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Date Of BirthMay 6, 1821
DiedJune 28, 1861, Cooper Creek, Australia
MarkFrequently plays unfriendly square-jawed, growly-voiced suits, commonly Feds or gangsters, who always seem to be foiling the protagonists.
FactAttended the acting conservatory of the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase).

Robert Burke (born October 21, 1961) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dr. Peter Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy (2005-2012).

Burke was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Mary (née O’Connor), a homemaker, and Raymond Burke, a lawyer. He has three sisters: Barbara, Nancy, and Sharon. He was educated at Gonzaga College High School and the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983.

Burke began his acting career in regional theatre, and made his Broadway debut in 1992 in the play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. He has since appeared in a number of Broadway productions, including The Crucible (2002), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2003), and Twelve Angry Men (2004). His film credits include The First Wives Club (1996), A Time to Kill (1996), and The Insider (1999).

Burke has been married to actress Jillian Armenante since 1997. They have two children: a daughter, Stella, and a son, Oscar.

Burke’s net worth is estimated to be $8 million. He earns a salary of $300,000 per episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

General Info

Date Of BirthMay 6, 1821
DiedJune 28, 1861, Cooper Creek, Australia
Place Of BirthCounty Galway, Republic of Ireland
Height1.83 m
ProfessionSoldier, Police officer, Military Officer, Explorer
EducationState University of New York at Purchase


ParentsJames Hardiman Burke, Anne Louisa Burke
SiblingsJohn Hardiman Burke, Anne Celestine Burke, James Thomas Burke, Fanny Marie Burke, Hester Albinia Burke, Elizabeth Burke


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series
MoviesRoboCop 3, Thinner, Limitless, 2 Guns, Safe, The Unbelievable Truth, Tombstone, Good Night, and Good Luck, Simple Men, Hide and Seek, No Such Thing, Miracle at St. Anna, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, True Story, Dust Devil, Fled, If Lucy Fell, Somewhere in the City, A Far Off Place, Killer: A Jou...
TV ShowsGossip Girl, Rescue Me, Kidnapped

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#Marks / Signs
1Frequently plays unfriendly square-jawed, growly-voiced suits, commonly Feds or gangsters, who always seem to be foiling the protagonists.


1[Talking about RoboCop 3 (1993)] Peter Weller really defined the character in terms of movement. But there's always room for reinterpretation.


1In 2013 at the same time he played a NYPD police patrol officer on Person of Interest (2011) and an NYPD internal affairs detective on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Due to his corrupt actions on Person of Interest, his character there could have been investigated by his character on Special Victims Unit.
2When not doing movies Robert is a Volunteer firefighter In Long Island NY. [2010]
3Has two children.
4He became a NY State Certified firefighter after helping with the rescue efforts during 9/11..
5Attended the acting conservatory of the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase).




Being2017pre-productionSheriff Campbell
We Only Know So Much2017post-productionHal
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002-2016TV SeriesEd Tucker
Bait2015/IIIShortUncle Mack
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2015TV SeriesCop
Allegiance2015TV SeriesSpecial Agent Brock
Banshee2015TV SeriesSalvatore Ferillo
True Story2015/IGreg Ganley
Ned Rifle2014Chet
Nurse Jackie2014TV SeriesDick Richards
Person of Interest2012-2013TV SeriesOfficer Patrick Simmons
2 Guns2013Jessup
Army Wives2012-2013TV SeriesGeneral Clarke
Golden Boy2013TV SeriesAndrew Lightstone
Gossip Girl2007-2012TV SeriesBart Bass
NYC 222012TV SeriesDeputy Inspector Dennis McClaren
Safe2012/ICaptain Wolf
Rescue Me2004-2011TV SeriesMickey Gavin
White Collar2011TV SeriesPatrick O'Leary
Blue Bloods2010TV SeriesJyle Hogan
Brooklyn's Finest2009State Trooper #1
Miracle at St. Anna2008General Ned Almond
Generation Kill2008TV Mini-SeriesMaj. Gen. James 'Chaos' Mattis
Rescue Me Minisodes2008TV SeriesMickey Gavin
Kidnapped2006-2007TV SeriesBellows
Somewhere in the City2007Short
The Ex2006Colonel (as Robert Burke)
Six Degrees2006TV SeriesDavid
Jack's Law2006Det. Ron Banks
The Oh in Ohio2006Binky Taylor
The Water Is Wide2006TV MovieColonel Conroy
Munich2005Belligerent American
Happy2005/IShortBen's Dad
Good Night, and Good Luck.2005Charlie Mack
Hide and Seek2005Steven
Law & Order1995-2004TV SeriesLt. Colonel Milton Danbury / FBI Agent Ron Innes / Arthur 'Buzz' Palley
Connie and Carla2004Rudy
The Sopranos2004TV SeriesOfficer Zmuida
Speak2004Mr. Neck
CSI: Miami2003TV SeriesFBI Agent Jim Resdon
Tea Time with Roy & Sylvia2003ShortRoy
Oz2000-2003TV SeriesSpecial Agent Pierce Taylor
Queens Supreme2003TV SeriesSpecial Agent Jeff Donaldson
For Earth Below2002ShortAutomated Bank Voice (voice)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind2002Instructor Jenks
Sex and the City2002TV SeriesWalker Lewis
Witchblade2002TV SeriesDet. Dean Gorner
State Property2002Bob (as Robert Burke)
No Such Thing2001The Monster
Falcone2000TV Series
Somewhere in the City1998Frankie
Alptraum im Airport1998TV MoviePaul Bacon (as Robert Burke)
A Bright Shining Lie1998TV MovieFrank Drummond
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesBill Anders
Homicide: Life on the Street1998TV SeriesJeffrey Andrews
Mayday - Flug in den Tod1997Tom Hutton (as Robert Burke)
First Love, Last Rites1997Henry
Cop Land1997Officer B
Thinner1996Billy Halleck
Fled1996Pat Schiller
If Lucy Fell1996Handsome Man
Flirt1995Men's Room Man # (as Robert Burke)
Killer: A Journal of Murder1995R.G. Greiser
Screen Two1995TV SeriesSteve
Heaven & Earth1993G.I. Paul
Tombstone1993Frank McLaury (as Robert Burke)
RoboCop versus The Terminator1993Video GameOfficer Alex J. Murphy / RoboCop
RoboCop 31993RoboCop (as Robert Burke)
A Far Off Place1993Paul Parker (as Robert Burke)
Simple Men1992Bill McCabe (as Robert Burke)
Dust Devil1992Dust Devil (as Robert Burke)
Rambling Rose1991Dave Wilkie (as Robert Burke)
The Unbelievable Truth1989Josh (as Robert Burke)
Nightmare Weekend1986Dave (as Robert Burke)
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesO'Toole
Gangster Wars1981Officer Reardon
The Chosen1981Levi Saunders (as Robert Burke)


Headless Body in Topless Bar1995special thanks - as Robert Burke


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2014TV Series
Safe: Criminal Battleground2012Video shortHimself
Years Later: The Unbelievable Truth and its Consequences2010Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Army Wives: A Final Salute2014TV Movie archival
Gossip Girl: XO XO2012TV Movie documentaryBart Bass
Kidnapped2007TV SeriesBellows


Nominated Awards

2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastGood Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureGood Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
1993Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActorDust Devil (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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