Actor Jere Burns

Jere Eugene Burns II (born October 15, 1954) is an American actor who has appeared in theatre productions and on television. He played the roles of ladies’ man Kirk Morris on the television series Dear John, DIA psychiatrist Anson Fullerton on the television series Burn Notice, and Dixie Mafia middle-man Wynn Duffy on Justified.

Early life

Jere Eugene Burns II was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of a gown and cap manufacturer. Burns was drawn to acting late in college. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1980, he moved to Manhattan and was cast in the title role in Don Juan at the New York Shakespeare Festival.


Burns has appeared on Broadway; his Broadway theatre credits include Hairspray and After the Night and the Music.

Burns made his television debut in a small role on ABC’s ABC Afterschool Special episode “Mom’s on Strike” in 1984. He had a recurring role as rapist James Fitzsimmons on Hill Street Blues and body collector Breughel on Max Headroom. In 1988 he landed the role of sleazy Kirk Morris on Dear John. In 1989 he appeared in the William Lustig film Hit List as Jared Riley. He appeared as the villainous Cade Dalton on the NBC miniseries The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991), hateful Vice President of Sales Pete Schmidt on Bob (1993), a member of the feuding family in Greedy (1994), Jack Farrell in Something So Right (1996), and Ben Stuart in Life-Size (2000). He portrayed the title character’s brother in “The Trouble with Harry”, an episode of the series Twice in a Lifetime directed by David Winning (2000); Frank Alfonse on Good Morning, Miami (2002); Keith on The King of Queens (2006); Michael on Help Me Help You (2006); Dr. Jim on Surviving Suburbia (2007); Derek Ford on Psych, Bosco on Grey’s Anatomy (2013); and Jacob Tiernan on Lucifer (2019). He starred as an FBI agent in the movie Otis (2008). Other screen credits include Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001).[citation needed]

In 2010, he appeared in AMC’s series Breaking Bad as the group leader for a Narcotics Anonymous meeting as a part of a twelve-step program, which main character Jesse Pinkman attended. He also had a recurring role on FX’s Justified as Wynn Duffy, a sadistic lieutenant in the Dixie Mafia, and appeared as villain Anson Fullerton in Seasons 5 and 6 (2011–2012) of Burn Notice on USA Network.

Burns had a recurring role as Jake Abernathy on the A&E series Bates Motel in 2013, and appeared as Lieutenant Atkins in the TBS series Angie Tribeca.

Personal life

In 1982, Burns was married to Melissa Keeler. After 14 years of marriage, they filed for divorce in 1996. The following year in 1997, he married actress Kathleen Kinmont, and they divorced in 1999. In 2008, he was married to Leslie Cohen. They later divorced in 2018 after ten years of marriage.

He has four children.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Touch and Go Levesque
1986 Let’s Get Harry Washington Aide
1989 Hit List Jared Riley
1989 Wired Lou Connors
1994 Greedy Glen McTeague
1997 Santa Fe Dr. Dan Yates
1998 My Giant Weller, the Movie Director
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Arnan Rothman
2002 Mother Ghost Cemetery Agent
2002 New Suit Dixon Grain
2005 What’s Up, Scarlet? Ben Zabrinski
2008 Otis Agent Ralph Hotchkiss Direct-to-video
2009 Two:Thirteen Jeffrey Nobels
2011 Prom Principal Dunnan
2014 The Crop The Farmer Short film
2014 The Amateur Joey’s Dad
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Herb Thompkins
2015 The Muppets: First Look Presentation Carl Short film
2015 The Funhouse Massacre Mental Manny
2016 Hot Air Major
2018 Game Over, Man! Mr. Duncan Uncredited
2018 Incredibles 2 Detective (voice)
2018 Adolescence Mr. Z
2020 The Catch Eddie Nance
2020 Evan Wood Professor Timothy Phillips


