Edward Fitzgerald Burns (born January 29, 1968) is an American actor, film producer, writer and director. Burns was born in Woodside, Queens, New York, the son of Molly (nee McKenna), a federal agency manager, and Edward J. Burns, a public relations spokesman and police officer. He was raised a Roman Catholic. Burns is the second of three children (with siblings Mary and Brian) in an Irish American family. He was raised in Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island. He briefly attended Chaminade High School before transferring to Hewlett High School. After high school, Burns attended SUNY Oneonta and University at Albany, before earning a degree in English from Hunter College in 1992.
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