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Robert John Burke

A born-and-bred New Yorker, Robert John Burke made his film debut while in his early 20s with a small part in the drama "The Chosen" (1981), based on the Chaim Potok story. He went on to study acting at SUNY Purchase where he met aspiring filmmaker Hal Hartley, who cast him as one of the leads in his debut feature "The Unbelievable Truth," an offbeat indie tale where he played a man trying to escape his troubled past. Working with Hartley again on the charming brother-centric dark comedy "Simple Men," Burke caught a major break when Hollywood producers decided that his chiseled jawline was the right one to replace Peter Weller's in the sci-fi/action sequel "RoboCop 3." Despite Burke's efforts, the movie tanked, and he went on to smaller roles in major films, including the lauded Western "Tombstone" (1993) and the prison-break movie "Fled" (1996). Burke landed his second chance in a Hollywood starring role with the Stephen King adaptation "Thinner" (1996), but the macabre tale, which featured him under heavy makeup to depict a callous man who magically loses weight, was deemed almost universally unlikable.Though Burke's leading-man days were mostly behind him, his beastly role in Hartley's "No Such Thing" (2001) aside, he soldiered on, and began increasingly working on television with recurring roles on the grim prison drama "Oz" and the police procedural "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Appearing in George Clooney's first two movies as director, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) and "Good Night, and Good Luck." (2005), Burke nonetheless became more familiar to TV audiences, particularly when he signed on to play Mickey Gavin, the ex-priest cousin of Denis Leary's lead character on the firefighter series "Rescue Me," a part that dovetailed with Burke's real-life second job as a New York State fireman.Often cast as a tough guy, the ruggedly handsome and tall actor continued to play imposing figures such as Major General James "Chaos" Mattis in the Iraq War miniseries "Generation Kill" (HBO, 2008) and Bart Bass, the controlling billionaire father of Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) on the soapy drama "Gossip Girl." Before long, he was juggling his ongoing "Law & Order: SVU" part with regular spots on the military drama "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007- ) and the tense crime show "Person of Interest" (CBS, 2011- ), while still finding time for supporting turns in films, including the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg action movie "2 Guns" (2013).

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Sep 12, 1960 In New York City - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Buscando al Sr. Goodbar 1977-10-19
Latest Project:
Pelicula BlacKkKlansman 2018-08-10
Known For
Poster of Vigilados, Person of Interest
Poster of Blue Bloods (Familia de policías)
Poster of Ladrón de guante blanco
Poster of MAYDAY-Flug in den Tod
Pelicula BlacKkKlansman Chief Bridges 2018-08-10
Pelicula Una historia real Greg Ganley 2015-04-17
Series Allegiance Special Agent Brock 2015-02-05
Pelicula Ned Rifle Chet 2014-09-07
Pelicula 2 Guns Jessup 2013-08-02
Series Golden Boy Andrew Lightstone 2013-02-26
Pelicula Safe Captain Wolf 2012-04-16
Series Vigilados, Person of Interest Officer Patrick Simmons 2011-09-22
Pelicula Sin límites Pierce 2011-03-08
Pelicula Years Later: The Unbelievable Truth and Its Consequences Himself 2010-11-01
Series Blue Bloods (Familia de policías) Jyle Hogan 2010-09-24
Series Ladrón de guante blanco Patrick O'Leary 2009-10-23
Pelicula Miracle at St. Anna General Ned Almond 2008-09-15
Series Gossip Girl Bart Bass 2007-09-19
Series Secuestrado 2006-09-20
Pelicula Buenas noches, y buena suerte Charlie Mack 2005-09-16
Series Padre made in USA Unknown 2005-02-06
Pelicula El escondite Steven 2005-01-27
Pelicula Connie y Carla Rudy 2004-04-16
Pelicula Speak Mr. Neck 2004-01-20
Series CSI: Miami Unknown 2002-09-23
Pelicula MAYDAY-Flug in den Tod Tom Hutton 2002-03-15
Pelicula No Such Thing Monster 2001-05-12
Series Witchblade Unknown 2000-08-27
Series Ley y orden: Unidad de víctimas especiales Ed Tucker 1999-09-20
Pelicula First Love, Last Rites Henry 1998-08-07
Pelicula Somewhere in the City Frankie 1998-06-11
Pelicula Midnight Flight Paul Bacon 1998-06-02
Series Oz Unknown 1997-07-12
Pelicula Mayday - Flug in den Tod Tom Hutton 1997-01-01
Pelicula Maleficio (Thinner) Billy Halleck 1996-10-25
Pelicula El corredor de la muerte R.G. Greiser 1996-09-06
Pelicula Fugitivos encadenados Pat Schiller 1996-07-19
Pelicula Flirt Men's Room Man #2 1995-09-14
Pelicula Un lugar muy lejano Paul Parker 1993-03-12
Pelicula El cielo y la tierra Paul 1993-12-24
Pelicula RoboCop 3 RoboCop 1993-04-17
Pelicula Tombstone: la leyenda de Wyatt Earp Frank McLaury 1993-12-25
Pelicula Simple Men Bill McCabe 1992-10-14
Pelicula Dust Devil Dust Devil 1992-08-08
Pelicula El precio de la ambición Dave Wilkie 1991-09-10
Pelicula La increíble verdad Josh 1989-04-01
Pelicula Nightmare Weekend Dave 1986-01-01
Pelicula Elegidos del gueto Levi Saunders 1981-08-20
Pelicula Gangster Wars Officer Reardon 1981-04-09
Pelicula Buscando al Sr. Goodbar Patrick 1977-10-19