Jere Burns

Jere Burns

Oct. 15th, 1954
Born in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Jere Burns' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Justified TV Show
Max Headroom TV Show
Max Headroom
Surviving Suburbia TV Show
Surviving Suburbia
Dear John TV Show
Dear John
Help Me Help You TV Show
Help Me Help You
Bob TV Show
Good Morning, Miami TV Show
Good Morning, Miami

Main Movie Roles

2011 - Prom
2008 - Otis
2001 - Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
1998 - My Giant
1998 - My Giant
1994 - Greedy
1986 - Let's Get Harry
1986 - Touch and Go

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Jack Farrell
Tom Booker
Anson Fullerton
Jake Abernathy
Group Leader
Brian Goodman
James Fitzsimmons
Mego (Voiced)
[Complete List]


Probably most well-known for his roles "Kirk Morris" and "Jack Farrell", with his sharp, raspy nasal voice, sneering smile and fierce look, Jere Burns has made himself really an actor to watch. He was drawn to acting late in college. After graduating, he re-established himself in New York and landed the title role of "Don Juan" at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He made his official TV debut in a small role in the ABC Afterschool Special _Mom's on Strike (1984) (TV)_. He got memorable recurring roles as felons, like the pathological rapist "James Fitzsimmons" in several episodes of the NBC drama series "Hill Street Blues" (1981) and body collector "Breugel" on "Max Headroom" (1987). By 1988, he broke through and the landed plum role of "Kirk Morris", the mucho-sleazo member of the "One-Two-One" club on "Dear John" (1988), a remake of the hit British sitcom. That role brought him instant recognition. He got cast in many similar roles after that. In 1993, CBS gave him the role (another Kirk Morris-like) of "Arnan Rothman" in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001), the villainous "Cade Dalton" in the NBC miniseries The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) (TV), and as a member of the loud, bickering, feuding family in Greedy (1994) and, in 1993, he was brought in as the hateful "Pete Schmidt", the vice president of sales, for the last season of "Bob" (1992). This Bob Newhart series was a huge flop, despite Newhart's winning track-record and Burns' strong performance (probably because Bob played an angry, cynical and short-tempered grump, which wasn't what he was so famous and loved for). Burns has played other Kirk-esque roles, but despite his track record of playing pure scum, he managed to get a different part in "Something So Right" (1996) as "Jack Farrell". Jere Burns still plays the most self-deconstructing and humbling role of his career to date (somewhat akin to his "Something So Right"), as the neurotic, nervous, self-humiliating "Frank Alfonse" on "Good Morning, Miami" (2002).

  • Attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. (BA in Literature), as well as Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY.
  • Saved a heart-attack victim's life using CPR at an Encino, CA restaurant in 1997.
  • Is a fanatic of extreme skiing, wakeboarding and surfing.
  • Worked as a cabdriver in Boston and as a lifeguard on Cape Cod, MA, during a two-year hiatus between high school and college.
  • Has run in marathons and competed in triathlons.
  • Ex-son-in-law of 'Abby Dalton' (qv).
  • Plays mostly characters akin to his "Kirk Morris" from _"Dear John" (1988)_ (qv) loud, obnoxious, sarcastic, smarmy, overbearing and villainous antagonists.
  • Has three children.

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