Robert John Burke

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Robert John Burke
Born (1960-09-12) September 12, 1960 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater State University of New York at Purchase
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present

Robert John Burke (born September 12, 1960) is an American actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Burke was born in New York City, the son of immigrants from Galway, Ireland.[1] He attended the Acting Conservatory at SUNY Purchase in the mid-1980s.

Career[edit]

Burke was a castmember 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 alum 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Burke holds a 3rd degree black belt in Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Okinawan Karate. He has a twin brother,[citation needed] who made a cameo appearance in Richard Stanley's 1993 film Dust Devil, playing his twin.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
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
Thinner Billy Halleck
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
Piggie
2004 Speak Mr. Neck
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)
Munich Belligerent American
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
2011 Limitless Pierce
2012 Safe Captain Wolf
2013 2 Guns Jessup
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Equalizer O'Toole Episode: "Torn"
1995 Crazy for a Kiss Steve TV movie
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 Falcone Jules Weller
2002 Witchbalde Det. Dean Gorner Episode: "Agape"
Sex and the City Walker Lewis 2 episodes
2000-2003 Oz Special Agent Pierce Taylor 8 episodes
2003 CSI: Miami FBI Agent Jim Resdon Episode: "Blood Brothers"
2004 The Sopranos Officer Zmunda Episode: "Two Tonys"
1995-2004 Law & Order Arthur 'Buzz' Palley / FBI Agent Ron Innes / Lt. Colonel Milton Danbury 3 episodes
2006 Six Degrees David 2 episodes
2006-2007 Kidnapped Bellows 10 episodes
2007 Queens Supreme Special Agent Jeff Donaldson Episode: "Permanent Markers"
2008 Generation Kill Major General James 'Chaos' Mattis 3 episodes
2010 Blue Bloods Jyle Hogan 3 episodes
2002-2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit IA Sgt./Lt. Ed Tucker 15 episodes
2011 White Collar Patrick O'Leary Episode: "The Dentist of Detroit"
2004-2011 Rescue Me Mickey Gavin 54 episodes
2012 NYC 22 Deputy Inspector Dennis McClaren Episode: "Thugs and Lovers"
2011-2013 Person of Interest Officer Patrick Simmons 16 episodes
2012 Army Wives General Kevin Clarke 14 episodes
2007-2012 Gossip Girl Bart Bass 19 episodes

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