Xander Berkeley

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Xander Berkeley
GeorgeMason and Sarah Clarke.jpg
Sarah Clarke and Berkeley on the set of 24 in 2002.
Born Alexander Harper Berkeley
(1955-12-16) December 16, 1955 (age 59)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Clarke (2002–present), 2 children

Alexander "Xander" Harper Berkeley (born December 16, 1955) is an American actor. He is best known for his television roles of George Mason on the political thriller series 24, Percy Rose on the action thriller series Nikita and Sheriff Thomas McAllister on the crime drama The Mentalist. In films, he is known for having portrayed a wide range of supporting and character roles in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Candyman, Apollo 13, Gattaca, Taken, Safe, Kick-Ass, Air Force One, Shanghai Noon, If These Walls Could Talk, Five, and Sid and Nancy.

He is also known for being the series lead of the web series The Booth At The End for which he received the Streamy Award for "Best Male Performance, Drama in 2013."

Early life and education[edit]

Berkeley was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 16, 1955, but has lived most of his life in New Jersey. He attended Hampshire College and worked in the theaters at the five college system which Hampshire was a part of, including Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and the University of Massachusetts. Berkeley worked in the Regional and Repertory Theaters in addition to Off Broadway while living in New York. A casting agent saw Berkeley in a play written by Reynolds Price called Early Dark, and encouraged him to move to Hollywood.[2]


Berkeley began playing roles in 1981, with early appearances in M*A*S*H, Cagney & Lacey, Remington Steele, Miami Vice, Moonlighting and The A-Team. Although not becoming a household name, Berkeley's face was increasingly recognizable into the 1990s. His later television guest roles included The X-Files, CSI, ER, 24 and Law & Order.

On the big screen, Berkeley has appeared in North Country, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Mommie Dearest, Phoenix, Kick-Ass, A Few Good Men, The Rookie, Candyman, Apollo 13, Leaving Las Vegas, Gattaca, The Rock (uncredited), Air Force One, Sid and Nancy, Spawn, Amistad, Shanghai Noon, Barb Wire and Timecode. Berkeley has the distinction of appearing in both the made-for-television film L.A. Takedown in 1989 and its 1995 critically acclaimed theatrical remake Heat, both directed by Michael Mann. Several of his earlier roles were in films by director Alex Cox.

In 2001, Berkeley became a recurring guest star and later on as a series regular on 24 in the role of George Mason, the head of the Counter Terrorist Unit.

Berkeley has provided voices for animated series such as Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Teen Titans and Gargoyles. He voiced Quentin Beck/Mysterio in The Spectacular Spider-Man and Captain Atom in the animated movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.

He portrayed the mysterious John Smith on the CBS drama Jericho.

In 2010, he received one of his best known roles - that of Percy Rose in the CW action-thriller series Nikita. He portrayed the character as a series regular in the show's first two seasons as well as being the series' de facto main antagonist of its first two seasons.

In 2013, Berkeley won the Streamy Award for "Best Male Performance, Drama" his starring role in the acclaimed webseries, The Booth At The End. He was revealed to be Red John in The Mentalist.

Personal life[edit]

Berkeley is a painter and a sculptor, as well as a make-up artist. Berkeley met Sarah Clarke on the set of 24 in 2001, and married her the following year. Berkeley and Clarke live with their two daughters in Los Angeles, California, where he works as a painter and sculptor when he is not acting.[citation needed]


Television series[edit]

Voice acting[edit]


Year Title Role
1981 Mommie Dearest Christopher Crawford (adult)
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game Connally
1985 Volunteers Kent Sutcliffe
1986 Sid and Nancy Bowery Snax
1987 Omega Syndrome
Straight to Hell Preacher McMahon
The Verne Miller Story Cardogan
Walker Byron Cole
1988 The Lawless Land Ez Andy
Tapeheads Ricky Fell
Deadly Dreams Jack Torme
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Lloyd
1990 The Gumshoe Kid Monty Griswold
Internal Affairs Rudy Mohr
The Assassin John Patrick Earl
The Last of the Finest Fast Eddie
The Guardian Detective
Short Time Carl Stark
The Grifters Lt. Pierson
The Rookie Blackwell
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Todd Voight
Billy Bathgate Harvey Preston
For the Boys Roberts, Vietnam
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Mr. Marchat
Candyman Trevor Lyle
A Few Good Men Capt. Whitaker
1993 Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Second Man
1994 Caroline at Midnight Joey Szabo
1995 The Fifteen Minute Hamlet Shakespeare
Safe Greg White
Apollo 13 Henry Hurt
Leaving Las Vegas Cynical Cabbie
Heat Ralph
1996 Poison Ivy II Donald Falk
A Family Thing Sunburned man
Barb Wire Alexander Willis
The Rock Lonner (uncredited)
Bulletproof Gentry
Driven J.D. Johnson
Persons Unknown Tosh
1997 The Killing Jar Danny 'Figaretto' Evans
Air Force One Secret Service Agent Gibbs
One Night Stand Charlie's Friend
Gattaca Dr. Lamar
Amistad Hammond
Breast Men Male Interviewer
1998 The Truth About Juliet George
Phoenix Lt. Clyde Webber
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Dr. Dylan Cotner
The Cherry Orchard Yepihodov
2000 Timecode Evan Wantz
Shanghai Noon Nathan Van Cleef
2001 Storytelling Mr. DeMarco ('Non-fiction')
China: The Panda Adventure Dakar Johnston
The Man from Elysian Fields Virgil Koster
2003 The Third Date Tommy Tulip
The Stranger Charly
Quicksand Joey Patterson
2004 Below the Belt Hanrahan
In Enemy Hands Admiral Kentz (as Xander Berkley)
The Last Full Measure
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Harkness
Deepwater Gus
Standing Still Jonathan
North Country Arlen Pavich
2006 The Garage Doc Ruppert
Champions Uncle Doug
Seraphim Falls Railroad Foreman
2007 Fracture Judge Moran
2008 Cook County Sonny
Taken Stuart St. John
The Toe Tactic Dad
2009 Sparks Sid Harris
Year One The King
The Consultants George
Repo Chick Aldrich De La Chasse
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Captain Atom
Path Lights Father
2010 Kick-Ass Detective Vic Gigante
Bedrooms Harry
Luster Detective Carter
Below the Beltway McMahon
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Moe
Seeking Justice Lieutenant Durgan
2014 Son of Batman Kirk Langstrom (voice)
Transcendence Dr. Thomas Casey

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