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Also Known As: William Albert Burke Died:
Born: November 25, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bellingham, Washington, USA Profession: actor, musician

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A sturdy lead cut from the classic leading man mold of the 1950s, Billy Burke was an American actor who graduated from indie features and television to substantial roles in Hollywood features. A drama student in his native Seattle, he earned his big break in the slapstick comedy "Mafia!" (1998), but hewed to more dramatic fare in subsequent efforts. A steady stream of supporting roles and guest shots led to recurring appearances on "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and other top series, which significantly increased his profile. Burke eventually returned to features with choice turns in major productions like "Ladder 49" (2004), "Fracture" (2007) and, most famously, as Bella Swan's ever-exasperated father in the vampire "Twilight" franchise that included five films altogether. In addition to stealing scenes from Robert Pattinson and onscreen daughter Kristen Stewart in the tween screen sensation, Burke branched out with starring roles in such projects as "Drive Angry" (2011) and landed back on the small screen, multi-tasking on two shows at the same time: "Revolution" (NBC, 2012- ) and the hit "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 2010- ). A personable actor who projected confidence and sensitivity with each of his...

A sturdy lead cut from the classic leading man mold of the 1950s, Billy Burke was an American actor who graduated from indie features and television to substantial roles in Hollywood features. A drama student in his native Seattle, he earned his big break in the slapstick comedy "Mafia!" (1998), but hewed to more dramatic fare in subsequent efforts. A steady stream of supporting roles and guest shots led to recurring appearances on "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and other top series, which significantly increased his profile. Burke eventually returned to features with choice turns in major productions like "Ladder 49" (2004), "Fracture" (2007) and, most famously, as Bella Swan's ever-exasperated father in the vampire "Twilight" franchise that included five films altogether. In addition to stealing scenes from Robert Pattinson and onscreen daughter Kristen Stewart in the tween screen sensation, Burke branched out with starring roles in such projects as "Drive Angry" (2011) and landed back on the small screen, multi-tasking on two shows at the same time: "Revolution" (NBC, 2012- ) and the hit "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 2010- ). A personable actor who projected confidence and sensitivity with each of his performances, Burke was among the more dependable players in film and television going into the next millennium.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Divine Access (2015)
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 Freaky Deaky (2013)
5.
 Drive Angry (2011)
6.
 Red Riding Hood (2011)
8.
 Luster (2010)
10.
 Removal (2010)
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Began singing at age nine and joined a band at 15
1990:
Made feature film debut in the independent film "Dare Dreamer"
1994:
First TV role was an episode of the sci-fi series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndicated)
1998:
First substantial film role as Joey Cortino, Lloyd Bridges¿s `psychotic¿ son in "Mafia!"
2000:
Starred as psychiatrist Abe Matthews on the short-lived ABC series "Wonderland"
2001:
Cast in a small role opposite Morgan Freeman in the thriller "Along Came a Spider"
2002:
Joined the second season of "24" (Fox) in a recurring role
2003:
Appeared in several episodes of The WB series "Gilmore Girls"
2004:
Played a young firefighter opposite Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta in "Ladder 49"
2004:
Cast as Attorney John Ranguso on the short-lived Fox series "The Jury"
2007:
Joined Robert Benton's ensemble drama "Feast of Love"
2007:
Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in the psychological thriller "Fracture"
2008:
Appeared in several episodes of "My Boys" (TBS) as Bobby's (Kyle Howard) smooth-talking brother
2008:
Cast as Charlie Swan in the feature adaptation of Stephenie Meyer¿s bestselling novel "Twilight"
2009:
Reprised the role of Charlie Swan in the sequel "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
2010:
Reprised the role of Charlie Swan in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
2011:
Cast as Cesaire in fantasy thriller "Red Riding Hood"
2011:
Reprised role of Charlie Swan in the Bill Condon directed "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ¿ Part 1"
2012:
Co-starred on NBC drama series "Revolution" as former Marine sergeant-turned-bartender Miles Matheson
2012:
Returned in franchise's final film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ¿ Part 2," also directed by Bill Condon
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Education

Western Washington University: Bellingham , Washington -
Sehome High School: Bellingham , Washington - 1984

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