Ken Burns

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Kenneth Lauren Burns (born July 29, 1953) is an American filmmaker and historian known for his documentary films and television series, many of which chronicle American history and culture. His work is often produced in association with WETA-TV and/or the National Endowment for the Humanities and distributed by PBS. His widely known documentary series include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Roosevelts (2014), The Vietnam War (2017), and Country Music (2019). He was also executive producer of both The West (1996), and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ken Burns has received more than 5,723,425 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Ken Burns is the 1,393rd most popular film director (down from 1,299th in 2019), the 9,548th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,150th in 2019) and the 368th most popular American Film Director.

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.7M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 44.19

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 35

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.58

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.25

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Ken Burns by language

Over the past year Ken Burns has had the most page views in the with 485,010 views, followed by German (18,306), and French (10,190). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malagasy (131.22%), Norwegian (Nynorsk) (84.42%), and Finnish (57.57%)


Among film directors, Ken Burns ranks 1,393 out of 2,041Before him are Edward Lachman, Lev Kulidzhanov, Flora Gomes, Hugh Wilson, James Gray, and François Dupeyron. After him are Michael Hoffman, Pierre Morel, Pál Gábor, Terry Zwigoff, Robert Lepage, and Geoffrey Unsworth.

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Among people born in 1953, Ken Burns ranks 449Before him are Don Dokken, Larry Miller, Gary Johnson, Brigitte Zypries, Teburoro Tito, and Deborah Raffin. After him are Mindy Sterling, Jan Davis, Yoshiharu Horii, Manouchehr Mottaki, Giannina Braschi, and Lesley Nicol.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ken Burns ranks 9,548 out of 20,380Before him are Ruben Santiago-Hudson (1956), Kevin Moore (1967), Brian Grazer (1951), Mary Eaton (1901), Karl Rove (1950), and Horatio Greenough (1805). After him are Mindy Sterling (1953), George Russell (1923), Norman Alden (1924), Arnold Denker (1914), Michael Wong (1965), and Randy Weston (1926).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Ken Burns ranks 368Before him are Rich Moore (1963), Alfred E. Green (1889), James Young (1872), Edward Lachman (1948), Hugh Wilson (1943), and James Gray (1969). After him are Michael Hoffman (1956), Terry Zwigoff (1949), Paul Bartel (1938), Alan Rudolph (1943), Haskell Wexler (1922), and Albert Pyun (1953).