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Portrayed by: Dino Stamatopoulos
First appearance: "Spanish 101"
Last appearance: "Modern Espionage"
Date of birth: 1972
Home town: Denver, Colorado
Occupation: former DRUG DEALER, Cat car salesmen


— Star-Burns, "Digital Exploration of Interior Design".

Star-Burns portrayed by Dino Stamatopoulos.
Alex Osbourne, more commonly known as simply "Star-Burns" is a middle-aged student at Greendale Community College known for his sideburns he shaved to look like stars. Though he enjoys the attention he receives because of them, he dislikes the nickname that comes along with it. He insists on being called his real name "Alex" but contradictorly refuses to shave his distinctive side burns. Over the years, he has constantly tried to forge another identity beyond his facial topiary. This included wearing a top hat in his second year at school and later adding his pet bearded dragon in his third year to his ensemble. He is also seen wearing glasses, though it is unclear whether he needs to. A somewhat shady character, he is shown to be a thief, a drug user and also a drug dealer. He was once married to a woman named Magda and has a son, presumably from that union, who appears to be a respectable businessman. His first appearance was in the Season One episode "Spanish 101". He is portrayed by actor/comedy writer and consulting producer of the show Dino Stamatopoulos.

Character history[]

Season One[]

Hey Winger, check out Annie. Someone just went to the top of my to-do list!

–Star-Burns, "Romantic Expressionism".

School year synopsis

Star-Burns is first seen in Spanish class and is given his nickname by Chang. At the Halloween party, he mistakenly believes Pierce's daily medications are illegal drugs and trades one of his own drugs for two of them. It's revealed he is a member of the campus' "cool" study group and he considers Troy and Abed (along with Pierce's) application for membership into the elite circle. On Valentine's Day he shaves the sideburns to look like hearts making him "Heart-Burns". Star-Burns makes a creepy comment about Annie much to the disgust of Jeff and Britta. His son stops by Greendale for the "Family Day" event the school throws. He attends Boating class with Britta, Troy, Shirley and Pierce. His job was to man the "iron jenny" which meant driving the flat bed trailer the sail boat was attached to. Star-Burns popularity is revealed to be tied to his job as the cafeteria fry cook and his access to the most popular food item on the menu: Chicken Fingers. He teams up with Pierce in the episode "Modern Warfare" for the school's annual game of Paintball Assassin. When Pierce sees that Troy, Abed and Jeff have formed an alliance he eliminates Star-Burns to join them. At the end of the school year, he is at the "Tranny Dance" and witnesses the love triangle showdown for Jeff's affections between Michelle Slater and Britta. When everyone at the dance gives their opinion on who Jeff should choose Star-Burns helpfully opines that they should bring Conan back.

2009 - 2010 semester

"Spanish 101": Star-Burns DJ's at Annie and Shirley's protest rally.

"Social Psychology": Star-Burns is seen in Spanish 101 class during Chang's harangue about teacher evaluations.

"Advanced Criminal Law": Star-Burns is seen in Spanish 101 class when Troy messes with Abed.

"Introduction to Statistics": Star-Burns regrets trading his recreational drugs for Pierce's strictly medicinal ones at the Halloween party.

"Environmental Science": In the cafeteria, Star-Burns criticizes the Dean's announcement of changing the school's name to Envirodale for green week.

"Investigative Journalism": Star-Burns is seen in the end tag acting as the judge for those that want to enter the cool study group.

"Romantic Expressionism": Star-Burns calls Jeff a "douche bag" and when he observes Annie with Vaughn tells Jeff that Annie has gone to the top of his "to do" list.

"Communication Studies": Star-Burns is seen in Spanish 101 class when Troy and Pierce send Valentines gifts to themselves and when Chang receives the fake letter from Princeton.

"Basic Genealogy": Star-Burns' son visits him on campus for Greendale's "Family Day" event.

"Beginner Pottery": Star-Burns takes a boating class with Pierce, Shirley, Britta and Troy.

"The Science of Illusion": Star-Burns calls Pierce "Cookie Crisp" when seeing him in wizard's robes in the cafeteria.

"Contemporary American Poultry": Star-Burns is fired from his Chicken Fingers frying gig in the cafeteria thanks to the study group.

