Xander Berkeley

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Xander Berkeley
Xander Berkeley 2016.jpg
Berkeley in October 2016
Alexander Harper Berkeley

(1955-12-16) December 16, 1955 (age 66)
Years active1981–present
(m. 2002)

Alexander Harper Berkeley (born December 16, 1955) is an American actor. Since beginning his career in the early 1980s, he has appeared in more than 200 film and television projects. His film roles include Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Candyman (1992), Barb Wire (1996), Air Force One (1997), Gattaca (1997), and Shanghai Noon (2000). He also appeared in the crime drama Heat (1995) after being cast in L.A. Takedown (1989), an earlier rendition of the film's script, although he played two different characters on the two different films. On television, he headlined the Citytv psychological thriller The Booth at the End (2010–2012) and was a series regular on the Fox action drama 24 (2001–03) and The CW action thriller Nikita (2010–2012). As a guest star, Berkeley portrayed Sheriff Thomas McAllister on the CBS drama The Mentalist (2008–13) and Gregory on the AMC post-apocalyptic horror The Walking Dead (2016–18).

Early life and education[edit]

Berkeley was born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey. He is of English and Scottish descent.[1] He attended Hampshire College,[2] and worked in theaters at the Five Colleges, including Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. He worked in regional and repertory theaters in addition to Off-Broadway in New York City. A casting agent spotted Berkeley in a play written by Reynolds Price called Early Dark and encouraged him to move to Hollywood.[3]


Berkeley and Sarah Clarke on the set of 24 in 2002

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.[4] His later television roles included The X-Files,[4] CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER and Law & Order.

On screen, he has appeared in North Country,[5] Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Mommie Dearest,[5] Phoenix, Kick-Ass,[5] A Few Good Men, The Rookie, Candyman, Apollo 13, Leaving Las Vegas, Gattaca, The Rock, Air Force One, Sid and Nancy,[5] Amistad, Shanghai Noon,[5] Barb Wire[5] and Timecode. He appeared in the television film L.A. Takedown[5] in 1989 and its 1995 acclaimed theatrical remake Heat,[5] directed by Michael Mann. Several of his earlier roles were in films directed by Alex Cox.

In 2001, Berkeley became a recurring guest star (and later a series regular) on 24 in the role of George Mason, the head of the counter-terrorist unit.[6] He portrayed the mysterious John Smith on the CBS drama Jericho.

In 2010, he received one of his best-known roles, Percy Rose on The CW action-thriller series Nikita.[7] He portrayed the character as a series regular and de facto main antagonist of its first two seasons. He also played Sheriff Thomas McAllister on The Mentalist.[8]

Berkeley portrayed Gregory on AMC's The Walking Dead as a guest star in season six and a series regular in season seven.[9]

In 2018, he portrayed Peter Lockwood, the father of Sam Lockwood on the fourth season of Supergirl.[10]

Voice acting[edit]

Berkeley provides voice-work for several animated series, such as Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Gargoyles and Teen Titans. He also voiced Quentin Beck / Mysterio on The Spectacular Spider-Man, Captain Atom in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Dr. Kirk Langstrom in Son of Batman.[11]


