Alexander Harper Berkeley
December 16, 1955
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
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
Berkeley was born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey. He is of English and Scottish descent. He attended Hampshire College, 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.
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. His later television roles included The X-Files, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER and Law & Order.
On screen, he 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, Air Force One, Sid and Nancy, Amistad, Shanghai Noon, Barb Wire and Timecode. He appeared in the television film L.A. Takedown in 1989 and its 1995 acclaimed theatrical remake Heat, 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. 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. 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.
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.
Berkeley is a make-up artist, painter and sculptor. He met actress Sarah Clarke on the set of 24 in 2001 and married her the following year. The two live with their daughters, Olwyn Harper (born in 2006) and Rowan Amara (born in 2010), in Maine and Los Angeles.
|1981||Mommie Dearest||Christopher Crawford (Adult)|
|1982||Tag: The Assassination Game||Connally|
|1986||Sid and Nancy||Bowery Snax|
|1987||Straight to Hell||Preacher McMahon|
|1988||Deadly Dreams||Jack Thorne|
|1989||The Fabulous Baker Boys||Lloyd|
|1990||Internal Affairs||Rudy Mohr|
|The Last of the Finest||Eddie|
|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|
|A Few Good Men||Captain Whitaker|
|1994||Caroline at Midnight||Joey Szabo|
|Apollo 13||Henry Hurt|
|Leaving Las Vegas||Cynical Cabbie|
|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|
|The Truth About Juliet||George|
|1998||Phoenix||Lieutenant Clyde Webber|
|1999||Universal Soldier: The Return||Dylan Cotner|
|The Cherry Orchard||Epihodov|
|Shanghai Noon||Van Cleef|
|2001||Storytelling||Mr. DeMarco||Segment: "Non-Fiction"|
|China: The Panda Adventure||Dakar Johnston|
|The Man from Elysian Fields||Virgil Koster|
|In Enemy Hands||Admiral Kentz|
|2005||Drop Dead Sexy||Harkness|
|North Country||Arlen Pavich|
|2006||The Garage||"Doc" Ruppert|
|Seraphim Falls||Railcrew Foreman|
|2009||Women in Trouble||Mr. Frost|
|Repo Chick||Aldrich De La Chasse|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Captain Atom (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Kick-Ass||Detective Vic Gigante|
|The Death of Socrates||Socrates|
|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|
|Son of Batman||Dr. Kirk Langstrom (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Moments of Clarity||Artemis|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
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"|
|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|
|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"|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame||Sinestro|
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