Sep. 12th, 1960
Washington Heights, New York, USA
Robert John Burke's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2015 - True Story
2015 - Ned Rifle
2013 - 2 Guns
2011 - Safe
2011 - Limitless
2009 - Brooklyn's Finest
2008 - Miracle at St. Anna
2006 - The Oh in Ohio
2005 - Hide and Seek
2005 - Munich
2005 - Good Night, and Good Luck
2004 - Speak
2002 - State Property
2002 - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2001 - No Such Thing
1997 - Cop Land
1996 - Fled
1996 - If Lucy Fell
1996 - Thinner
1996 - Killer: A Journal of Murder
1995 - Flirt
1993 - A Far Off Place
1993 - Heaven & Earth
1993 - RoboCop 3
1993 - Tombstone
1992 - Simple Men
1992 - Dust Devil
1991 - Rambling Rose
1989 - The Unbelievable Truth
Guest TV Roles
Special Agent Pierce Taylor
Lt. Colonel Milton Danbury
Maj. Gen. James 'Chaos' Mattis
Robert John Burke (born September 12, 1960) is an American actor.
Currently, Burke is with the cast of Denis Leary's Rescue Me and plays Bart Bass on The CW's Gossip Girl. Recently, he was working on the TV series Kidnapped for NBC and was a featured character on ABC's series Six Degrees. Burke has also had recurring roles on Law & Order, and he appeared on The Sopranos in 2004. He was also on Sex and the City in seasons 4 and 5 playing Miranda's hookup. Also, in 2004 Burke played the role of Mr. Neck in the independent film Speak.
Burke's largest mainstream role to date has been taking over the lead from Peter Weller in RoboCop 3. He is notable for being a regular performer in fellow Purchase alum Hal Hartley's indie films, co-starring in 1989's The Unbelievable Truth, playing an ex-con who gets mixed up with a schoolgirl; in 1992's Simple Men, playing a man who, having sworn to destroy the first woman he meets, falls in love with the owner of a diner in the middle of nowhere; He starred in Richard Stanley's 1993 film Dust Devil, and in 2001's No Such Thing, in which he plays a foul-mouthed mythical beast living in Iceland. He also cameoed in Hartley's 1995 film Flirt.
In 1996, he played the lead role in the Stephen King adaptation Thinner. More recently, 2005 was a big year for Burke, having had a small yet memorable role in the John Polson film Hide and Seek, a psychological thriller, starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. He also made cameo appearances in the Academy Award-nominated films Munich directed by Steven Spielberg and Good Night, and Good Luck.
In 2008, he portrayed Major General James Mattis, Commanding General of 1st Marine Division in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. Burke also portrayed Gen. Ned Almond, commanding general of the 92nd Div., Buffalo Soldiers, in the 2008 Spike Lee film Miracle at St. Anna.
Burke was born in New York City, the son of immigrants from Galway, Ireland. He attended the Acting Conservatory at SUNY Purchase in the mid-1980s.
Burke spent several days at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks assisting with the search and rescue. He has since become a New York State certified fire fighter. He also recently traveled to New Orleans to assist in the re-building of New Orleans fire houses.
Burke holds a 3rd degree black belt in Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Okinawan Karate. He has a twin brother, who made a cameo appearance in Richard Stanley's 1993 film Dust Devil, playing his twin.
Burke is married with two children.
- Attended the acting conservatory of the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase).
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