Richard Burgi

Richard Burgi

Birth name: Richard William Burgi
Born: July 30, 1958
Age: 65
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.
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Richard William Burgi (born July 30, 1958) is an American film and television actor. He's known for the roles of Det. Jim Ellison on The Sentinel, TV Reporter 1 on Christmas Twister, and as Karl Mayer on Desperate Housewives.


Early life

Burgi was born in the suburbs of Montclair, New Jersey. His family was involved in community theatre. His brother, Chuck Burgi, is a well-known rock drummer who has most recently toured with Billy Joel. After high school, Burgi travelled through the US and Europe, taking odd jobs.


Burgi began his career in New York, which led to regular roles on the Manhattan-based daytime soap operas One Life to Live, Another World and As the World Turns. After moving to Los Angeles, he starred on another soap opera, Days of Our Lives. He later received a role on Viper after a string of guest appearances on television shows, including a television film debut in Chameleons in 1989. His first lead role was in the 1994 television series One West Waikiki.

Burgi was cast as the lead in the series The Sentinel, which was cancelled after three seasons, leaving key plot issues unresolved; an intense fan campaign convinced the network to film an additional half-season worth of episodes to end the series properly. He later received recurring roles on The District, 24 and Judging Amy as well as bit parts in other television series and films, including Matlock. In the 1998 made-for-TV remake of the movie I Married a Monster, Burgi starred as Nick Farrell (the monster).

Since 2004, Burgi has appeared on Desperate Housewives playing Karl Mayer, soon promoted to a regular cast member in season two. He also starred in the big-screen thriller Cellular in 2004 as well as a remake of Fun with Dick and Jane and chick flick In Her Shoes as Toni Colette's love interest in 2005. In 2007, Burgi was cast in the horror film Hostel: Part II. In 2009, he played the police officer in Friday the 13th and a stylish doctor in Nip/Tuck.

Burgi guest-starred as Thomas Wellington in CBS's Harper's Island (2009).

In 2010, Burgi guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2011, Burgi guest-starred on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. In 2011, it was announced that he would play Karl Parker in My Family USA, which premiered on September 26, 2011. In 2011, Burgi gained a new recurring role as CIA hitman Clyde Decker, who is part of a government conspiracy targeting the title character in Chuck. In 2011, Burgi appeared in season 9 of One Tree Hill as Brooke Davis's father. In 2012, he starred in cult classic "Christmas Twister" as TV Reporter 1, in which his character was killed trying to parry away a low flying shipping container. In 2013, Burgi guest-starred on Lifetime's Devious Maids as a brother, uncle, and love interest, Henri.

Personal life

Burgi married Lori Kahn on November 25, 1995. They have two sons, Jack and Samuel, and live in Laguna Beach, California. Jack was born December 8, 1996, and Samuel (Sam) was born August 15, 2000. Burgi married Liliana Lopez in February 2012.


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Year Title Role Notes ref
2004 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation Capt. V.J. Dax Direct-to-video sequel to the 1997 feature film Starship Troopers
Decoys Detective Francis Kirk Science fiction and horror film
Cellular Craig Martin
2005 In Her Shoes Jim Danvers
Hostel: Part II Todd Sequel to the 2005 horror film Hostel
2009 Friday the 13th Officer Bracke A reboot of the Friday the 13th film series
2013 The Green Inferno Charles Released on September 25, 2015
2014 Fatal Instinct Michael Decker


Year Title Role Notes ref
1986-88 Another World Chad Rollo Main
1991 The Flash Curtis Bohannan Episode: "Deadly Nightshade" (S 1:Ep 16)
1992-93 Days of Our Lives Philip Collier Main
1994-96 One West Waikiki Lieutenant Mack Wolfe Main
1994 Seinfeld Ben Pfeffer Episode: "The Hamptons" (S 5:Ep 21)
1996-99 The Sentinel Jim Ellison Main
1999 Action Cole Ricardi Episodes:
  • "Gross Player" (S 1:Ep 1)
  • "Blowhard" (S 1:Ep 4)
2000-03 The District Captain Vincent Hunter Recurring
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Jimmy O'Connor / Ray Tambor Episode: "The Knockout" (S 2:Ep 18)
2001-02 24
  • Alan York
  • Kevin Carroll
2002-03 Judging Amy Michael Cassidy Recurring
2002 Firefly Lieutenant Womack Episode: "The Message" (S 1:Ep 12)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rick Weston Episode: "High and Low" (S 3: Ep 10)
2004-13 Desperate Housewives Karl Mayer
  • Main 1
  • Recurring 2
  • Guest 3
2007 Las Vegas Vince Peterson Recurring
Shark Dr. Neil Fuller Episode: "Eye Of The Beholder" (S 2:Ep 3)
Big Shots Gavin Carter Episode: "The Way We Weren't" (S 1:Ep 8)
2008 Reaper Mike Volta Episode: "The Leak" (S 1:Ep 17)
2009 Knight Rider Jack Hurst Episode: "Knight To King's Pawn" (S 1:Ep 12)
Nip/Tuck Dr. Logan Taper Episode: "Allegra Caldarello" (S 5:Ep 21)
Harper's Island Thomas Wellington Miniseries
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Richard Morgan Episode: "Confidential" (S 11:Ep 15)
NCIS Randall Hammond Episode: "Patriot Down" ( S7:Ep 23)
Lie to me Governor Brooks Episode: "Bullet Bump" (S 2:Ep 17)
2011 Breakout Kings Andre Brennan Episode: "One For The Money" (S 1:Ep 9)
Hot in Cleveland Timothy Episode: "Unseparated at Birthdates" (S 2:Ep 13)
The Glades Dr. William Grant Episode: "Addicted To Love" (S 2:Ep 7)
Castle Charlie Turner Episode: "Heartbreak Hotel" (S 4:Ep 8)
Chuck Clyde Decker Episodes:
  • "Chuck Versus the Zoom" (S 5:Ep 1)
  • "Chuck Versus the Business Trip" (S 5:Ep 4)
  • "Chuck Versus the Hack Off" (S 5:Ep 5)
2012 One Tree Hill Ted Davis Recurring 4
CSI: Miami Randall Stafford Episode: "Law & Disorder" (S 10:Ep 18)
Burn Notice Morris Episode: "Reunion" (S 6:Ep 7)
Blue Bloods Councilman Tommy Mancini Episode: "Domestic Disturbance" (S 3:Ep 2)
2013 Body of Proof D.A. Dan Russell Recurring
Devious Maids Henri Episode: "Making Your Bed" (S 1:Ep 4)
Kirstie Tony Cameron Episode: "Arlo Moves In" (S 1:Ep 2)
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Curtis Novak Episode: "O ka Pili 'Ohana ka 'Oi" (S 4:Ep 22)
2015-present General Hospital Paul Hornsby Recurring
  1. ^ Season 2
  2. ^ Seasons 1, 5 & 6
  3. ^ Seasons 3, 4 & 8
  4. ^ Season 9

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