Robert John Burck
December 23, 1970
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer, songwriter, writer, former political candidate|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Cruz Burck, The Naked Cowgirl (m. 2013)|
Robert John Burck (born December 23, 1970), better known as the Naked Cowboy, is an American actor, singer, songwriter, writer, adult performer and street performer who sings in New York City's Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and white briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity.
Burck was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Our Lady of the Rosary elementary school in nearby Greenhills, Ohio. He later earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences in 1995. He began busking in December 1997, and first appeared on Venice Beach, Los Angeles.
He is currently best known as a fixture of Times Square in New York City. He made an appearance on January 25, 2009, where he performed at a Leinster Rugby game in Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland, singing his theme song "I'm the Naked Cowboy" before 18,000 spectators. In May 2014, Burck switched from his usual briefs to boxer briefs, after being sponsored by Fruit of the Loom.
Burck has made appearances in three music videos, including Cake's "Short Skirt/Long Jacket", Tyler Hilton's "When It Comes", and Nickelback's "Rockstar". In 2007, Burck released an album of his own, signing to 4Sight Music Productions and recording the pop-rock album Year of the Cowboy produced by Lee Evans and producer Dante Lattanzi at JAMBOX Recording Studios in New York City. The album was featured on MTV News.
Adult Modeling & Performing
Burck appeared nude in the "real man" (reader submitted photos) section of the November 1996 edition of Playgirl Magazine. He then appeared in a fully nude pictoral in the May 1998 edition of Playgirl.
Burck appeared in the softcore gay pornographic film "Wide Nude World of Sports" in 1999. Produced by Sharpshooter Studios, this video featured Burck pleasuring himself as well as homoerotic scenarios with other men including nude mudwrestling. 
On July 20, 2009, it was announced that Burck would challenge Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the 2009 election for Mayor of New York City. In response, Jonny Porkpie, the self-proclaimed "burlesque Mayor of NYC" announced that he would run against him. On September 5, 2009, Burck withdrew from the race.
On September 29, 2010, he announced his intentions to challenge President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. At his announcement, Burck stated that he has a "very conservative policy" and that he had an "unapologetic commitment to our borders, our language and our culture", borrowing a well-known catchphrase of radio host Michael Savage. He changed his appearance by wearing a dress suit and had his hair cut. On October 6, 2010, Burck officially declared his presidential candidacy at a press conference in Times Square. He stated that he was neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but rather "an American" and that he intended to lead the U.S. Tea Party movement into the Oval Office.
Mayor Bloomberg referenced the Naked Cowboy during the tenth Democratic Party debate in Charleston, South Carolina on February 25, 2020. When asked whether he would support expanding his signature soda ban policy nationwide, Bloomberg stated that what is right for one city is not necessarily right for every city "otherwise every town would have a Naked Cowboy."
Infringement lawsuits filed
Mars, Incorporated created a short animation of the Blue M&M's character playing a guitar while dressed in a white cowboy hat, cowboy boots and underpants on the electronic animation display that hangs outside the M&M's store at Times Square. Burck, who owns registered trademarks to the Naked Cowboy name and likeness, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Mars Incorporated on February 15, 2008.
Burck alleged that the ads infringe on his trademark by "using his likeness, persona, and image for commercial purposes without his written permission and by falsely suggesting that he endorses M&M's candy." The Cowboy's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, requests an injunction stopping Mars from using the Naked Cowboy's likeness to advertise M&M's products, up to $100 million in punitive damages, and attorney's fees. On June 23, 2008, the court issued a decision that dismissed a portion of the suit relying on New York law but rejected a motion by the defendants to dismiss the trademark claims. Burck and Mars Incorporated settled the lawsuit in November 2008, the terms of which were never disclosed.
Burck filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against CBS in February 2011, saying the network's use of a 'Naked Cowboy'–like figure in an ad for a television show demeaned his image with CBS's "drunk and sexually charged" portrayal of his likeness.
On February 15, 2013, Burck married Patricia Cruz, a woman from Mexico City who was 25 at the time. Cruz, a professional belly dancer and group fitness instructor, is also a licensed Naked Cowgirl franchisee.
Burck participated in the January 6, 2021 demonstration in front of US Capitol supporting Trump.
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