Ken Burns is an influential {{documentary}} maker known for his films on American history. Since the 1980s, he has made over a dozen documentary miniseries for Creator/{{PBS}}, including ''The Civil War'' (1990), ''Baseball'' (1994), ''Frank Lloyd Wright'' (1998) ''Jazz'' (2001), ''The War'' (2007), ''The National Parks'' (2009), ''Prohibition'' (2011), and ''The Dust Bowl'' (2012).

Burn's documentaries are known for their unique style. He uses the technique known as TheKenBurnsEffect, made famous in ''The Civil War''. Burns also uses distinct musical scores, such as the upbeat string arrangements of ''The War'' or the song "Ashokan Farewell", which was played over twenty times for ''The Civil War''. His films are able to attract some ''very'' esteemed actors to do voice over work, usually reading contemporary diaries and letters (The Civil War featured MorganFreeman, LaurenceFishburne and JeremyIrons among others). Another trademark is that a character will usually say their name and the year they wrote their thoughts. Burns has become well-known in the documentary world as a result, and many other filmmakers have emulated his style.