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.
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.
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; FM, 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.
The Writer Speaks: Allan Burns - Part 1
Allan Burns, co-creator of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, talks about his life as a writer. Part 1 of 2.
Allan Burns, Norman Lear, Carl Reiner on Butting Heads with Their Networks
The veteran producers behind 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'All in the Family' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' share how they encountered problems with their networks.
Allan Burns and Sam Clayberger talk Jay Ward (Rocky & Bullwinkle / Cap'n Crunch / Mr. Peabody)
Sunday, March 16th at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica writer/TV Program creator Allan Burns and artist Sam Clayberger reflected on their time spent working for Jay Ward. The talk was moderated...
Burns & Allen: Lambchops (1929)
George Burns and Gracie Allen in the Warner Bros. Vitaphone short "Lambchops." An adorable look at two comic legends in their early years and the final years of vaudeville. This video is property...
The Writer Speaks: Allan Burns - Part 2
Allan Burns, co-creator of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, chats about his life as a writer. Part 2 of 2.
Allan Burns on the final episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Full interview at: http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/allan-burns.
Allan Burns and Sam Clayberger talk Jay Ward Rocky & Bullwinkle Cap'n Crunch Mr Peab
Allan Burns on coming up with "Cap'n Crunch" ads - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Full interview at http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/allan-burns.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Co-Creator Allan Burns Interview (Cap'n Crunch, Rocky & Bullwinkle)
Are you a lover of classic television, both sitcoms and cartoons? Then you've come to the right place. Allan Burns is the creator of such iconic shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Room 222,...
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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:22:30 -0700
“It is the way of the future,” says Allan Burns, Director of University Safety at Carleton University. “It really allows us to manage our parking much better.” Carleton adopted the technology in some lots this year and his hoping to expand the program ...
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:41:38 -0700
Nardo subsequently became a writer on the show, but it was only after humiliating herself during a discussion with her then brand-new bosses, the show's creators James Brooks and Allan Burns. The two were driving with Pat in the car and discussing bad TV.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:19:29 -0700
Judges for the 2015 Haiku Invitational are Michael Dylan Welch, Allan Burns and Katherine J. Munro. The festival begins April 2 with the annual Cherry Jam Downtown Concert, which this year takes place from noon to 1:20 p.m. at the indoor concourse of ...
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:30:00 -0700
Allan Burns, chairman of NHS Fife, said, “I am delighted to present this year's Alison Scott Memorial Award to these two deserving recipients. “Both have shown a real willingness to develop and enhance the care they provide and their experiences will ...
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:44:53 -0800
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Native Staten Islander Allan W. Burns, 67, of Middletown, N.J., a retired commercial diver, died Wednesday in Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, N.J.. Born in Mariners Harbor, he settled in Middletown in 1974. Mr. Burns worked ...
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:26:15 -0800
Zimmer served as an assistant producer on My Mother the Car, which was created by Allan Burns (The Mary Tyler Moore Show). The series lasted just 30 episodes, airing from September 1965 through April 1966. The show starred Jerry Van Dyke as an ...
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:22:50 -0800
NHS Fife board chairman Allan Burns said the report was “extremely disappointing” when the NHS was constantly striving to raise the standard of care it provides. Meanwhile, the interim chief executive, Dr Brian Montgomery, stressed: “NHS Fife is fully ...
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:29:03 -0800
PETA campaigners were in the middle of planning our next #SeaWorld protest on THIS couch, moments before the crash. (@peta/Twitter). An SUV slammed into PETA's Bob Barker Building in Echo Park this morning, interrupting a plan to protest Sea World.
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