Date of Birth : Sep 12th 1960
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.