Robert John Burke
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|Robert John Burke|
September 12, 1960 |
East Northport, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||State University of New York at Purchase|
Robert John Burke (born September 12, 1960) is an American actor.
Early life and education
Burke was a cast member on Denis Leary's Rescue Me and played Bart Bass on The CW's Gossip Girl. He was working on the TV series Kidnapped for NBC and was a featured character on ABC's series Six Degrees. Burke has also had recurring roles on Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (where he has the recurring role of NYPD Internal Affairs lieutenant Ed Tucker, a frequent nemesis for the SVU detective squad), Person of Interest (as a crooked cop working for the mob) and appeared on The Sopranos in 2004. He was also on Sex and the City in seasons four and five playing Miranda's hookup. Also, in 2004 Burke played the role of Mr. Neck in the independent film Speak.
Burke's largest mainstream role to date has been taking over the lead from Peter Weller in RoboCop 3. He is notable for being a regular performer in fellow Purchase alumnus Hal Hartley's indie films, such as 1989's The Unbelievable Truth and 1992's Simple Men. He also had a small role in Hartley's 1995 film Flirt.
He starred in Richard Stanley's 1993 film Dust Devil, and in 2001's No Such Thing, in which he plays a foul-mouthed mythical beast living in Iceland. In 1996, he played the lead role in the Stephen King adaptation Thinner. More recently, 2005 was a big year for Burke, having had a small yet memorable role in the John Polson film Hide and Seek, a psychological thriller starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. He also had small roles in the Academy Award-nominated films Munich directed by Steven Spielberg and Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney.
In 2008, he portrayed Major General James Mattis, Commanding General of 1st Marine Division in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. Burke also portrayed Gen. Ned Almond, commanding general of the 92nd Div., Buffalo Soldiers, in the 2008 Spike Lee film Miracle at St. Anna. He appeared in the 2012 film Safe.
In 2014 he appeared in an episode of Last Week Tonight parodying his role on Law & Order.
Burke has two children. He spent several days at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks assisting with the search and rescue. He has since become a New York State certified firefighter. He also recently traveled to New Orleans to assist in the re-building of New Orleans fire houses.
Burke holds a 3rd degree black belt in Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Okinawan Karate. He has a twin brother, who made a cameo appearance in Richard Stanley's 1993 film Dust Devil, playing his twin.
|1981||The Chosen||Levi Saunders||as Robert Burke|
|1986||Nightmare Weekend||Dave||as Robert Burke|
|1989||The Unbelievable Truth||Josh||as Robert Burke|
|1991||Rambling Rose||Dave Wilkie||as Robert Burke|
|1992||Dust Devil||Dust Devil||as Robert Burke|
|Simple Men||Bill McCabe||as Robert Burke|
|1993||A Far Off Place||Paul Parker||as Robert Burke|
|RoboCop 3||RoboCop / Alex J. Murphy||as Robert Burke|
|Heaven & Earth||G.I. Paul|
|Tombstone||Frank McLaury||as Robert Burke|
|1995||Flirt||Men's Room Man #||as Robert Burke|
|Killer: A Journal of Murder||R.G. Greiser|
|1996||If Lucy Fell||Handsome Man|
|Fled||U.S. Marshal Pat Schiller|
|1997||May day - Flag in den Tod||Tom Hutton||as Robert Burke|
|Cop Land||Officer B|
|First Love, Last Rites||Henry|
|1998||Somewhere in the City||Frankie|
|2001||No Such Thing||Monster|
|2002||For Earth Below||Automated Bank Voice (voice)||Short film|
|State Property||Bob||as Robert Burke|
|Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||Inspector Jenks|
|2003||Tea Time with Roy & Sylvia||Roy||Short film|
|Connie and Carla||Rudy|
|2005||Hide and Seek||Steven|
|Good Night, and Good Luck.||Charlie Mack||Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with cast)|
|2006||The Oh in Ohio||Binky Taylor|
|Jack's Law||Det. Ron Banks|
|2007||The Ex||Colonel||as Robert Burke; previously titled Fast Track|
|2008||Miracle at St. Anna||General Ned Almond|
|2010||Brooklyn's Finest||State Trooper #1|
|1986||The Equalizer||O'Toole||Episode: "Torn"|
|1995||Crazy for a Kiss||Steve||TV movie|
|1995-2004||Law & Order||Arthur 'Buzz' Palley / FBI Agent Ron Innes / Lt. Colonel Milton Danbury||3 episodes|
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Jeffrey Andrews||Episode: "Abduction"|
|From the Earth to the Moon||William Anders||2 episodes|
|A Bright Shining Lie||Frank Drummond||TV movie|
|Alptraum im Airport||Paul Bacon||as Robert Burke|
|2000-2003||Oz||Special Agent Pierce Taylor||8 episodes|
|2002||Witchblade||Det. Dean Gorner||Episode: "Agape"|
|Sex and the City||Walker Lewis||2 episodes|
|2002-2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||IA Sgt./Lt. Ed Tucker||17 episodes|
|2003||CSI: Miami||FBI Agent Jim Resdon||Episode: "Blood Brothers"|
|2004||The Sopranos||Officer Zmunda||Episode: "Two Tonys"|
|2004-2011||Rescue Me||Mickey Gavin||54 episodes|
|2006||Six Degrees||David||2 episodes|
|2007||Queens Supreme||Special Agent Jeff Donaldson||Episode: "Permanent Markers"|
|2007-2012||Gossip Girl||Bart Bass||19 episodes|
|2008||Generation Kill||Major General James 'Chaos' Mattis||3 episodes|
|2010||Blue Bloods||Jyle Hogan||3 episodes|
|2011||White Collar||Patrick O'Leary||Episode: "The Dentist of Detroit"|
|2011-2013||Person of Interest||Officer Patrick Simmons||16 episodes|
|2012||NYC 22||Deputy Inspector Dennis McClaren||Episode: "Thugs and Lovers"|
|2012-2013||Army Wives||General Kevin Clarke||16 episodes|
|2013||Golden Boy (TV series)||Andrew Lightstone||Episode: "Next Question"|
|2014||Nurse Jackie||Dick Richards||2 episodes|