Jere Burns' most memorable television character remains the sarcastic, self-proclaimed "swinger" Kirk Morris, who ruffled everyone's feathers in the singles support group on the television comedy series "Dear John." Giving viewers a chance to see another version of the American male, Burns' Jack Farrell is a solid, down-to-earth high school English teacher who is the glue that keeps his family together.
"Kirk was a little boy in men's clothes; his entire character was based on insecurity. Jack is the grounding wire of his family, and the secure root of this group," says Burns. "Jack is very close to myself and the life I lead now."
Burns studied acting on the graduate level at the NYU School of the Arts, after receiving a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He made his professional stage debut in "Don Juan" with the New York Shakespeare Festival and was general understudy in the off-Broadway production of "True West" before having the opportunity to star in the Obie Award-winning play. Other theater credits include "Sarcophagus" at the Los Angeles Theater Center and "Gillette" at the La Jolla Playhouse.
A hockey player in his youth, Burns made his feature film debut in "Touch and Go," a Michael Keaton film about hockey. He also appeared in "Hit List," "Wired," "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "Greedy."
Burns' television credits include recurring roles on the series "Max Headroom" and "Hill Street Blues." He has made guest appearances in the television series "Riptide," "Crime Story" and "Hunter." Burns will star in the upcoming NBC movie "Cradle Song" with "Frasier's" Peri Gilpin.
Burns lives in Mammoth Lake, Calif., where he enjoys coaching his children's soccer team in his spare time.
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