CONFIDENCE hunk Ed Burns credits his father with inspiring his flourishing movie career.

The New York native believes that if it hadn't been for his dad he would have never become a writer, actor and director - and may have never met and married sexy wife Christy Turlington.

He says, "I'm especially close to my Dad. He was the one who pushed me into films and I'm so glad he did.

"I was studying English literature at University when my dad bought me a book on screenwriting. He was basically hoping it would get me off my a** and doing something focused.

"He was right of course. He always is."

22/08/2003 13:16