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Billy Burke
Biographical information
Birth name

William Albert Burke

Born

November 25, 1966 (1966-11-25) (age 48)

Nationality

American

Gender

Male

Eye color

Brown

Hair color

Dark Brown

Height

6'0" (183 cm)

Career
Years active

1990-present

In Twilight saga

Charlie Swan

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William Albert "Billy" Burke (born November 25, 1966 in Bellingham, Washington, USA) appears in all the movies of the series as Charlie Swan.

He began singing at age nine, and joined a band at age fifteen. He continued to work with bands and study/performing drama at Western Washington University. He performed in Seattle at the Annex Theater, New City Festival, and the A.H.A. Theater. He made his feature film debut in the independent film Daredreamer (1990) and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in singing and acting. He has since appeared in such films as Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998), Marshal Law (1996) (TV) and Roman Paris. He has made guest appearances on such television shows as Party of Five (1994) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).

Burke is set to star in J.J. Abrams's Revolution NBC Mondays 10:00/9:00c after The Voice during the 2012–13 television season, starring with J.D. Pardo.

BiographyEdit

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Billy playing his guitar

Cut from the cloth of Hollywood's most enduring leading men, Burke graces the American screen with a resounding presence and a seemingly effortless ability to inhabit the roles he plays. Though admittedly untrained in the craft, he has built a body of work that is looked upon by.

Burke moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a musician, not as an actor. A demo deal with a major record label that "didn't quite pan out", left him to explore the only other thing he "knew he was good at". With two independent films shot in his native Seattle under his belt, he began auditioning and very soon working as an actor. After a string of mostly "bad guy with facial hair" TV guest appearances, he landed his first studio picture role in the Zucker brothers' genre spoof Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998). Capitalizing on his deadpan comedic sensibilities, he then won the title role in Dill Scallion (1999), the cult classic "mockumentary" about the rise and fall of a slightly touched country music singer. Co-starring in "Dill", was then fledgling writer/director Peter Berg. It was Berg who brought Billy back to television to play "Dr. Abe Matthews" in the acclaimed ABC drama "Wonderland" (2000). Although its life on the air was short-lived, "Wonderland" (2000) won the hearts of critics and fans, alike, and was recently re-released in its entirety on DirecTV.

Paramount's Along Came a Spider (2001) marked Billy's first revisit to studio films. He then returned yet again to television for the second season of Fox's mega hit series "24" (2001). His disturbing portrayal of abusive father and husband "Gary Matheson" still resonates as a fan favorite.

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Billy Burke in the Eclipse set

In 2004, Billy teamed up with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix in the firefighter drama Ladder 49 (2004). It was here that the studios once again began to recognize his on-screen magnetism. So, after another steady stream of notable television performances, he was cast alongside Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling in New Line's hit thriller Fracture (2007/I), directed by "NYPD Blue" (1993) creator Gregory Hoblit. This multi-layered turn as a flawed cop snared by his own aberrations caught the eye of Academy Award winning director Robert Benton. Benton swiftly invited Billy to join the cast of his and Lakeshore Entertainment's Feast of Love (2007), which included Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear. As fate would have it, neither Gregory Hoblit nor Lakeshore had seen enough of Burke's dry wit and unshakable persona, so when it came time to find a match for Diane Lane in Untraceable (2008), he got the call to play the rock solid "Detective Eric Box".

Since arriving in Hollywood in the early 90s, Billy Burke has never stopped working. There are countless credits that come in between the afore-mentioned that of course, also serve as a testament to his gift and longevity. However, it was a chance viewing of Dill Scallion (1999) that struck an indelible head turn for director Catherine Hardwicke. The impression Billy's performance left, lasted until they met in 2007 while Hardwicke and Summit Entertainment were looking for someone to play "Charlie Swan" in their film adaptations of the bestselling book series The "Twilight" Saga. After a brief meeting and read-through of a few scenes, Billy and Catherine agreed... it was "meant to be". Summit followed suit and welcomed him into the franchise. Millions of fans around the world have concurred with the choice and the overwhelming response to his theatrical work has given him solace in the fact that he never got that record deal.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Major Crimes Phillip Stroh Season 3 finale
2013 Angels in Stardust The Cowboy
Highland Park Lloyd Howard
2012-2014 Revolution Miles Matheson TV NBC Mondays 10:00/9:00c during the 2012–13 television season
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Charlie Swan November 16, 2012
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Charlie Swan November 18, 2011
Red Riding Hood Cesaire
2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Charlie Swan
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Charlie Swan
Luster Tito
Ticket Out Dennis
Baby O Sergio
The Closer Mr. Stroh TV, 1 episode
2008 Twilight Charlie Swan
Fringe Lucas Vogel TV, 1 episode
My Boys Jack Newman TV. 4 episodes
The Grift Wade Buchanan
Untraceable Detective Eric Box
2007 Feast of Love David Watson
Fracture lt. Robert 'Rob' Nunally
Forfeit Frank
Law & Order Attorney Farmer TV, 1 episode
Three Days to Vegas Billy Simpson
Backyards & Bullets TV Movie
HBO First Look Himself The Making of 'Fracture'
2005 World Poker Tour Himself Hollywood Home Game VIII
2004 Ladder 49 Dennis Gauquin
The Jury John Ranguso TV, 2 episodes
Monk Brad Terry TV, 1 episode
2003 Karen Sisco Merle Salchek TV, 1 episode
Lost Junction Jimmy McGee
Gilmore Girls Alex Lesman TV, 3 episodes
Something More Peter
2002–2003 24 Gary Matheson TV, 7 episodes
2002 Flashpoint Shaw TV Movie
2001 Final Jeopardy Mike Chapman TV Movie
Along Came a Spider Ben Devine
After Image Sammy
2000–2009 Wonderland Dr. Abe Matthews TV. 5 episodes
2000 The Independent Dwayne
1999 Komodo Oates
Dill Scallion Dill Scallion
1998 Don't Look Down Mark Engel
Without Limits Kenny Moore
Mafia! Joey Cortino
1997 VR.5 Marco TV, 1 episode
1996 Marshal Law Monk TV Movie
The Ultimate Lie TV Movie
Gone in the Night Rob Kinny TV Movie
Party of Five Gil TV, 1 episode
1995 Strange Luck TV, 1 episode
Vanishing Son Spider McKeun TV, 1 episode
All-American Girl Cody Tv, 1 episode
1994 Party of Five Guy in Club
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ari TV, 1 episode
1991 To Cross the Rubicon James Bird
1990 Daredreamer

WriterEdit

Year Film Notes
2004 Dead & Breakfast Story
2003 Something More

ProducerEdit

Year Film Notes
2003 Something More co-producer

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