William Paul Burns

William Paul Burns

  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Writer

William began his career in New York City after completing his studies at Northwestern University/Miami University. He first studied with Master Daniel Serra, Metropolitan Opera singing teacher, was invited into the Metropolitan Opera Training Program, at The Julliard School of Music. At the same time Lee Strasberg brought William into his private classes, where he became a scholarship student. After performing in a number of operas in New York City, William formed a group known as the Metropolitan Opera Sextet, with other members from the Metropolitan Opera Training Program. They performed in various settings in and around New York City. William carried his singing talents to the Broadway Stage. First, in Mel Brooks / Joshua Logan / Charles Strouse/ Lee Adams musical “All American,” followed by Albert Marr’s production of “Man of La Mancha.”

William soon became a life member of the highly respected Actors Studio, was invited by Lee Strasberg to be in his Broadway production of “The Three Sisters” followed by Vivian Matalon’s Broadway production of “After the Rain”. Bill continued working On Broadway/Off-Broadway, most notably in the highly acclaimed production of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” originating the role of Bromden.

Followed by Robin Wagner/Gene Frankel production of “Orpheus” In “The Royal Hunt of the Sun”, the Critics said: “STUNNING is the word for William Burns Atahuallpa...whose strikingly powerful stage presence is SPELLBINDING, this man moves like an animal..” Next, Bill worked with one of Americas great playwrights, Tennessee Williams, in “Camino Real,” at the Williamstown Playhouse, where he received standing ovations, night after night, was proclaimed, “The Definitive Kilroy” by Tennessee Williams. The New York Times agreed with the playwright, the production was filmed, and placed in the National Archives at Lincoln Centre, New York City, as the definitive work of Tennessee Williams. This is one of the highest honor’s that can be awarded a playwright, is a lasting tribute to his play, cast, also to William, who receive high praise for his sensitive and explosive portrayal of Kilroy.

William spent some time on staff at Princeton University where he taught in the Humanities Program, and was a “Guest Artiest” performing the role of Vershinin in “The Three Sisters”. In LA, William was in the highly acclaimed production of “Are you Now or have you Ever Been” directed by William Devane, revival of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “King Lear”. William’s portrayal of the Earl of Gloucester received high praise for his vitality, warrior like presents, as well as his volcanic explosions of emotional anguish.

In 2009 William wrote a screenplay “A Hero of Our Time” which is an epic, romantic, visual Feast, based on the novel by Mikhail Lermontov.

His slate consists of action packed, romantic adventure epics. "Johannes" romantic comedy based on a true story of one of the world’s great Bon Vivant. "Summertime on Gull Lake", original story of War and Unrequited love and the freedom of independence. "A Hero of Our Time" based on the Great Russian novel by Mikhail Lermontov, 300 million copies sold worldwide. "Chiem" 16 year old Vietnamese girl trapped in a world of high fashion and espionage. "Age of Innocence" 1950-1960. Small town USA. Story of first love, when all things seemed real, before President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy assignation. Before the Beetles and the Vietnam War… William was also co producer for “The Master and Margarita” novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, with John Cusack.

A few of the artiest William-Paul has worked with: Francis Ford Coppola, Kim Stanley, Lamont Johnson, Mitch Douglas - ICM Literary Agent, Dino DeLaurentis, Lee Strasberg, Paula Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Arthur Penn, Harold Clurman, Richard Avedon, Robert Loggia, Nikos Psacharapoulos,Joseph Campbell, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tennessee Williams, Geraldine Page, Bon Jovi, Vivian Matalon, Albert Marr, Mel Brooks, Shelley Winters, Joshua Logan, Lee Sankowich, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Cecil-Beaton, Sid Shienberg & Laurane Shienberg, Freddie Fields - Milton Goldman -Sue Mengers [ICM], MOTP-Maestro Serra, Robin Wagner, Shirley Knight, Sergei Bodrov, Dean Aaron Lemonick - Princeton University, Charles Band, Penelope Spheeris, Noel Black, Michael Campos, Hector Olivera AR, Robert Weaver, Thomas Job DE, Andy Morahan UK, Sir Peter Ustinov UK, Florence Riggs, Seth Riggs, Barbara Bragg, Linda Gates, Sue Seton, Phyllis Grandy, Ron Fields, Ron Lewis, Mat Maddox, Sandra Seacat, Penny Allen.

Known For:Blood Dolls (1999) | Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica (1994) | Lipstick (1976) | Play Murder for Me (1990)

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Box Office
A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

Action, Adventure, Romance

Boudica

Boudica

Action

Chiem

Chiem

Drama

Johannes

Johannes

Comedy, Romance

The Imprisonment of Blance Monnier