Billy Burke (actor)

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Billy Burke
Billy Burke Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Burke at WonderCon, Anaheim, California, March 30, 2013
Born William Albert Burke
(1966-11-25) November 25, 1966 (age 48)
Bellingham, Washington, US
Occupation Actor, Musician
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Pollyanna Rose
Children 1

William Albert "Billy" Burke (born November 25, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Charlie Swan in Twilight and its sequels. He is also known for his role as Gary Matheson in the Season 2 of 24. In 2011, he played Cesaire in Red Riding Hood. In 2012, he was cast as the lead character, Miles Matheson in the NBC science-fiction series Revolution. He currently stars in Zoo.

Life and career[edit]

Burke was born in Bellingham, Washington. He is married to actress Pollyanna Rose; they have a daughter named Bluesy LaRue Burke.[1][2]

His television credits include roles in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (in the episode "Second Skin"), Party of Five, Gilmore Girls, Karen Sisco, Fringe, Monk, and The Closer (Season 4, episode 13, "Power of Attorney" playing an attorney, who was a rapist and murder suspect, Phillip Stroh). He played Detective Eric Box in the film Untraceable.

His motion picture credits include Jane Austen's Mafia!, Along Came a Spider, Final Jeopardy, Flashpoint and Ladder 49. His upcoming film credits include The Fallen, Forfeit, Fracture, and Retirement. He appeared in Feast of Love (2007), co-starring Selma Blair and Morgan Freeman.

In 2008, Burke appeared in Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer, playing the role of Charlie Swan.[3] He also portrayed Bobby's brother Jack on the show My Boys. Burke reprised his role as Charlie Swan in Twilight's sequels, New Moon[4] and Eclipse.

In February 2010, Burke was cast as Jonah King, the primary antagonist featured in the thriller Drive Angry,[5] which was directed by Patrick Lussier[6] and co-starred Amber Heard, Nicolas Cage, and William Fichtner.[7] It was released on February 25, 2011.

In July 2010, Burke appeared in the TNT drama series Rizzoli & Isles.[8][9]

In 2012, he was cast as the lead in the NBC science-fiction series Revolution, created by Eric Kripke and produced by J.J. Abrams.[10] Burke's characters in 24 and Revolution have the same last name (Matheson).

Burke reprised his role in The Closer (Season 7, episode 16, "Hostile Witness," playing the rapist and murderer, attorney Phillip Stroh). He appeared again in the series finale, "The Last Word", in a face-off against the LAPD. He later reprised the role in the spin-off Major Crimes season three finale Special Master though his character has had an ongoing impact on the show from the beginning.

Burke currently stars as veterinarian pathologist, Mitch Morgan, in CBS's Zoo, based off of the James Patterson novel.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Daredreamer Dante of the Three D's
1991 To Cross the Rubicon James Bird
1996 Marshal Law Monk Television film
1996 The Ultimate Lie N/A Television film
1996 Gone in the Night Rob Kinney Television film
1998 Don't Look Down Mark Engel
1998 Without Limits Kenny Moore
1998 Mafia! Joey Cortino
1999 Komodo Oates
1999 Dill Scallion Dill Scallion
2000 The Independent Dwayne
2001 Final Jeopardy Mike Chapman Television film
2001 Along Came a Spider Ben Devine
2001 After Image Sammy
2002 Flashpoint Shaw Television film
2003 Lost Junction Jimmy McGee
2003 Something More Peter
2004 Ladder 49 Dennis Gauquin
2005 World Poker Tour Himself
2007 Feast of Love David Watson
2007 Fracture Lt. Robert 'Rob' Nunally
2007 Forfeit Frank
2007 Three Days to Vegas Billy Simpson
2007 Backyards & Bullets N/A Television film
2007 HBO First Look Himself
2008 Twilight Charlie Swan
2008 The Grift Wade Buchanan
2008 Untraceable Detective Eric Box
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Charlie Swan
2009 Luster Tito
2009 Ticket Out Dennis
2009 Baby O Sergio
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Charlie Swan
2010 Removal Eric Kirsche
2011 Drive Angry Jonah King
2011 Red Riding Hood Cesaire
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Charlie Swan
2012 Freaky Deaky Chris Mankowski
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Charlie Swan
2013 Angels in Stardust The Cowboy
2013 Highland Park Lloyd Howard

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Party of Five Guy in Club Episode: "Fathers and Sons"
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ari Episode: "Second Skin"
1995 Strange Luck N/A Episode: "Over Exposure"
1995 Vanishing Son Spider McKeun Episode: "Sweet Sixteen"
1995 All-American Girl Cody Episode: "Notes from the Underground"
1996 Party of Five Gil Episode: "Poor Substitutes"
1997 VR.5 Marco Episode: "Parallel Lives"
2000 Wonderland Dr. Abe Matthews 5 episodes
2002–03 24 Gary Matheson 7 episodes
2003 Karen Sisco Merle Salchek Episode: "Dumb Bunnies"
2003 Gilmore Girls Alex Lesman 3 episodes
2004 The Jury John Ranguso 2 episodes
2004 Monk Brad Terry Episode: "Mr. Monk and the T.V. Star"
2007 Law & Order Attorney Farmer Episode: "Charity Case"
2008–09 My Boys Jack Newman 5 episodes
2008 Fringe Lucas Vogel Episode: "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"
2009–12 The Closer Phillip Stroh 3 episodes
2010–12 Rizzoli & Isles Gabriel Dean 4 episodes
2012–14 Revolution Miles Matheson 42 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2015 Major Crimes Phillip Stroh 2 episodes
2015–present Zoo Mitch Morgan 9 episodes

Writer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Something More
2004 Dead & Breakfast story

Producer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Something More co-producer

References[edit]

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