Ken Burns
Ken Burns
Celebrated Name: Ken Burns
Real Name/Full Name: Kenneth Lauren Burns
Gender: Male
Age: 70 years old
Birth Date: July 29, 1953
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality: American
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Weight: 75 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Amy Stechler Burns

(m. 1982; div. 1993)

Julie Deborah Brown (m. 2003)

Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Sarah BurnsLilly Burns, and

Olivia BurnsWilla Burns

Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A/Yes (name)
Is Ken Burns Gay?: No
Profession: Filmmaker
Salary: NA
Net Worth in 2024: $2 million
Last Updated: April 2024

Ken Burn is a well-known American moviemaker who is widely known for his award-winning documentary series. Some of his best creations include Baseball, The Civil War, Jazz, The War, Prohibition, The Roosevelt, The Vietnam War Country Music, and more. He is appreciated for his style of capturing photographs and using archival footage.  He has earned Academy Award nominations twice in his career (in 1981 for Brooklyn Bridge and 1985 for The Statue of Liberty).

Maybe you know about Ken Burns very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Ken Burn’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Kenneth Lauren Burns was born in the year 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Robert Kyle Burns and Lyla Smith. He has graduated in cultural anthropology at the University of Columbia in Manhattan. He has a younger brother named Ric Burns, who is a documentary filmmaker.

When he was a child, he moved to several places with his family. Some of these places were France, Delaware, and Michigan. His father used to teach at Michigan University. His mother was identified with breast cancer at the age of three. She died when Kenneth was only 11. According to him, it was a very terrible moment in his life that transformed him.

He got an 8 mm film camera when he turned 17 through which he shot a documentary related to an Ann Arbor factory. In 1971, he did his graduation from Pioneer High School. He later attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where students were graded via narrative evaluations in place of letter grades. To pay his tuition fee, he also worked in one record store. Burns studied under the guidance of photographers named Elaine Mayes, and Jerome Liebling. In 1975, he received his Bachelor’s degree in film studies and design.

Personal Life

In 1982, he married Amy Stechler.  They had two daughters, named Lilly, and Sarah. Unfortunately, their marriage had to end in divorce in the year 1993. He married his second spouse named Julie Deborah Brown on October 18, 2003. Since 2017 he has been living with her in New Hampshire. Deborah is the founder of a not-for-profit organization where she assists would-be parents in poverty. The couple gave two daughters, named Willa Burns and Olivia.

Burns is also a keen quilt collector. Approx. 1/3rd of the coverlets from his collection are showcased at “The International Quilt Study Center and Museum” at the Nebraska University from January 19, 2018, to May 13, 2018.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on July 29, 1953, Ken Burns is 70 years old as of today’s date 21st April 2024. His height is 5 ft 9 inches tall, and his weight is 75 kg.


Burns started working as a cinematographer for the Italian television, BBC, and others. By 1977, he had completed a few documentary short films. He began to work on adapting the book “The Great Bridge.” This book was about creating the Brooklyn Bridge. Burns has developed a signature style documentary movie-making.

In 1984, he came up with yet another documentary film named Hearts to God and The Shakers: Hands to Work in 1984. In 1985, his movie The Statue of Liberty was nominated for Oscar.

Burns has created a long and successful career in directing as well as producing well-received TV documentaries that covered a diverse range of subjects that included art, mass media, sports political history, music, literature, and environmentalism.

Awards & Achievements

Throughout his career, he has been awarded several prestigious awards. Some of them have been mentioned below:

In 2014, Peabody Award for The Central Park Five

In 1982, he got nominated for Academy Award for Documentary Feature for this film Brooklyn Bridge (released in 1981);

In 1986, he got nominated for the nomination, Academy Award for his Documentary Feature Film: The Statue of Liberty (released in 1985);

In 1995, he was awarded Emmy Award for an Outstanding Informational Series: Baseball (released in 1994);

In 2010, he was awarded Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Series: The National Parks: (released in 2009).

In 2008, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 2012, Burns was honored with the Washington University International Humanities Medal along with a cash reward of $25,000. The award was given to honor him for his humanistic endeavors in the area of journalism, scholarship, arts, and literature.

In 2013, he received the “John Steinbeck Award” by the John Steinbeck Family Foundation, The National Steinbeck Center, and San Jose State University.

Net Worth & Salary of Ken Burns in 2024

Ken Burns Net Worth
Ken Burns Net Worth

As of April 2024, Ken Burns is a popular US producer and director who has a total net worth of $2 million. He has been best known for his fabulous direction and production in the area of documentary films.

Burn is admired for his distinctive style of using archival photographs and footage. He has also won several Emmy Awards that made him a celebrity in the world.


  1. To whom it may concern, I would very much like to send an email to Ken Burns, an alumnus of Hampshire college. Is this possible and if so, would you please send me his email address? Thank you. From Eugene Brassard. 56 Maplewood Dr. New Glasgow, Nova Scotia,Canada B2H 5Y2
    My email: [email protected]


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