"Modern Warfare": In the Paintball Assassin game, Star-Burns is teamed with Pierce. Pierce betrays and shoots him so that he can be teamed with the Study Group.

"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Star-Burns helps Jeff choose between Slater and Britta by exclaiming "Bring Conan back!".

Season Two[]

Geez...why don't you guys just get a r-r-o-R-R-G-H-H-H!!!

–Star-Burns to Annie and Rich, "Epidemiology".

School year synopsis

At the beginning of the 2010 Fall semester, Star-Burns adds a top hat to his look in order to draw attention away from his sideburns. He makes a rude comment in Anthropology class during Professor June Bauer's opening lecture. She responds by shooting him with a blow dart laced with poison that temporarily paralyzes him. Star-Burns attends the school's Halloween party in the library where Pierce infects him with a strange virus after biting his arm. The following semester, Ben Chang calls in a favor Star-Burns owes him for a pizza and invites him to a party at Jeff's apartment. Star-Burns ends up inviting a bunch of students from Greendale including Magnitude. At the end of the school year, he participates in the annual game of Paintball assassination. He again joins forces with Pierce in his makeshift safe haven from the battle "Fort Hawthorne". Later he fights for Greendale alongside his fellow students in a paintball war against the City College Storm Troopers who invaded the school.

2010 - 2011 semester

"Anthropology 101": Star-Burns angers the Anthropology professor June Bauer and pays dearly for it.

"Accounting for Lawyers": Along with Garrett, Leonard and other students, Star-Burns is a member of the "Poppy Longstockings" dance team.

"Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples": Star-Burns is part of Abed's production team filming his movie "Abed".

"Epidemiology": Star-Burns is dressed as a pirate for Halloween and is infected by Pierce with a mysterious contagion.

"Aerodynamics of Gender": Star-Burns is part of Troy and Abed in the Morning! holding a turtle.

"Early 21st Century Romanticism": Star-Burns shaves his sideburns into "Heart-Burns" and goes to a party at Jeff's apartment.

"Intro to Political Science": Star-Burns is a candidate for Student Body president but withdraws his candidacy as he fears that it may cast a negative light on his career as a drug dealer.

"Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts": Star-Burns is in Anthropology 101 class when Shirley has her baby.

"A Fistful of Paintballs": Star-Burns works as an employee of "Fort Hawthorne", a safe zone away from the paintball game.

"For A Few Paintballs More": Star-Burns joins Troy's squad of Paintball commandos who are setting a trap for their City College enemies inside the Library.

Season Three[]

Kiss me! I'll explain later!

–Star-Burns to Quendra, "Basic Lupine Urology".

School year synopsis

At the start of the 2011 Fall semester Greendale, Star-Burns adds his pet bearded dragon to his ensemble, again to presumably draw attention away from the sideburns. After suggesting to Professor Marshall Kane that they team up to sell drugs, Star-Burns gets kicked out of Kane's biology class. He later becomes a prime suspect in the study group's investigation into the sabotaging of their biology yam project. At the end of the episode the school is informed that his car was rear-ended, causing the meth lab he had built in his trunk to explode and kill him. Abed later receives Star-Burns' video will and honored his request to make a tribute video of him. The study group reminisced about Star-Burns and it was revealed Britta made out with him one time at a party thrown by Fat Neil. Later, a memorial service held in his honor in the cafeteria deteriorated into a riot which caused the study group, who instigated it, to be expelled from school. It is later shown that Star-Burns had faked his death using tips from a handbook on the subject. He was last seen wearing a blonde wig although his star shaped sideburns were still visible.

2011 - 2012 semester

"Biology 101": Star-Burns gets kicked out of Professor Marshall Kane's Biology class.

"Regional Holiday Music": Star-Burns appears in the End Tag as a Christmas tree ornament chanting "My name is Alex" to the "Carol of the Bells".

"Digital Exploration of Interior Design": Star-Burns is seen as part of Abed's Pillowtown in the confrontation in Group Study Room F with Troy's Blanketsburg. Star-Burns throws the pillow that collapses part of the blanket fort and starts the war.

"Pillows and Blankets": Star-Burns is part of Abed's Pillowtown.

