Who is Jere Burns?

Jere Eugene Burns II was born on 15 October 1954, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and is an actor, known for his work both on television and in films. Some of the projects he’s been involved in during his career include “Dear John”, “Burn Notice”, and “Justified” in which he played the Dixie Mafia middle man Wynn Duffy.

The Net Worth of Jere Burns

How rich is Jere Burns? As of late-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through a successful career in acting.

He’s been active in the entertainment industry since 1970, including on the stage in his career spanning nearly five decades. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

There are very few details that have been revealed about Jere’s childhood and family, except that he is the son of a gown and cap manufacturer. He grew up in Cambridge and didn’t really have an interest in an acting career at a young age. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The public university is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system with over 30,000 students enrolled annually. It is ranked as the 70th best national university by the US News Report as of 2019. They offer over 200 degrees, and their athletic teams compete as a part of the NCAA Division I. Late in college, he developed a passion towards acting, and this would lead him to move to Manhattan, taking up stage roles. One of his first projects was the title role in “Don Juan” which was shown at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Jere Burns

Stage Career and Transition to Television

Burns would start by appearing in several Broadway projects over the next few years; his credits include “Hairspray” and “After the Night and the Music”, the latter a one-act play in three parts, based on the Howard Dietz song “You and the Night and the Music”. In 1984, he made his television debut in a small role in the ABC series “Mom’s On Strike”, then gained a recurring role in the popular TV series “Hill Street Blues”, in which he played rapist James Fitzsimmons. He also worked on the science fiction series “Max Headroom”, playing body collector Breughel.

In 1988, he gained one of his most notable roles as the sleazy Kirk Morris in “Dear John” – the NBC show is based on the British sitcom of the same name, and ran for a total of four seasons. The following year, he was cast in the film “Hit List” and then appeared as a villain in the miniseries “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw”. In 1993, he played Vice President of Sales Pete Schmidt in “Bob”, and a feuding family member in “Greedy”.

Latter Career and Recent projects

He continued his string of acting projects from the mid-1990s up to the 2000s. Some of his projects during this time include “Something So Right”, “Life Size”, “Twice in a Lifetime”, and “The King of Queens”. He also had roles in “Surviving Suburbia”, “Psych”, and “Grey’s Anatomy”. In 2010, he made an appearance in the series entitled “Breaking Bad”, playing the role of a group leader for the Narcotics Anonymous meeting. The show is a crime drama which aired on AMC, telling the story of a chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer, and as a result, turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s future before he dies.

Jere then had a recurring role in the FX show “Justified”, playing the role of Wynn Duffy. The crime drama show which aired over six seasons, received critical acclaim for the performances of its actors, as well as the directing and writing. During the fifth season of “Burn Notice” he then played the villain Anson Fullerton; the show starred Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, and Bruce Campbell. A few of his most recent projects include guest roles in “The X-Files” and “American Dad!”, as well as a minor voice role in the animated film “Incredibles 2”.

Personal Life and Social Media

For his personal life, it is known that Burns married Melissa Keeler in 1982 and they stayed together for 14 years before divorcing. A year later he married actress Kathleen Kinmont, who is known for her work in various horror films, but their marriage also ended in divorce after just two years. In 2008, he married for the third time, this time to Leslie Cohen, but divorced 10 after years. He has four children across his marriages.

He is a big fan of extreme sports such as surfing, wakeboarding and skiing, and has also competed in marathons and triathlons. Similar to numerous actors, he has a presence online through accounts on social media websites. His account on Facebook has over 900 followers but it has not been active since 2017, last posting during his career in “Justified”. He also has an account on Twitter which has over 2,000 followers, but hasn’t posted anything new on the account since 2016, last posting in promotion of his work with the show “Angie Tribeca”, which he was a part of from 2016 to 2018.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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  1. His face on Angie Tribeca – is that makeup, or does he really look like that?

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