Ed Burns was working as a gofer at Entertainment Tonight when he wrote and directed The Brothers McMullen, the story of an Irish-Catholic family on Long Island, at his parents' home for $20,000. Legend has it that after slipping a copy of the film to ET guest Robert Redford, Burns landed a spot at Sundance and ended up walking away with the top prize in 1995. The win made Burns an indie sensation and he followed up a year later with She's the One, starring Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, and, naturally, Burns himself.
In the late 1990s, Burns used his newfound fame to focus on his acting career, and had parts in big-budget flicks like Saving Private Ryan and 15 Minutes alongside Robert De Niro Burns now divides his time between acting gigs that pay the bills (The Holiday, 27 Dresses, Friends With Kids), and writing/directing/appearing in the chat-driven, New York-centric comedies about beer-drinking dudes that made him famous, like The Groomsmen, Purple Violets, and Newlyweds.
Burns dated Lauren Holly and Heather Graham before marrying Turlington in 2003. The couple has two kids, Finn and Grace.