In 2013, Berkeley won the Streamy Award "Best Male Performance, Drama"[12] for his starring role in the acclaimed web series The Booth at the End.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Berkeley is a make-up artist, painter and sculptor.[2] He met actress Sarah Clarke on the set of 24 in 2001 and married her the following year.[2] The two live with their daughters, Olwyn Harper (born in 2006) and Rowan Amara (born in 2010), in Maine and Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Mommie Dearest Christopher Crawford (Adult)
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game Connally
1985 Volunteers Kent Sutcliffe
1986 Sid and Nancy Bowery Snax
1987 Straight to Hell Preacher McMahon
Walker Byron Cole
1988 Tapeheads Ricky Fell
1988 Deadly Dreams Jack Thorne
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Lloyd
1990 Internal Affairs Rudy Mohr
The Last of the Finest Eddie
The Guardian Detective
Short Time Stark
The Grifters Lieutenant Pierson
The Rookie Ken Blackwell
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Todd Voight
Billy Bathgate Harvey Preston
For the Boys Roberts
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Marchat
Candyman Trevor Lyle
A Few Good Men Captain Whitaker
1994 Caroline at Midnight Joey Szabo
1995 Safe Greg White
Apollo 13 Henry Hurt
Leaving Las Vegas Cynical Cabbie
Heat Ralph
1996 Poison Ivy II: Lily Donald Falk
A Family Thing Sunburned Man
Barb Wire Chief Alexander Willis
The Rock Dr. Lonner Uncredited
Bulletproof FBI Agent Darryl Gentry
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
The Truth About Juliet George
1998 Phoenix Lieutenant Clyde Webber
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Dylan Cotner
The Cherry Orchard Epihodov
2000 Timecode Evan Wantz
Shanghai Noon Van Cleef
2001 Storytelling Mr. DeMarco Segment: "Non-Fiction"
China: The Panda Adventure Dakar Johnston
The Man from Elysian Fields Virgil Koster
2003 Quicksand Joey Patterson
2004 Human Error Hanrahan
In Enemy Hands Admiral Kentz
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Harkness
Deepwater Gus
Standing Still Jonathan
North Country Arlen Pavich
2006 The Garage "Doc" Ruppert
Seraphim Falls Railcrew Foreman
2007 Fracture Judge Moran
2008 Taken Stuart
Cook County 'Sonny'
2009 Women in Trouble Mr. Frost
Year One King
Repo Chick Aldrich De La Chasse
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Captain Atom (voice) Direct-to-video
2010 Kick-Ass Detective Vic Gigante
Bedrooms Harry
Faster Sergeant Mallory
The Death of Socrates Socrates
Luster Detective Carter
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Moe
Seeking Justice Lieutenant Durgan
2012 That Guy... Who Was in That Thing Himself Documentary
2013 Louder Than Words Dr. Lansen
Live at the Foxes Den Kenneth Whitman
2014 Transcendence Dr. Thomas Casey
Small Time Chick
Son of Batman Dr. Kirk Langstrom (voice) Direct-to-video
Pony Uncle Jeff Short
2015 Solace Mr. Ellis
2016 Allegiant Phillip
Moments of Clarity Artemis
2017 Shot Dr. Roberts
2018 Proud Mary Uncle
The Maestro Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
City of Lies Edwards
2019 The Wall of Mexico Michael Rand
Dark Harbor Priest James
2020 The Dark and the Wicked Priest
2021 Lockdown Joel
2022 Reagan George Shultz [14]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 M*A*S*H Marine Episode: "Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye"
Open All Night Medfold Episode: "Centerfold"
1982 The Incredible Hulk Tom Episode: "A Minor Problem"
McClain's Law Peter Episode: "To Save the Queen"
Hart to Hart Christopher Hawks Episode: "Harts on Their Toes"
Tales of the Gold Monkey Eric Fromby Episode: "Escape from Death Island"
1983 Remington Steele Dan Kowalski Episode: "Steele Crazy After All These Years"
The Renegades Gillette Episode: "The Big Time"
Cagney & Lacey Maurice Episode: "The Gang's All Here"
1983–84 The A-Team Baker, Sergeant Wilson 2 episodes
1984 Riptide Taxi Driver Episode: "The Hardcase"
Falcon Crest "Buzz" Whitehead Episode: "Strangers"
1985 V Isaac Henley Episode: "Breakout"
1986 The Twilight Zone Dave Episode: "Take My Life... Please!/Devil's Alphabet/The Library"
Moonlighting Scalper Episode: "Symphony in Knocked Flat"
1987, 1989 Miami Vice Bailey, Tommy Lowell 2 episodes
1988 J.J. Starbuck Bobby Tinch Episode: "Rag Doll"
CBS Summer Playhouse Dr. Noah Fredericks Episode: "Dr. Paradise"
1989 L.A. Takedown Waingro Television film
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Carl Maxwell Episode: "The Exotic Dancer Mystery"
Wiseguy Ray Spiotta Episode: "Romp"
Grand Jeffrey Episode: "The Chickens Come Home to Roost"
1991 Dillinger Copeland Television film
Not of This World Bruce MacNamara
Super Force Dr. Landru 3 episodes
Murder in High Places Wayne Television film
1992 A Private Matter Peter Zenner
1993 It's Nothing Personal James Blakemore
Donato and Daughter Russ Loring
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Brett Bones Episode: "Riverboat"
The X-Files Dr. Hodge Episode: "Ice"
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Second Man Television film
1994 Roswell Sherman Carson
Good Advice Bernard Episode: "A Chance of Showers"
New York Undercover Dr. Carl Weschler Episode: "Blondes Have More Fun"
