Sitcom Dear John was a huge thing when it first aired back in 1988 and during the years that followed. The series followed the life of John, a divorcee who lost his house to his ex-wife and ended up into an apartment in the Rego Park neighborhood of Queens where he joined the One-To-One Club, a group of people who are divorced and single.
Actor Jere Burns played the role of Kirk Morris, a cocky, self-styled ladies’ man who would have probably been dubbed ‘creep’ if the series was filmed nowadays.
Dear John was Burns’ big breakthrough, and his career only went upwards throughout the years.
The truth is that Burns into sports during hight school and while at university but acting ‘interfered’ with his plans of becoming an athlete after he joined the drama program at the private high school in Cambridge he attended.
He was into acting and relocated to Manhattan to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts – but the aspiring actor left after a year and a half. At the time, he was 25 and his girlfriend, whom he later married, was pregnant.
Then, just as he was about to give up acting for good, a friend of his offered him a place at the New York Shakespeare Festival. There, Burns got the chance to closely follow the work of two aspiring actors who later made it big in the film industry, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.
Finally, in 1988, Burns was casted for the role of sleazy Kirk Morris. The show was a huge success and Burns became a household name.
Speaking of his celeb status, Burns said in 1990, “People say, ‘Is it a pain in the neck that people recognize you in the streets?’ No, it’s flattering. It’s gratifying. That’s not why I do what I do, but it’s a nice byproduct. Trying to affect people, trying to make a difference in some way – touch people. It seems a little cliched to say that when you’re in a half-hour sitcom and playing a guy like I play, but that’s the way I view it.”
What followed were some more successful projects, such as his role in the hit series Breaking Bad, where he portrayed the group leader for a Narcotics Anonymous meeting as a part of a twelve-step program, which main character Jesse Pinkman attended.
“Breaking Bad was so well written that you said exactly what was on the page. There was no room for any kind of improvisation or even fussing with the words. That’s not the way they, I think they were open to it, but there was no need for me to change a thing. I read exactly what was on the page every time I worked,” he told Yahoo.
Most recently, the Massachusetts-born actor appeared in Justified and Angie Tribeca and had a guest-starring role in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Burns was married three times and has four children.
However, besides his successful career in the industry of film, Burns’ name has been found in magazines for another reason. Apparently, people are convinced he went under the knife and had a number of procedures. In fact, they claim he went too far.
During his lengthy interview with Kevin Pollack, Jere was asked if he had worked with country singer Kenny Rogers. “I’m gonna say it was before the eye job?” Pollak asked. Burns then decided to make a joke about himself and said, “Listen, I think it looks natural. Are you kidding, what?” before he started playing around with his face.
Burns tends to keep his life private and.
We love all the roles this actor treated us with over the years, and we believe he looks awesome at 67.
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