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Judging Amy, Desperate Housewives, Hostel: Part II, The Sentinel
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Richard William Burgi
Richard William Burgi (born July 30, 1958) is an American film and television actor best known for the roles of Det. Jim Ellison on The Sentinel and as Karl Mayer on Desperate Housewives.
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Richard Burgi was born on July 30, 1958, in suburban Monclair, New Jersey, to a family heavily involved with music. One of four children, Richard was born to a father who was a drummer, a mother who was a singer and is the sibling to a brother who also became a drummer. This exposure to music could have contributed to Richard's involvement with community theatre during his formative years. After graduating from Montclair High School, Richard traveled through Europe for a time before returning to the United States to begin his acting career. He began his career in the mid 1980s securing consistent television work. Richard played on Another World (1964) from 1986-88. In that same year, Richard appeared on As the World Turns (1956) from 1988-89, also working an episode in of One Life to Live (1968) in '88.
Throughout the 1990s, Richard found substantially-steady work across various television series including Days of Our Lives (1965) (1992-93) before landing his eventual leading role on the crime drama The Sentinel (1996) as Detective James Ellison. Other work included reprising roles on 24 (2001), Judging Amy (1999), Point Pleasant (2005), Las Vegas (2003), Chuck (2007), One Tree Hill (2003) and Desperate Housewives (2004). Richard's film work includes the sci-fi "alien bugs vs humans" sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004), Cellular (2004), the Jim Carrey comedy Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), the Cameron Diaz comedy In Her Shoes (2005), Hostel: Part II (2007), and Friday the 13th (2009). In 2013, Richard landed a recurring role as D.A. Dan Russell on the series Body of Proof (2011). He is married to Liliana Lopez and is the father of two sons, Jack b. 1996 and Sam b. in 2000.
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Montclair High School
Old Dominion University
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Innovative Artists L.A.
TV commercial for Milk (1991)
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