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Psychiatrist Steve Episode: “God Bless the Children (Pilot)”
1984 Hill Street Blues James Fitzsimmons Episodes: “Watt a Way to Go” and “Rookie Nookie”
1984 ABC Afterschool Special Hal Episode: “Mom’s on Strike”
1985 Street Hawk Eddie Watson Episode: “Fire on the Wing”
1985 Riptide Kefler Episode: “The Twisted Cross”
1985 Hunter Greg Jones Episode: “The Beach Boy”
1986 Remington Steele Rick Badham Episode: “Steele on the Air”
1986 The Last Precinct Episode: “Pilot”
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Brother Vinnie Episode: “God, the Universe & Hot Fudge Sundaes”
1987 Ohara Greene Episode: “Eddie”
1987–1988 Max Headroom Breughel / Breughal 4 episodes
1987 Crime Story Pinter Episode: “Little Girl Lost”
Credited as Jere Burns II
1988 Jake and the Fatman Kevin Barry Episode: “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan”
1988–1992 Dear John Kirk Morris 90 episodes
1989 Turn Back the Clock William Hawkins Television movie
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter Cliff Bartel Television movie
1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Cade Dalton Television movie
1993 Down the Shore Episode: “A Married Man”
1993 Bob Pete Schmidt 8 episodes
1994–1995 The Mommies Tom Booker 18 episodes
1995 Eye of the Stalker Stephen Primes Television movie
1996 The Secret She Carried Lewis Snow Television movie
1996–1998 Something So Right Jack Farrell 37 episodes
1998 Fantasy Island Pete Collins Episode: “We’re Not Worthy”
1999 Vengeance Unlimited Steven Jensen Uncredited
Episode: “Friends”
1999 Just Shoot Me! Roy Episode: “Nina’s Choice”
1999–2001 Pokemon Camp Professor Thaddeus Norwood 5 episodes
1999 Road Rage Eddie Madden Television movie
2000 Life-Size Ben Stuart Television movie
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Thomas “Tom” Lasky / Tom the Homeless Man Episode: “The Trouble with Harry”
2000 For Your Love Andy Winston Episode: “The Talented Mr. Ripoff”
2000 Cover Me Kerry Fever Episode: “The Fever Flip”
2000 Touched by an Angel Sam Rigney Episode: “Legacy”
2001 The Outer Limits Jake Worthy Episode: “The Vessel”
2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Gabriel Episode: “Time After Time”
2002 Family Law John Carruthers Episode: “Big Brother”
2002–2004 Good Morning, Miami Frank Alfano 35 episodes
2002 State of Grace Chip Wheeler Episodes: “Sophisticated Ladies” and “A Taste of Money”
2004–2007 Kim Possible Mego (voice) Episodes: “Go Team Go” and “Stop Team Go!”
2005 8 Simple Rules Commissioner Episode: “VolleyBrawl”
2005 Las Vegas Dan Clayman Episode: “One Nation, Under Surveillance”
2005 All of Us Brian Goodman 3 episodes
2006 The War at Home Howard Episode: “Snow Job”
2006 The King of Queens Keith Episode: “Hartford Wailer”
2006 Will & Grace Man in Cast Episode: “Finale: Part 1”
2006 Dr. Vegas Lawyer Friend Episode: “Heal Thyself”
2006–2007 Help Me Help You Michael 14 episodes
2006–2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. Joe Isaacs Episodes: “BL: Los Angeles” and “Rode vs. Wade: The Musical”
2006 Four Kings Norman the Doorman Episode: “Upper West Side Story”
2008 Psych Derek Ford Episode: “Disco Didn’t Die. It Was Murdered!”
2008 According to Jim Jerry Episodes: “Andy’s Proposal” and “Cabin Boys”
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Shaw Episode: “The Gone Dead Train”
2009 Surviving Suburbia Dr. Jim 13 episodes
2010 The Geniuses Charles Bodin Television movie
2010 The Good Guys Patrick Drayton Episode: “The Whistleblower”
2010–2015 Justified Wynn Duffy 46 episodes
2010–2011 Breaking Bad Group Leader 4 episodes
2010 Strange Brew Ted Television movie
2011 Retired at 35 Donald Episode: “Pilot”
2011 Love Begins Sheriff Holden Television movie
2011 Off the Map Richie Salerno Episode: “There’s Nothing to Fix”
2011–2012 Burn Notice Anson Fullerton 9 episodes
2011 Family Practice George Foote Television movie
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Spencer Madsen Episode: “Popilikia”
2013 Bates Motel Jake Abernathy 4 episodes
2013 Grey’s Anatomy Ben Bosco Episode: “Map of You”
2015 Last Man Standing Victor Vogelson Episode: “Daddy Dearest”
2015 Suits Vince Sanfilippo Episode: “Denial”
2015 The Muppets Carl Episodes: “Pilot” and “Pig Girls Don’t Cry”
2015 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Winchester Greely Episodes: “The Last Temptation of Richard Gecko” and “There Will Be Blood”
2016 Major Crimes Elliot Chase Episode: “Moral Hazard”
2016–2018 Angie Tribeca Chet Atkins, Paddy Atkins, Eric Atkins 40 episodes
2017–2018 American Dad! Dimitrious Pertz (voice) Episodes: “The Bitchin’ Race” and “”
2017–2018 I’m Dying Up Here Sid Robbins 5 episodes
2018 The X-Files Dr. Randolph Luvenis Episode: “Nothing Lasts Forever”
2019 The Cool Kids John 3 episodes
2019 Lucifer Jacob Tiernan Episode: “Devil Is as Devil Does”
2019 The Detour Blu Brown Episode: “The Entertainer”
2019 All Rise Adam Pryce Episode: “Fool for Liv”
2020 Dead to Me Howard Hastings 3 episodes
2020 Sydney to the Max Davey Rogers Episode: “Look Who’s Rocking”

External Links

Actor Jere Burns – Wikipedia

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