Billy Burke (actor)

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Billy Burke
Burke at WonderCon, Anaheim, California, March 30, 2013
William Albert Burke

(1966-11-25) November 25, 1966 (age 57)
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Pollyanna Rose

William Albert Burke (born November 25, 1966) is an American actor and songwriter. William is known for his role as Charlie Swan in Twilight and its sequels. In 2011, he played Cesaire in Red Riding Hood. In 2012, he was cast as one of the lead characters, Miles Matheson, in the NBC science-fiction series Revolution. From 2015 to 2017, he starred in the CBS series Zoo. He has also appeared in the supernatural horror film Lights Out (2016) and the thriller Breaking In (2018).

Personal life[edit]

Burke was born in Bellingham, Washington. [1] He was married to actress Pollyanna Rose; they divorced in 2017. They have one daughter, actor Bluesy LaRue Burke.[2][3] His longtime and current girlfriend is writer Cheyenne Carson.[4][5]


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 Phillip Stroh, a serial rapist and murderer, a character revisited in Major Crimes (see below). His motion picture credits include Jane Austen's Mafia!, Along Came a Spider, Final Jeopardy, Flashpoint, Ladder 49, Fracture, and Three Days to Vegas.

He appeared in Feast of Love (2007), co-starring Selma Blair and Morgan Freeman, and he played Detective Eric Box in the film Untraceable (2008) with Diane Lane.

Burke at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.

In 2008, Burke appeared in Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer, playing the role of Charlie Swan.[6] He also portrayed Bobby's brother, Jack, on the show My Boys. Burke reprised his role as Charlie Swan in the Twilight sequels, New Moon,[7] Eclipse and Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2.

In February 2010, Burke was cast as Jonah King, the primary antagonist featured in the thriller Drive Angry,[8] which was directed by Patrick Lussier[9] and co-starred Amber Heard, Nicolas Cage, and William Fichtner.[10] It was released on February 25, 2011. In July 2011, Burke appeared in the TNT drama series Rizzoli & Isles.[11][12]

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.[13] 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 returned as Phillip Stroh in a recurring role in the "Closer" spin-off Major Crimes with an ongoing impact on the show through its finale in 2018. From 2015-17, Burke starred as veterinary pathologist Mitch Morgan in CBS's Zoo, based on the James Patterson novel.[14] He has also appeared in the films Good After Bad (2017) and Breaking In (2018).

His most recent appearances on TV include shows like Chicago P.D., Most Dangerous Game, 9-1-1: Lone Star. He has recently starred in Maid, a new Netflix series created by Molly Smith Metzler and inspired by Stephanie Land's memoir "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive", that premiered globally on October 1, 2021 and became one of the most watched shows in many different countries, earning several nominations at the 2022 AFI Awards, Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globes.

He has also voiced Commissioner James Gordon in the animated DC movies Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One and Part Two released in 2021. In 2022, he joined the cast of CBS TV Studios' new drama Fire Country that was picked up by CBS in May; Burke plays Vince Leone, a third-generation Cal Fire and the fire chief of the community of Edgewater, California.[15]

In 2010, Burke released an album titled Removed. His second album, The Underkill, was released in 2018. His latest single is Burn, released on January 20, 2023 and featured in Fire Country episode 1x11 Mama Bear on the same day.[16]



Year Film Role Notes
1990 Daredreamer Dante of the Three D's
1991 To Cross the Rubicon James Bird
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 Along Came a Spider Ben Devine
2001 After Image Sammy
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 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
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
2015 Divine Access Jack Harriman
2016 Lights Out Paul
2017 Good After Bad Wes
2018 Breaking In Eddie
2021 Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One James Gordon Direct-to-video; voice role[17]
2021 Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two Direct-to-video; voice role[18]


Year Series 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 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"
1996 Marshal Law Monk Television film
1996 The Ultimate Lie Television film
1996 Gone in the Night Rob Kinney Television film
1997 VR.5 Marco Episode: "Parallel Lives"
2000 Wonderland Dr. Abe Matthews 5 episodes
2001 Final Jeopardy Mike Chapman Television film
2002 Flashpoint Shaw Television film
2002–2003 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"
2007 Backyards & Bullets Television film
2008–2009 My Boys Jack Newman 5 episodes
2008 Fringe Lucas Vogel Episode: "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"
2009–2012 The Closer Phillip Stroh 3 episodes
2010–2012 Rizzoli & Isles Gabriel Dean 4 episodes
2012–2014 Revolution Miles Matheson 42 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2015–2018 Major Crimes Phillip Stroh Recurring role
2015–2017 Zoo Dr. Mitch Morgan 39 episodes
2016 Chicago P.D. Jake McCoy Episode: "Some Friend"
2018 FBI Rowan Quinn Episode: "The Armorer's Faith"
2020–present 9-1-1: Lone Star Captain Billy Tyson Recurring
2020 Most Dangerous Game Reagan 5 episodes
2021 Maid Hank Russell Main role[19]
2022–present Fire Country Vince Leone Main role


Year Film Notes
2003 Something More
2004 Dead & Breakfast story


Year Film Notes
2003 Something More co-producer
2015 Divine Access co-producer


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  2. ^ "'Twilight' Star Billy Burke To Join His Wife And Daughter In 'Luster'". November 13, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Carroll, Larry (November 5, 2009). "'Twilight' Dad Billy Burke Hopes His Daughter Is Just Like Bella Swan - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "Filming Italy Sardegna".
  5. ^ "'The Way Back' premiere".
  6. ^ Tyson Beckford Enjoying Men's "Supermodel" Success/"Reno 911's Lennon Delivers the State of the State by Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith on – A Syndicate Of Talent Archived 2009-04-25 at the Wayback Machine
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  8. ^ ""Bella's Dad Drive's Angry"". Archived from the original on February 18, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
  9. ^ SD Comic-Con '10: First Official Stills from 'Drive Angry 3D'!
  10. ^ "Twilight's Billy Burke Next to Drive Angry"
  11. ^ "TNT Aggressively Expands Original Programming Slate by Greenlighting Three New Original Series" (Press release). Turner Broadcasting System. January 21, 2010. Archived from the original on May 9, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  12. ^ Reynolds, Mike (May 19, 2010). "2010 Cable Upfronts: TNT Leverages Sundays For Originals". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  13. ^ Day, Patrick Kevin (May 7, 2012). "NBC picks up Ryan Murphy's 'New Normal' and J. J. Abrams' 'Revolution'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Kristen Connolly & Billy Burke To Co-Star In CBS Series 'Zoo'". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  15. ^ Sotgiu, Roberta. "CBS Picks Up 3 Drama Pilots To Series, Passes On Comedy Pilots In Programming Shift". Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  16. ^ Sotgiu, Roberta. "Official Artist page on iTunes". Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  17. ^ Couch, Aaron (March 31, 2021). "'Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One' Sets Voice Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  18. ^ Lane, Carly (May 19, 2021). "'Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two' Trailer Reveals Release Date for R-Rated Conclusion". Collider. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 13, 2020). "'Maid': Billy Burke Joins Cast Of Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 13, 2020.

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