Michael Burns

Michael Burns

Dec. 30th, 1947
Born in
Mineola, Long Island, New York, USA

Michael Burns' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Wagon Train TV Show
Wagon Train
Dundee and the Culhane TV Show
Dundee and the Culhane
It's a Man's World TV Show
It's a Man's World

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Michael Burns is a former child actor who went on to a distinguished career as a historian, writer, and college professor. He is now retired and raising thoroughbred horses in Kentucky. He was familiar to television audiences of the early 1960s as the teenage character Barnaby West on the popular "Wagon Train" series. After other TV and films credits in his late teens and early 20s, Burns left acting to pursue his interest in history, graduating from the University of California. He earned a Ph. D. from Yale University in 1977 and wrote an acclaimed history book, "Dreyfus", about the Dreyfus Affair. Between 1980-2002, Burns was a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

  • He has abandoned acting to become a college professor. According to the dust jacket of his book "Dreyfus", he "teaches Modern European History at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. He holds degrees from the University of California and Yale University."
  • Retired in 2002 from his faculty position at Mount Holyoke College, completing a 22-year career there. He and his wife moved to Kentucky and restored a historic horse farm in Kentucky and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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