"Basic Lupine Urology": Star-Burns becomes the prime suspect in an investigation into the death of the study group's yam. It's later revealed that he died in a car accident.

"Course Listing Unavailable": The study group incites a riot during a wake held in honor of Star-Burns.

"Introduction to Finality": Star-Burns is shown to be alive and well, having faked his death. He is now wearing an obvious wig which barely covers his trademark sideburns.

Season Four[]


–Flyer for the Star-Burns tree planting ceremony.

School year synopsis

Due to his anxieties about graduating and leaving Greendale behind, Jeff daydreams a scenario involving "The Darkest Timeline" with his counterpart "Evil Jeff" invading his reality. In his imagination, a poster announcing a tree planting ceremony in Star-Burns honor is crookedly posted on a bulletin board in the school's hallway. Abed, in keeping with his obsessive compulsive tendencies, straightens the flyer before running into Evil Jeff. He shoots Abed with a paintball weapon which teleports him to Evil Jeff's alternate reality. Abed finds himself in the Darkest Timelines version of Dean Pelton's office where he encounters the fake dean. After running into the hallway he sees the same bulletin board but this time it's not a flyer for a Star-Burns memorial and instead an advertisement for a Star-Burns meth sale in the parking lot. Abed takes a moment to straighten that flyer out too before seeking out his evil counterpart.

Star-Burns Season Four
2013 semester

"Advanced Introduction to Finality": In a daydream Jeff has, two different flyers are seen posted on a bulletin board involving Star-Burns. Abed is shown looking looking at both of them.

Season Five[]

I didn't call the Dean! I don't call no one who don't call me!

–Star-Burns, "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics".

School year synopsis

In the study group's fifth year at Greendale, the menace known as the "Ass Crack Bandit" returns to terrorize the campus. Jeff, Annie and Dean Pelton follow a possible lead on the perpetrator to the school's stables. They are shocked to discover Star-Burns there very much alive. He had been hiding out there after having faking his own death. Star-Burns had spent his time there trying to design and create the worlds first cat powered vehicle. Pelton gets Alex to confesses to being the Ass Crack Bandit in return for his having some outstanding school burglary charges against him dropped. Star-Burns later admits to Jeff he wasn't the bandit and ultimately recanted his confession. A crowd-sourcing video featuring Star-Burns is shown who is taking donations for his cat car idea. Star-Burns later competes in a campus wide game of "Hot Lava" for the $50,000 prize Abed promised the winner. He is eliminated from the competition when Troy and Abed accidentally run him over with "The Orb". Star-Burns later participates when a new status ranking app called "MeowMeowBeenz" is beta-tested on the Greendale campus. He is unable to get ranked above a two and becomes a servant to the higher ranked users. He and an army of other "Twos" later help Britta overthrow the number one users who had taken control of the campus. He wore a special "Zardoz" costume for the occasion and continued to wear it after the revolution since there was still time on its rental. Towards the end of the year, an insurance appraiser named Ronald Mohammad declares Greendale to be a valuable city asset after finishing his investigation. After this announcement, Star-Burns immediately plays the song "Ants Marching" on his boom box staring an impromptu celebration. Buzz Hickey threatens Star-Burns to stop playing the song when it's revealed that the school board plans on selling the school. When a plan by Subway to buy Greendale falls through, Star-Burns again plays the song "Ants Marching" on his boom box starting another impromptu party.

2013 - 2014 semester

"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Star-Burns is discovered still alive and takes the blame for a series of assaults on campus.

"Geothermal Escapism": Star-Burns gets knocked into imaginary lava by "The Orb".

"App Development and Condiments": Star-Burns scores a low rank on the campus's new social network and later helps Britta take down the higher ranked users.

"Basic Story": Star-Burns plays the Dave Mathews Band song "Ants Marching" to celebrate the news that Greendale passed its insurance inspection.

"Basic Sandwich": Star-Burns once again plays "Ants Marching" when the school board's deal to sell Greendale to Subway falls through.

Season Six[]

I'm 50 here, I think I could go all the way!

–Star-Burns, "Modern Espionage".

