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Robert John Burke

A born-and-bred New Yorker, Robert John Burke made his film debut while in his early 20s with a small part in the drama "The Chosen" (1981), based on the Chaim Potok story. He went on to study acting at SUNY Purchase where he met aspiring filmmaker Hal Hartley, who cast him as one of the leads in his debut feature "The Unbelievable Truth," an offbeat indie tale where he played a man trying to escape his troubled past. Working with Hartley again on the charming brother-centric dark comedy "Simple Men," Burke caught a major break when Hollywood producers decided that his chiseled jawline was the right one to replace Peter Weller's in the sci-fi/action sequel "RoboCop 3." Despite Burke's efforts, the movie tanked, and he went on to smaller roles in major films, including the lauded Western "Tombstone" (1993) and the prison-break movie "Fled" (1996). Burke landed his second chance in a Hollywood starring role with the Stephen King adaptation "Thinner" (1996), but the macabre tale, which featured him under heavy makeup to depict a callous man who magically loses weight, was deemed almost universally unlikable.Though Burke's leading-man days were mostly behind him, his beastly role in Hartley's "No Such Thing" (2001) aside, he soldiered on, and began increasingly working on television with recurring roles on the grim prison drama "Oz" and the police procedural "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Appearing in George Clooney's first two movies as director, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) and "Good Night, and Good Luck." (2005), Burke nonetheless became more familiar to TV audiences, particularly when he signed on to play Mickey Gavin, the ex-priest cousin of Denis Leary's lead character on the firefighter series "Rescue Me," a part that dovetailed with Burke's real-life second job as a New York State fireman.Often cast as a tough guy, the ruggedly handsome and tall actor continued to play imposing figures such as Major General James "Chaos" Mattis in the Iraq War miniseries "Generation Kill" (HBO, 2008) and Bart Bass, the controlling billionaire father of Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) on the soapy drama "Gossip Girl." Before long, he was juggling his ongoing "Law & Order: SVU" part with regular spots on the military drama "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007- ) and the tense crime show "Person of Interest" (CBS, 2011- ), while still finding time for supporting turns in films, including the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg action movie "2 Guns" (2013).

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Sep 12, 1960 in New York City - New York - USA
Aparitii in Filme/Seriale:
Primul film:
In movie Looking for Mr. Goodbar 1977-10-19
Ultimul film:
Film Being 2020-01-07
Cunoscut pentru
Poster of True Story
Poster of Person of Interest
Poster of Kidnapped
Poster of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Filme in care a jucat
Film Being Sheriff Campbell 2020-01-07
Serial Project Blue Book William Fairchild 2019-01-08
Film Boarding School Mr. Holcomb 2018-08-30
Film BlacKkKlansman Chief Bridges 2018-07-30
Film We Only Know So Much Hal 2018-06-23
Film Future '38 General Sportwood 2017-12-01
Film Where There's Smoke Captain Frascone 2017-04-01
Film True Story Greg Ganley 2015-04-17
Film Ned Rifle Chet 2015-04-01
Serial Allegiance Special Agent Brock 2015-02-05
Film 2 Guns Jessup 2013-08-02
Film Safe Captain Wolf 2012-04-16
Serial Person of Interest Officer Patrick Simmons 2011-09-22
Film Limitless Pierce 2011-03-08
Film Years Later: The Unbelievable Truth and Its Consequences Himself 2010-11-01
Serial Blue Bloods Jyle Hogan 2010-09-24
Serial White Collar Patrick O'Leary 2009-10-23
Film Brooklyn's Finest State Trooper #1 2009-01-16
Film Miracle at St. Anna General Ned Almond 2008-09-15
Serial Gossip Girl Bart Bass 2007-09-19
Film The Ex Colonel 2006-12-01
Serial Kidnapped Bellows 2006-09-20
Film The Oh in Ohio Binky Taylor 2006-03-30
Film Good Night, and Good Luck. Charlie Mack 2005-09-16
Serial American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Film Hide and Seek Steven 2005-01-27
Film Connie and Carla Rudy 2004-04-16
Film Speak Mr. Neck 2004-01-20
Film Piggie Jim 2003-06-13
Film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Instructor Jenks 2002-12-31
Serial CSI: Miami Unknown 2002-09-23
Film No Such Thing Monster 2001-05-12
Serial Witchblade Unknown 2000-08-27
Serial Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ed Tucker 1999-09-20
Film First Love, Last Rites Henry 1998-08-07
Film Somewhere in the City Frankie 1998-06-11
Film Midnight Flight Paul Bacon 1998-06-02
Film A Bright Shining Lie Frank Drummond 1998-01-01
Film Cop Land Officer B 1997-08-15
Serial Oz Unknown 1997-07-12
Film Mayday - Flug in den Tod Tom Hutton 1997-01-01
Film Fled Pat Schiller 1996-07-19
Film If Lucy Fell Handsome Man 1996-03-08
Film Killer: A Journal of Murder R.G. Greiser 1996-09-06
Film Thinner Billy Halleck 1996-10-25
Film Flirt Men's Room Man #2 1995-09-14
Film Tombstone Frank McLaury 1993-12-25
Film Heaven & Earth Paul 1993-12-24
Film RoboCop 3 RoboCop 1993-04-17
Film A Far Off Place Paul Parker 1993-03-12
Film Simple Men Bill McCabe 1992-10-14
Film Dust Devil Dust Devil 1992-07-11
Film Rambling Rose Dave Wilkie 1991-09-10
Film The Unbelievable Truth Josh 1989-04-01
Film Nightmare Weekend Dave 1984-04-01
Film The Chosen Levi Saunders 1981-08-20
Film Gangster Wars Officer Reardon 1981-04-09
Film Looking for Mr. Goodbar Patrick 1977-10-19