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Film maker Ken Burns speaks to members of the press on July 13, 2004 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Burns has just finished a documentary on boxer Jack Johnson who was heavy weight champion at the turn of the century but was mistreated because he was black, and arrested on trumpted up charges for violating the Mann Act...(UPI Photo/Michael Kleinfeld)
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Kenneth Lauren "Ken" Burns (born July 29, 1953) is an American director and producer of documentary films known for his style of using archival footage and photographs. Among his most notable productions are The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), and The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009).

Burns' documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards (Brooklyn Bridge in 1982 and The Statue of Liberty in 1986) and have won seven Emmy Awards, mostly for The Civil War and Baseball.

Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Lylia (née Tupper), a homemaker, and Robert Kyle Burns, an anthropology professor. His brother Ric Burns also has become a noted documentary filmmaker.

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