School year synopsis

In the group's sixth year at Greendale, Star-burns is confronted by Todd in the parking garage and is asked if he's heard about the paintball game. Star-burns says that paintball has been banned. Todd pulls a paintball rifle on him, Star-burns pulls out a paintball pistol and a battle ensues. Star-burns tricks Todd and has him at his mercy. However, a mysterious player "kills" them both. The next morning, Frankie gets Star-burns to confess he was playing paintball. Star-burns describes the mysterious player as "Silver Ghost" and is escorted off campus ... forever.

2014 - 2015 semester

"Modern Espionage": Star-burns participates in last paintball game but is taken out by "Silver Ghost".


Star-Burns appears to have a strained relationship with the study group. He and Jeff Winger in particular appear to have some kind of rivalry, both describing the other as a "douchebag", likely due to his ogling of Annie Edison. In Anthropology class, Star-Burns reminisces about the time in which the study group went on a rafting trip, and how nice it was to have a class not about them. The study group ousts him from his job as a chicken fry-cook during "Contemporary American Poultry." In spite of all this, he and Pierce appear to be friends, trading drugs in "Intro to Statistics" and teaming up together during "Modern Warfare".

Ben Chang loves to mock him, drawing constant attention to the time it must take him to carve stars into his sideburns. After Chang becomes a student, an unspecified incident causes him to owe Chang a small frozen pizza.

Star-Burns has one son, who despite his father's laid back appearance, appears to be a successful businessman. He was married to a woman named Magda, to whom he gave herpes. In his video will, he confirms this saying, "To my ex-wife, Magda, I leave herpes, but she knows that."

Class history[]

Student Rec
Student Name: Alex Osbourne Major: Undeclared Enrolled: <span class="explain" title="At latest">2009 — <span class="explain" title="Did not graduate">2012}
Semester Course Instructor Enrolled Students
Fall 2009 Spanish 101 Señor Ben Chang Buddy Austin, Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry, Toby and Jeff Winger
Sailing Admiral Lee Slaughter Shirley Bennett, Troy Barnes, Pierce Hawthorne, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne and Britta Perry
Spanish 102 Señor Ben Chang,
Dr. Escodera
Buddy Austin, Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
Fall 2010 Anthropology 101 Prof. June Bauer,
Dr. Ian Duncan
Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
Economics Unnamed professor Shirley Bennett and Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne
Spring 2011 Anthropology 102 Dr. Ian Duncan Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Ben Chang, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Fat Neil, Rich Stephenson, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
Fall 2011 Biology 101 Prof. Marshall Kane Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Todd Jacobson, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Magnitude, Britta Perry, Jeff Winger and  Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne 


  • His age is somewhat vague:
    • In Season Two, Abed and Troy presented his age on his information card as 46 years old (born in 1965), a supporter of legalization, of Cambodian ethnicity and with the DJ nickname, Sparkles ("Intro to Political Science").
    • When he faked his death in Season Three however, Abed made him a memorial video that stated he was born in 1972, making him 41-40 years old, instead of 46 ("Course Listing Unavailable").
    • In Season Six, Star-Burns himself says he is 50, which falls in line with Troy and Abed's information card about him from Season Two and contradicts the memorial video from Season Three ("Modern Espionage").
  • He is prone to stealing backpacks that are left unguarded ("Basic Lupine Urology").
  • He is an avid user of pills and marijuana.
  • He had somewhat of a friendly relationship with Pierce, to the point where he traded narcotics for Pierce's legitimate medication ("Introduction to Statistics").
  • He almost always wears the same vest, and uses "some kind of crystal instead of deodorant" according to Abed, which does not work, if Annie's reaction to the smell of his vest is any indication ("For A Few Paintballs More").
  • He is a huge fan of the band Styx ("Course Listing Unavailable").
  • The evolution of Star-Burn's appearance after his return in Season Five repeats the one from the beginning of the series: while in Season Five he no longer has the hat or the bearded dragon and mostly looks like he did in Season One ("Geothermal Escapism"), Season Six sees the return of his hat from Season Two ("Modern Espionage").
  • In Communication Studies, he is seen wearing glasses while in the background as Chang emasculates Troy and Pierce


"Intro to Political Science"

I actually withdraw my candidacy. I fear a political career will shine a negative light on my drug dealing. Thank you.Star-Burns