Xander Berkeley

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Xander Berkeley
GeorgeMason and Sarah Clarke.jpg
Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clarke on the set of 24 in 2002.
Born Alexander Harper Berkeley
(1955-12-16) December 16, 1955 (age 60)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Clarke (m. 2002)
Children 2

Alexander "Xander" Harper Berkeley (born December 16, 1955) is an American actor. He is 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.

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[2] 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.[3]


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] Although not becoming a household name, Berkeley's face was increasingly recognizable into the 1990s. His later television guest roles included The X-Files,[4] CSI, ER and Law & Order.

On the big screen, Berkeley 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 (uncredited), Air Force One, Sid and Nancy,[5] Spawn, Amistad, Shanghai Noon,[5] Barb Wire[5] and Timecode. Berkeley has the distinction of appearing in both the made-for-television film L.A. Takedown[5] in 1989 and its 1995 critically acclaimed theatrical remake Heat,[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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. Berkeley was Sheriff Thomas "Red John" McAllister on The Mentalist.[8]

Berkeley portrays Gregory on on AMC's The Walking Dead, originally in a guest role in season 6, but was promoted as a series regular for season 7.[9]

Voice Work[edit]

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, Captain Atom in the animated movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Dr. Kirk Langstrom in Son of Batman.[10]


In 2013, Berkeley won the Streamy Award "Best Male Performance, Drama"[11] for his starring role in the acclaimed webseries, The Booth at the End.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Berkeley is a painter and a sculptor,[2] as well as a make-up artist. Berkeley met Sarah Clarke on the set of 24 in 2001, and married her the following year.[2] Berkeley and Clarke live with their two daughters Olwyn Harper (born in 2006) and Rowan Amara (born in 2010) in Maine, previously in Los Angeles, California, where he works as a painter and sculptor when he is not acting.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 M*A*S*H Marine Episode: "Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye"
1981 Open All Night Medfly Episode: "Centerfold"
1982 The Incredible Hulk Tom Episode: "A Minor Problem"
1982 McClain's Law Peter Episode: "To Save the Queen"
1982 Hart to Hart Christopher Hawks Episode: "Harts on Their Toes"
1982 Tales of the Gold Monkey Eric Fromby Episode: "Escape from Death Island"
1983 Remington Steele Charlie Episode: "Steele Crazy After All These Years"
1983 The Renegades Gillette Episode: "The Big Time"
1983 Cagney & Lacey Maurice Episode: "The Gang's All Here"
1984 Riptide Taxi Driver Episode: "The Hardcase"
1984 Falcon Crest Buzz Whitehead Episode: "Strangers"
1984 V Isaac Henley Episode: "Breakout"
1983-84 The A-Team Sergeant Wilson/Baker Episodes: "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing" & "Showdown!"
1986 The Twilight Zone Dave the Angry Comic Episode: "Take My Life...Please!"
1986 Moonlighting Scalper Episode: "Symphony in Knocked Flat"
1988 J.J. Starbuck Robert 'Bobby' Tinch Episode: "Rag Doll"
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Dr. Noah Fredericks Episode: "Dr. Paradise"
1987-89 Miami Vice Bailey/Tommy Lowell Episodes: "Like a Hurricane" & "Victims of Circumstance"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Carl Maxwell Episode: "The Exotic Dancer Mystery"
1990 Wiseguy Ray Spiotta Episode: "Romp"
1990 Grand Jeffrey Episode: "The Chickens Come Home to Roost"
1991 Super Force Dr. Landru Episodes: "Come Under the Way: Part 2" & "There's a Light"
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Brett Bones Episode: "Riverboat"
1993 The X-Files Dr. Hodge Episode: "Ice"
1994 Good Advice (TV series) Bernard Episode: "A Chance of Showers"
1994 New York Undercover Dr. Carl Weschler Episode: "Blondes Have More Fun"
1995 Partners Christophe Nnngaarzh Episode: "Why Are the Blumenthals Living in My House?"
1995 Pointman J.W. Mainwaring Episode: "'bout Money"
1996 Nash Bridges Neil Wojak Episode: "Genesis"
1996 The Outer Limits Terry McCammon Episode: "Falling Star"
1997 High Incident Sergeant Hackworth Episode: "No Money Down"
1997 Women: Stories of Passion Jimbo Episode: "Reading for Pleasure"
1997 Players Marcus Flint Episode: "Con Law"
1998 Three Warden Episode: "Breakout"
1998 ER Detective Wilson Episode: "Good Luck, Ruth Johnson"
2001 Wolf Lake Carl Unaired Pilot
2001 Going to California Clay Shelton Episode: "Lily of the Field"
2002 The Court Keith Nolan 3 episodes
2001-03 24 George Mason 27 episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Harry Kellogg Episode: "The Pharaoh's Curse"
2003 Karen Sisco Alvin Simmons Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2003-04 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sheriff Rory Atwater 5 episodes
2005 Law & Order Clay Pollack Episode: "Fluency"
2006 Women in Law Campbell Knox Episode: "Pilot"
2006 The West Wing Franklin Hollis Episode: "Institutional Memory"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent George Pagolis Episode: "Albatross"
2007 Standoff Paul Fisk Episode: "No Strings"
2007 Bones Dr. Bankroft Episode: "Intern in the Incinerator"
2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. Rex Swarthmore Episode: "Mad About You"
2008 Jericho John Smith 3 episodes
2008 Wainy Days Cornelius Episode: "Rebecca"
2008 Criminal Minds Det. Hyde Episode: "Memoriam"
2009 Medium Mitchell Slocombe Episode: "A Person of Interest"
2009 The Closer Detective Curt Landry Episode: "Waivers of Extradition"
2010 Three Rivers 'Sarge' Harold Estes Episode: "Status 1A"
2010-12 Nikita Percy Main role
2010-12 The Booth at the End The Man 10 episodes
2013 Being Human Liam McLean 8 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Theodore Dent Episode: "The Great Train Stoppery"
2008-2013 The Mentalist Sheriff Thomas McAllister 5 episodes
2014 Justified Charles Monroe Episodes: "The Kids Aren't All Right" & "Good Intentions"
2015 12 Monkeys (TV series) Col. Jonathan Foster Episodes: "Yesterday" & "Tomorrow"
2014-15 Salem Magistrate Hale 14 episodes
2015 Aquarius Police Commissioner Episode: "Old Ego Is a Too Much Thing"
2015 Zoo Ronnie 'Dogstick' Brannigan 4 episodes
2013-15 Longmire Jeremiah Rains Episodes: "Death Came in Like Thunder" & "Hector Lives"
2015 Couch Surfing USA Alistar Unaired series
2016–present The Walking Dead Gregory Guest (Season 6)
Also Starring (Season 7)

