Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Highest Rated: 100% Rambling Rose (1991)

Lowest Rated: 0% State Property (2002)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

Tall, chiseled-face character actor Robert John Burke has been acting since the 1970s, but he is best known to art house audiences as a regular member of New York-based director Hal Hartley's stock company of decidedly non-Hollywood actors. Born on Long Island, Burke studied acting at S.U.N.Y. Purchase in the early '70s. After he graduated from college, Burke began acting in TV, appearing on such shows as As the World Turns and Happy Days. Though he made his feature film debut in The Chosen (1981), Burke devoted his energies in the early '80s to an experimental teaching program designed to involve students directly in the arts. Burke returned to movies and TV in the latter half of the 1980s with roles in actioner Wanted Dead or Alive (1986), TV movie comedy Pass the Ammo (1989), and late-'80s dance trend vehicle Lambada (1989). Burke's fortunes began to change when he was cast in the lead role of an enigmatic ex-con who returns to his Long Island hometown in the then-unknown Hartley's first feature, The Unbelievable Truth (1990). Shot on a shoestring budget in 11 days, The Unbelievable Truth garnered positive notice for Hartley's distinctly offbeat, dark comic sensibility and his stars' deadpan, wry performances. Burke followed The Unbelievable Truth with a supporting part in the Oscar-nominated 1930s coming of age film Rambling Rose (1991) and a high-profile starring role replacing Peter Weller as the imposing eponymous cyborg law enforcer in Robocop 3 (1992). Burke stayed busy from then on, alternating between independent movies and Hollywood projects. Working with Hartley again, Burke starred as one of a pair of brothers searching for their ballplayer-turned-anarchist father in the quirky yet appealing Simple Men (1992); he played a smaller role in Hartley's troubled romance triad Flirt (1995). Burke also acted more than once with the far less celebrated independent filmmaker Eric Schaeffer, appearing in Schaeffer's industry insider comedy My Life's in Turnaround (1993) and self-indulgent romantic comedy If Lucy Fell (1996). Outside of the New York independent scene, Burke played Reese Witherspoon's African gamekeeper father in the children's adventure A Far Off Place (1993), joined the distinguished cast populating Tombstone (1993) (the Kurt Russell version of the Wyatt Earp Western legend), appeared in Oliver Stone's third Vietnam movie, Heaven and Earth (1993), and starred as the cursed obese lawyer in Stephen King's horror yarn Thinner (1996). Continuing to show his versatility in both comedy and drama, Burke joined the supporting cast of the light-hearted buddy chase movie Fled (1996) and starred as Natasha Gregson Wagner's father in the bayou love story First Love, Last Rites (1997). Burke returned to TV in the late '90s in two acclaimed HBO productions, the ambitious miniseries From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and the wrenching Vietnam War docudrama A Bright Shining Lie (1998). At the start of the 2000s, Burke reunited with Hal Hartley for the Cannes Film Festival entry No Such Thing (2001). Drawing upon his varied experience, not to mention his formidable mien, Burke played the mammal/lizard Beast to Sarah Polley's Beauty in Hartley's singular reworking of the fairy tale romance.


Highest Rated Movies



96% BlacKkKlansman Chief Bridges 2018
75% Future '38 General Sportwood 2017
45% True Story Greg Ganley $3.5M 2015
78% Ned Rifle Chet 2015
64% 2 Guns Jessup $73.6M 2013
58% Safe Captain Wolf $17.2M 2012
69% Limitless Pierce $79.3M 2011
44% Brooklyn's Finest State Trooper #1 $26.8M 2010
33% Miracle at St. Anna General Ned Almond $7.8M 2008
18% The Ex Colonel $3.1M 2007
22% The Oh in Ohio Binky Taylor 2006
93% Good Night, And Good Luck Charlie Mack $31.6M 2005
13% Hide and Seek Steven $51.2M 2005
44% Connie and Carla Rudy $8M 2004
No Score Yet Speak Mr. Neck 2004
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Jenks 2003
60% Piggie Jim 2003
30% No Such Thing Monster 2002
0% State Property Bob $2.1M 2002
No Score Yet Somewhere in the City Frankie 1998
40% First Love, Last Rites Henry 1998
No Score Yet A Bright Shining Lie Captain Frank Drummond 1998
No Score Yet Doomed Flight Actor 1998
74% Cop Land Officer B 1997
No Score Yet Entangled Actor 1997
15% Stephen King's 'Thinner' Billy Halleck 1996
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder R.G. Grieser 1996
80% Flirt Men's Room Man No. 2 1996
16% Fled Pat Schiller 1996
18% If Lucy Fell Handsome Man 1996
40% Heaven & Earth GI Paul 1994
73% Tombstone Frank McLaury 1993
45% A Far Off Place Paul Parker 1993
29% Dust Devil Dust Devil 1992
91% Simple Men Bill McCabe 1992
100% Rambling Rose Wilkie 1991
100% The Unbelievable Truth Josh 1990
No Score Yet Lambada Actor 1990
No Score Yet Pass The Ammo Actor 1988
No Score Yet My Life's in Turnaround Actor 1988
33% Wanted: Dead or Alive Actor 1987
No Score Yet Nightmare Weekend Dave 1986


No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sgt. Tucker Capt. Ed Tucker Ed Tucker Lt. Tucker Lieutenant Tucker Capt. Tucker Lt. Ed Tucker Sgt. Ed Tucker Guest 2019
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Appearing 2017
47% Allegiance
Special Agent Brock 2015
81% Nurse Jackie
58% Golden Boy
Andrew Lightstone 2013
92% Person Of Interest
Simmons Off. Patrick Simmons Officer Patrick Simmons 2013
84% Gossip Girl
Bart Bass 2012
89% Rescue Me
Mickey Mickey Gavin Father Mickey 2011
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
Hogan Jyle Hogan 2010
86% Generation Kill
Maj. Gen. James Mattis Maj. Gen. James "Chaos" Mattis 2008
42% Six Degrees
David 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
Lt. Col. Milton Danbury Contractor Arthur "Buzz" Palley Ron Innes FBI Agent Ron Innes 2004
No Score Yet American Masters
Narrator 2003
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
James Resdon 2003
71% Sex and the City
Walker Lewis 2002
59% Falcone
Jules Weller 2000
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
Anders 1998
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Jeffrey Andrews 1998
No Score Yet The Equalizer
O'Toole 1986
No Score Yet Happy Days
Tom 1977


McDaggett says: How can I help you officer?

Robocop/Alex J. Murphy says: By resisting arrest.

Anne Lewis says: Are they gone?

Robocop/Alex J. Murphy says: I'm still scanning three. [catches a bullet in his hand and fires his gun offscreen]..........Make that,..two.

Robocop/Alex J. Murphy says: I'm still scanning three. [catches a bullet in his hand and fires his gun offscreen] Make that...two.

Hitch/Dust Devil says: here is no good or evil, only spirit and matter. Only movement toward the light - and away from it. -The Dust Devil

Hitch/Dust Devil says: Here is no good or evil, only spirit and matter. Only movement toward the light and away from it.