Billy Burke

Inside Biography

American versatile actor, Billy Burke is well recognized for his role, Chris Swan (father of Bella) in fantasy movie Twilight and its franchise. He is also known for his role, Cesaire in romantic horror film Red Riding Hood. Some of his motion pictures credit Ladder 49, Fracture, Along Came a Spider. Moving towards the TV, Burke started his TV career in 1994 in an episode of Party Five. He is famously known for his roles in TV series like Revolution, Major Crimes, and Zoo. His performance in the series Revolution helped him earn Saturn Award nomination.        

Early Life And Education Of Billy Burke

Billy Burke was born William Albert Burke on 25th November 1966 in Everett, Washington under the birth sign Sagittarius. Burke completed his schooling from Sehome High School and later graduated from Western Washington University.

Don’t know who this kid is but he seems to be pretty pleased with himself. Perhaps he knows that his present hair do won’t look nearly as bad in comparison to those of his future self.
Thank u everyone everywhere for the lovely birthday greetings and wishes. -bb

— Billy Burke (@billy_burke) November 26, 2017

Burke started singing from the early age of nine and joined the band at the age of 15. He himself learned to play guitar and piano. As a musician, he performed in Seattle at the Annex Theater, the A.H.A Theater and New City Festival among others. The band recorded four songs with Phil Ramone with Warner Brothers Records.

Billy Burke’s Career


Billy Burke made his Hollywood debut in 1990 as Dante of the Three D’s in the movie Daredreamer. The following year, Burke appeared as James Bird in To Cross the Rubicon. In 1998, he appeared in a lead role in horror TV film, Don’t Look Down starring, Megan Ward.

Back to back, Burke worked in several movies like Without Limits, Mafia!, After Image, Feast of Live, Three Days to Vegas, and HBO First Look among others. Particularly, he is famous for his role in Twilight and its franchise:


Burke’s breakthrough came in 2008 from the romantic fantasy film, Twilight which is based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel of the same name. In the movie, he played the character, Charlie Shaw, who is the father of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and a Forks’ Chief of Police.


After Twilight, he appeared in other four franchise of the movie including The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1 (2011) and  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2 (2012). 

Burke is also well known for his role, Cesaire in the romance horror film, Red Riding Hood produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie starred Amada Seyfried, Megan Charpentier, and Virginia Madsen. As of 2018, he worked as Eddie in James McTeigue’s movie Breaking In.

TV Series

 Burke made his TV debut as Guy in Club in an episode of Party of Five in 1994 and subsequently worked in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He then worked in a small role in several TV series like Marshal Law, Wonderland, 24, Gilmore Girls, Law & Order, My Boys, The Closer and Major Crimes.

TV Series Role IMDB Rating

Cast Members

Revolution (2012-14) Miles Matheson 6.7 Tracy Spiridakos, David Lyons, Elizabeth Mitchell and Giancarlo Esposito.
Major Crimes (2015-18) Phillip Stroh 7.6 Mary McDonnell, Anthony Denison, G.W. Bailey and Graham Patrick Martin.
Zoo (2015-17) Mitch Morgan 6.9 James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie and Alyssa Diaz.

His role in the series Revolution helped him to get nominated for Saturn Award in the category of Best Actor. Besides, Burke also worked as a producer and writer.

Billy Burke Net Worth 

As per Celebrity Net Worth and The Richest, Billy Burke has an estimated net worth of $ 5 million. Burke’s major source of income is his acting career. He worked in several high box office collection movies.

Here is the list of his hit movies:

Movies Budget Box Office Collection IMDB Rating Awards and Nominations Cast Members
Along Came a Spider (2001) $60 million $105.2 million 6.3
  • Won BMI Film & TV Award.
  • Nominated for NAACP Image Award.
Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott and Mika Boorem.
Ladder 49 (2004) $60 million $102.3 million 6.5   John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Jacinda Barrett and Robert Patrick.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) $50 million $709.7 million 4.7
  • Won ShoWest Fandango Fan Choice AwardEmpire AwardNickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and  Teen Choice Awards.
  • Nominated for Tenn Choice Award, Saturn Award, and Young Artist Award.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Ashley Greene.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) $68 million $698.5 million 5.0
  • Won National Movie Award, Teen Choice AwardScream Award and MTV Movie Award.
  • Nominated for Saturn AwardTeen Choice AwardGolden Raspberry Award and Grammy Award.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Bryce Dallas Howard
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down- Part 1 (2011) $127.5 million $712.2 million 4.9
  • Nominated for Razzie Award.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Nikki Reed.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down- Part 2 (2012) $136.2 million $829.7 million 5.5
  • Won Empire AwardGolden Raspberry AwardPeople's Choice Award and Teen Choice Award.
  • Nominated for Young Artist Award, and Golden Raspberry Award.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy.
Lights Out (2016) $4.9 million $148.9 million 6.3
  • Won Palm Springs International Film Festival.
  • Nominated for Fright Meter Award.
Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman and Alexander DiPersia

According to some online sources, a TV star averagely makes a salary ranges between $150k -$ 1million. Besides, he owns a 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid worth $20,028 to $23,882. He also owns a house in Sherman Oaks which he bought for $1.95 in 2011, but in 2017, he listed the house for $2.75 million.

Billy Burke’s Personal Life

The versatile actor, Billy Burke, is a married man who tied the knot to his longtime girlfriend, Pollyanna Ross on 15th June 2008 in a private ceremony in the presence of their friends and families. His wife was previously married to British actor, Max Brown.

The couple shares a baby named, Bluesy LaRue Burke who was born in 2008. 

The couple is still together without any divorce rumors. The pair attends several events and functions together.

Prior, Burke was in a relationship with beautiful Canadian actress, Neve Campbell, current wife of JJ Field from 2002 to 2004. The couple separated for some unrevealed reasons.

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