PROFILE
Name:
Burr Steers
Birth Date:
1966
Birth Place:
Famous for:
'Igby Goes Down' (2002)
BIOGRAPHY
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Igby Goes Down

Background:

Actor, director, and screenwriter Burr Steers garnered numerous accolades and became famous for his bravura behind-the-scene-effort in Igby Goes Down (2002), where he took home a2003 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Award and countless nominations, including an Independent Spirit and Online Film Critics Society. He also served as the screenwriter for the Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey starring vehicle How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003).

In front of the camera, Steers has played minor roles in Quentin Tarantino’s films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Reservoir Dogs (1992, voice), Martin Scorsese’s Naked in New York (1993) and Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco (1998). He also has resumed his acting career by making guest appearances in several TV series, including “Silk Stalkings” 91993).


Evidence Room

Childhood and Family:

Named for his forerunner, Aaron Burr, Burr Steers was born in 1966. His mother, Nina Auchincloss Steers, was the stepsister of actress Jacqueline Kennedy, and he is the nephew of the New York native actor Gore Vidal. Burr got his first acting lessons with Sandy Meisner. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he was a founding member of the Evidence Room Theater Project.


Behind and In Front of the Camera

Career:

Trained by Sandy Meisner, Burr Steers kicked off his professional acting career by playing supporting role Bub in director Scott Spiegel’s crime/horror film Intruder when he was 23 years old. The same year, he made his TV movie debut with a small part in the Western Billy the Kid (1989), starring Val Kilmer and written by his uncle Gore Vidal. A guest spot in an episode of “Room for Romance” (1990) and a voice-over work in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), where he provided one of radio vices, followed.

Back to movie with supporting part, Steers found himself acting with Eric Stoltz, Timothy Dalton, Kathleen Turner and Whoopi Goldberg in the Martin Scorsese-produced comedy-romance Naked in New York (1993). The same year, he also appeared as Jason Lyons in an episode of “Silk Stalkings.” Starting to explore the world of directing in early 1990s, Steers was eventually noted for his effort in the highly praise production of Tennessee Williams’ final play “Vieux Carre” at the Los Angeles Playhouse, that same year.

The next year, Steers resumed his acting career by rejoining filmmaker Quentin Tarantino in the crime/drama Pulp Fiction, which starred such big names as John Travolta, Tim Roth, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. He did not appear in another movie, however, until 1997’s Fix, costarring as Mitch, and made his last movie appearance as Van in director Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco, the following year. Actress Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale are at top bill.

After several years disappearing from filmmaking, Steers attracted the interest of public as a director and screenwriter for the comedy Igby Goes Down (2002), which marked his first venture into directing and writing movie. Telling about a disobedient and mocking 17-year-old boy who deals with his father’s mental illness and his mother’s cancer by chasing relationships with older women, the film was a favorite among critics. As a result, Steers was awarded the 2003 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Award for Best First Time Director and earned a number of nominations such as an Independent Spirit, a Las Vegas Film Critics Society and a Golden Satellite for Best Screenplay, an Online Film Critics Society for Best Breakthrough Filmmaker as well as a Montréal World Film Festival.

Steers subsequently penned the screen play for comedy/romance How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) for director Donald Petrie and starring Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey and Kathryn Hahn. He also directed episodes of 2004’s TV series “The L Word” and an episode of the Jenji Kohan-created sitcom “Weeds” (2005).


Awards:

  • U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: Best First Time Director, Igby Goes Down, 2003
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