969, Burns began a partnership with James L. Brooks after being impressed with the television pilot for Brooks's show Room 222. Burns joined the Room 222 writing staff and later produced the series.

After Room 222, television executive Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns to develop a television series for CBS starring Mary Tyler Moore. In 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered and became a critically acclaimed series, spawning spin-off series such as Lou Grant and Rhoda. Brooks and Burns also created the 1974 situation comedy Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers. Burns also wrote and produced three television series; F.M., Eisenhower and Lutz, and Cutters.

Burns has also done screenwriting for movies. Most notably, A Little Romance for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplays Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, Just the Way You Are and wrote and directed Just Between Friends.


  1. ^ Robert S. Alley. "Burns, Allan". Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 

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Fast Company

Fast Company
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 03:07:30 -0700

You will walk into collaborations better prepared. You will have more certainty as to what is expected of you and what role you might be asked to play in a particular circumstance. To quote producer Allan Burns, when describing one of the ultimate ...
Dunfermline Press
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:01:14 -0700

Mr Philp attended NHS Fife's annual review in July to quiz cabinet secretary for health Alex Neil and health bosses over the issue but although there appeared to be little encouragement over a re-think, he is set to meet NHS Fife chair Allan Burns to ...
Bainbridge Island Review
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:37:30 -0700

Shawley, who moved to the island from Seattle in 1951 with his parents when he was only 8, took over the downtown staple flooring and carpet installation business from Allan Burns McCoskrie, son of the store's original owner, in 1972. Dulay, Shawley's ...
A.V. Club
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:03:45 -0700

I still felt confined by it, but then I got into this great situation with Allan Burns, who was so wonderful, and Pat Richardson, DeLane Matthews, and Henderson Forsythe. We just had a really great group, great actors, and we had this very creative ...

Fife Today

Fife Today
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:56:15 -0700

Allan Burns, chairman of NHS Fife, presented lead clinician Dr Mark Francis, MCN manager Lynne Garvey and patient participation group chairman Joe Dobson with a special award in recognition of its significant work. Established in NHS Fife in 2003, the ...


Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:18:45 -0700

Aunque la idea era buena, el proyecto no prosperó, hasta que en la década de 1960 una idea similar se presentó a Universal Studios por Rocky y Bullwinkle y los escritores Allan Burns y Chris Hayward y así, el 24 de septiembre de 1964 vio la luz esta ...

Puebla Noticias

Puebla Noticias
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:33:45 -0700

La serie donde habitan vampiros, hombres lobo, dragones y monstruos de todo tipo, sigue viva desde su creación por Rocky y Bullwinkle y los escritores Allan Burns y Chris Hayward. El 24 de septiembre de 1964, fue cuando esta serie que fue ...

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