Who is Ken Burns?

SINCE THE 1970s, Ken Burns has become a valued name in historical filmmaking.

On Monday, April 4, 2022, the first half of his two-part Benjamin Franklin documentary will release via PBS.

Who is Ken Burns?

Born on July 29, 1953, Ken Burns is a native of New York.

Burns and his family moved around often throughout his childhood – from France to Michigan.

At the age of 11, Burns lost his mother to breast cancer.

The now 68-year-old began filmmaking when he was 17, receiving his first camera that year for his birthday.

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After graduating from Pioneer High School in 1971, Burns attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

He, Elaine Mayes, and Roger Sherman founded the Florentine Films production company in New Hampshire in 1976.

What is Ken Burns' net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ken Burns has an estimated net worth of around $1.5million.

Throughout his decades-long career, Burns has worked on over 40 films.

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His documentaries include:

  • Brooklyn Bridge (1981)
  • The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984)
  • The Statue of Liberty (1985)
  • Huey Long (1985)
  • The Congress (1988)
  • Thomas Hart Benton (1988)
  • The Civil War (1990)
  • Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1992)
  • Baseball (1994)
  • Thomas Jefferson (1997)
  • Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (1998)
  • Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999)
  • Jazz (2001)
  • Mark Twain (2001)
  • Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003)
  • Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005)
  • The War (2007)
  • The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)
  • Prohibition (2011)
  • The Dust Bowl (2012)
  • The Central Park Five (2012)
  • Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit (2013)
  • The Address (2014)
  • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)
  • Jackie Robinson (2016)
  • Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)
  • The Vietnam War (2017)
  • The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science (2018)
  • Country Music (2019)
  • Hemingway (2021)
  • Muhammad Ali (2021)

Burns has two documentaries scheduled to release in 2022: one on Benjamin Franklin, the other on the Holocaust.

Is Ken Burns married?

Ken Burns and Amy Stechler married in 1982.

Together, they share two daughters: Sarah and Lilly, both of whom now work in the media.

In 1993, Burns and Amy divorced.

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He remarried in 2003 to Julie Deborah Brown, the founder of the non-profit Room to Grow.

They also have two daughters: Olivia and Willa.

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