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995-96 Gargoyles Coldsteel/Iago Episodes: "Legion" & "Possession"
1996 Mighty Ducks Phineas T. Viper Episode: "Beak to the Future"
1996 The Tick Octopaganini Episode: "Tick vs. Europe"
1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Hans Episode: "Duckman and Cornfed in 'Haunted Society Plumbers'"
1997 Spawn Mike Stewart/Priest (unknown episodes)
1997 Johnny Bravo Maitre D'/Movie Star/Melvin Episode: "Substitute Teacher/A Wolf in Chick's Clothing/Intensive Care"
1997 Superman Sgt . Corey Mills Episode: "Prototype"
1996-97 Life with Louie Unknown voice Episode: "Caddy on a Hot Tin Roof" & "Louie's Harrowing Halloween"
1995-97 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Various voices 12 episodes
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Unknown voice Episodes: "Bird of Prey" & "In Your Dreams"
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Barking Deer #2/Stoat Episodes: "Born to Be Wild" & "Show Me the Bunny"
2001 Batman Beyond Dr. Chides Episodes: "The Curse of the Kobra: Part 1" & "The Curse of the Kobra: Part 2"
2001 Justice League General Brak/Dignitary/Soldier Episodes: "The Enemy Below" & "The Enemy Below: Part II"
2003 Freelancer Dexter Hovis Video game
2003 Spider-Man Mayor Episode: "Spider-Man Dis-Abled"
2004-05 Teen Titans Warp/Mento/General Immortus 3 episodes
2007 The Batman Paul Episode: "Rumors"
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Sinestro Episode: "The Eyes of Despero!"
2008-09 The Spectacular Spider-Man Mysterio 4 episodes
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Sinestro Video game
2010 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Warden Morgg/Trukk Episode: "...Nor Iron Bars a Cage"
2014 Beware the Batman Manhunter/Paul Kirk Episode: "Unique"


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: Lily Donald Falk
A Family Thing Sunburned man
Barb Wire Alexander Willis
Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin
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
Small Time Chick
2015 Moments of Clarity Artemis
2016 Allegiant Phillip

TV movies[edit]

Year Title Role
1981 Fire on the Mountain Unknown role
1989 L.A. Takedown Waingro
1991 Dillinger Copeland
1991 Not of This World Bruce MacNamara
1991 Murder in High Places Wayne
1992 A Private Matter Pete Zenner
1992 Deadly Matrimony Kozolowski
1993 It's Nothing Personal James Blakemore
1993 Donato and Daughter Russ Loring
1993 Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Second Man
1994 Roswell Sherman Carson
1996 A Kidnapping in the Family Curtis Harrison
1996 Within the Rock Ryan
1996 If These Walls Could Talk John Barrows
1996 For Hope Date #4
1996 Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin
1996 I'd Lie for You and That's the Truth Bad guy
1997 Breast Men Male Interviewer
1998 Winchell Gavreau
1999 NetForce Bo Tyler
2006 Magma: Volcanic Disaster Peter Shepherd
2007 Alibi Lt. Adam Molnar
2009 Inside the Box Fred O'Brien
2010 Night and Day Jay Graham
2010 Day One Clarke
2011 Five Peter Knowles
2011 Inside Highway man
2012 Entanglement Peter Keller
2014 Christmas Eve, 1914 Charles Dunne


  1. ^ IMDb profile
  2. ^ a b c "Home Front – Vol. 59 No. 5". PEOPLE.com. 10 February 2003. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Xander Berkeley official website
  4. ^ a b "Xander Berkeley: One Man's Journey Through Pop Culture Television - Page 2". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Xander Berkeley talks Puritans, punks, and setting his sword on Ginger Lynn". avclub.com. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Xander Berkeley - Interview". www.reviewgraveyard.com. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Frederick, Brittany (10 February 2011). "Interview: Xander Berkeley Is 'Nikita's' Bad Guy (But I Still Like Him)". Starpulse. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Spoiler Alert! The Mentalist's Red John Speaks". TVGuide.com. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 7, 2016). "'Walking Dead' Promotes 4 to Series Regular for Season 7 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Xander Berkeley Talks SON OF BATMAN and 24". Collider. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "YouTube's 'MyMusic' Leads Streamy Awards Pack". Backstage.com. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Goldman, Eric (10 July 2011). "Nikita's Xander Berkeley Talks The Booth at the End". IGN. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 

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