1995 Partners Christopher Nnngaarzh Episode: "Why Are the Blumenthals Living in My House?"
Pointman J.W. Mainwaring Episode: "'bout Money"
1995–96 Gargoyles Iago, Coldsteel (voices) 2 episodes
1995–97 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Snav, Urbab, Abraham Lincoln, Timmy (voices) 12 episodes
1996 Nash Bridges Neil Wojack Episode: "Genesis"
Within the Rock Ryan Television film
The Outer Limits Terry McCammon Episode: "Falling Star"
If These Walls Could Talk John Barrows Segment: "1974"
Television film
Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series Phineas T. Viper (voice) Episode: "Beak to the Future"
The Tick Octopagnini (voice) Episode: "Tick vs. Europe"
For Hope Date #4 Uncredited
Television film
Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin Television film
1996–97 Life with Louie Pro Shop Cashier, Store Manager (voices) 2 episodes
1997 High Incident Sergeant Hackworth Episode: "No Money Down"
Duckman Hans (voice) Episode: "Duckman and Cornfed in 'Haunted Society Plumbers'"
Johnny Bravo Melvin, Maitre D', Movie Star Episode: "Substitute Teacher/A Wolf in Chick's Clothing/Intensive Care"
Women: Stories of Passion Jim "Jimbo" Episode: "Reading for Pleasure"
Superman: The Animated Series Sergeant Corey Mills (voice) Episode: "Prototype"
Players Marcus Flint Episode: "Con Law"
Extreme Ghostbusters Additional Voices 2 episodes
Breast Men Male Interviewer Television film
1998 Jumanji Mr. Schreem (voice) Episode: "Return of Squint"
Winchell Gavreau Television film
ER Detective Wilson Episode: "Good Luck, Ruth Johnson"
1999 NetForce Bo Tyler Television film
The Wild Thornberrys Stoat, Barking Deer #2 (voices) 2 episodes
Rocket Power MacKenzie's Father (voice) Episode: "Hawaii Blues/Lost and Find"
2000 Three Warden Episode: "Break Out"
2001 Batman Beyond Dr. Childes (voice) 2 episodes
Going to California Clay Shelton Episode: "Lily of the Field"
Justice League General Brak, Soldier, Dignitary (voices) 2 episodes
Wolf Lake Carl Uncredited
Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2001–03 24 George Mason 27 episodes
2002 The Court Keith Nolan 3 episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Harry Kellogg Episode: "The Pharaoh's Curse"
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Mayor (voice) Episode: "Spider-Man Dis-Abled"
Karen Sisco Alvin Simmons Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2003–04 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sheriff Rory Atwater 5 episodes
2004–05 Teen Titans Mento, Warp, General Immortus (voices) 3 episodes
2005 Law & Order Clay Pollack Episode: "Fluency"
2006 Magma: Volcanic Disaster Peter Shepherd Television film
The West Wing Frank Hollis Episode: "Institutional Memory"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent George Pagolis Episode: "Albatross"
The Batman Paul (voice) Episode: "Rumors"
Standoff Paul Fisk Episode: "No Strings"
Bones Dr. Bancroft Episode: "Intern in the Incinerator"
2008 Boston Legal Assistant District Attorney Rex Swarthmore Episode: "Mad About You"
Jericho John Smith Uncredited
3 episodes
Wainy Days Cornelius Episode: "Rebecca"
Criminal Minds Detective Hyde Episode: "Memoriam"
2008–09 The Spectacular Spider-Man Quentin Beck / Mysterio (voice) 4 episodes
2008–13 The Mentalist Sheriff Thomas McAllister 5 episodes
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Sinestro (voice) Episode: "The Eyes of Despero!"
Medium Mitchell Slocombe Episode: "A Person of Interest"
The Closer Detective Curt Landry Episode: "Waivers of Extradition"
2010 Three Rivers Sergeant Harold Estes Episode: "Status 1A"
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Warden Morgg, Trukk (voices) Episode: "...Nor Iron Bars a Cage"
2010–12 Nikita Percy Rose 45 episodes
The Booth at the End The Man 10 episodes
2011 Five Peter Television film
2012 Entanglement Peter Keller
2013 Being Human Liam McLean 8 episodes
NTSF:SD:SUV Theodore Dent Episode: "The Great Train Stoppery"
2013, 2015 Longmire Jeremiah Rains 2 episodes
2014 Justified Charles Monroe 2 episodes
Beware the Batman Manhunter, Paul Kirk (voices) Episode: "Unique"
2014–15 Salem Magistrate Hale 14 episodes
2015 Zoo Ronnie "Dogstick" Brannigan 4 episodes
2015–16 12 Monkeys Colonel Jonathan Foster 3 episodes
Aquarius Police Commissioner 3 episodes
2016–18 The Walking Dead Gregory 15 episodes
2018 Supergirl Peter Lockwood Episode: "Man of Steel"
2020 MacGyver General John Acosta Episode: "Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed"
Bull Judge Hollingsworth Episode: "The Sovereigns"
FBI: Most Wanted Maurice Hewitt Episode: "Deconflict"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Freelancer Dexter Hovis
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Sinestro


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  12. ^ "YouTube's 'MyMusic' Leads Streamy Awards Pack". Backstage.com. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  13. ^ Goldman, Eric (July 10, 2011). "Nikita's Xander Berkeley Talks The Booth at the End". IGN. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  14. ^ Bond, Paul (February 7, 2021). "Xander Berkeley to Play George Shultz as Cold War Hero in 'Reagan' Movie". Newsweek.com. Retrieved February 9, 2021.

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