People: Aug. 10, 1998

CO-ED EDUCATION: IT CAN BE KOOKIE

To his friends and family, writer-director-actor Edward Burns is known as Ed or Eddie. But in the credits for his latest role, in Saving Private Ryan, he's listed more formally as Edward. Seems '50s television veteran Edd ("Kookie") Byrnes claims sole right to the name Ed Burns, no matter how it's spelled. Here's how to tell them apart:

EDWARD BURNS

--Directed and starred in film No Looking Back --Once worked at Entertainment Tonight, located near the Sunset Strip --Currently works in Hollywood --Born Edward Burns

EDD ("KOOKIE") BYRNES

--Starred in film Go Kill and Come...

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