- While in his teens, he taught himself guitar and piano, wrote songs and formed a band that made it to a national battle-of-the-bands competition.
- Recorded four original songs with Phil Ramone as part of a deal with Warner Brothers Records.
- Made his film debut in the 1990 indie film Daredreamer, but had his big break in the 1998 comedy Mafia!
- Had his first role as a television-series regular on the short-lived drama Wonderland.
- The first time he met Twilight costar Kristen Stewart (who plays his daughter in the film) was on a plane, where he tapped her on the shoulder and introduced himself to the confused actress as her dad.
- Bluesy LaRue Burke — Daughter
- Polly Brown — Wife
- Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, United States
- Birth Name: William Albert Burke
- Birth Place: Bellingham, Washington, United States
- Profession: Actor, Singer, Songwriter
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