James Burrows

James Burrows

Birthplace: 
Los Angeles, CA
Birthday: 
December 30

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James Burrows is an American television director who has been working in television since the 1970s.

Burrows has directed over 50 television pilots and co-created the long-running television series Cheers.

While working as a stage manager and director in theater, Burrows wrote to Mary Tyler Moore and her then husband Grant Tinker seeking a job at their production company, MTM Enterprises. In 1974, Tinker hired Burrows as a director for MTM Enterprises where he directed episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show.

Tinker asked director Jay Sandrich, known for his work directing The Mary Tyler Moore Show and later The Cosby Show and The Golden Girls, to serve as a mentor to Burrows.

Burrows has directed hundreds of episodes of television series, including Laverne & Shirley, Night Court, Wings, Frasier, Friends, NewsRadio, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Pearl, Dharma & Greg, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Superior Donuts, and the 2017 revival of Will & Grace.

James Burrows was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2006.


AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

42 Nominations 10 Emmys 1 Honor

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special - 2019

Hall of Fame - 2006

  • Winner
  • James Burrows, as Honoree

Outstanding Comedy Series - 2005

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series - 2005

Outstanding Comedy Series - 2004

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series - 2003

Outstanding Comedy Series - 2003

Outstanding Comedy Series - 2002

Outstanding Comedy Series - 2001

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1993

  • Nominee
  • James Burrows, Executive Producer
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1992

  • Nominee
  • James Burrows, Executive Producer
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1991

  • Winner
  • James Burrows, Executive Producer
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES - 1990

  • Nominee
  • James Burrows, Director
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1989

  • Winner
  • James Burrows
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1988

  • Nominee
  • James Burrows
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1987

  • Nominee
  • James Burrows
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1986

  • Nominee
  • James Burrows
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1985

  • Nominee
  • James Burrows
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1984

  • Winner
  • James Burrows
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

Outstanding Comedy Series - 1983

  • Winner
  • James Burrows
  • CHEERS
  • NBC

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES - 1980

  • Winner
  • James Burrows, Director
  • Taxi
  • ABC

Photos

  • James Burrows
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  • James Burrows and Debbie Easton arrive for An Evening Honoring James Burrows
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  • Emcee Pete Hammond and honoree James Burrows
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  • Bob Newhart and his Emmy pay tribute to James Burrows
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  • Rhea Perlman shares a Cheers story about James Burrows
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  • Front: Bob Broder, James Burrows and Jay Sandrich. Rear: Warren Littlefield, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Billy Gardell, Nyambi Nyambi, Louis Mustillo and John Ratzenberger.
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  • Emcee Pete Hammond, honoree James Burrows and television executive Warren Littlefield
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  • Debra Messing grabs a selfie of this Will & Grace reunion with director James Burrows and co-star Eric McCormack
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  • Jennifer Corby leads the audience in a sing-along to the Cheers theme
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  • Jay Sandrich (R) toasts his protege and friend James Burrows
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  • Jennifer Aniston recalls being cast on Friends with James Burrows
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  • James Burrows with Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges from "The Millers"
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  • Eric McCormack regales James Burrows, Megan Mullalley and Debra Messing with a tale from Will & Grace
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  • Mark Roberts and James Burrows participate in an Evening with Mike & Molly
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  • Mark Roberts and James Burrows participate in an Evening with Mike & Molly
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  • Melissa McCarthy, Billy Gardell, Chuck Lorre, Reno Wilson, Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Nyambi Nyambi, James Burrows, Don Foster
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News

May 16, 2016
Debra Messing, James Burrows and Eric McCormack
October 15, 2013