Leo Burmester

Actor, University teacher
Burly character player, on stage and in films from the late 1970s, Leo Burmester oft plays cops and rural types on TV and in films, but on stage has performed as Osric in "Hamlet" (Kevin Kline in title role) for the New ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1944 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

America Brown 2005 (Movie)

Bo Williams (Actor)

Carry Me Home 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

Col. Beauregard (Actor)

Denis Leary: Behind the Anger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Betsy 2003 (Movie)

Emmet Rounds (Actor)

City by the Sea 2002 (Movie)

Lieutenant Katt (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baywatch Hawaii 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting to Know You 2000 (Movie)

Lamar Pike Sr (Actor)

The Farmhouse 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

Harmon King (Actor)

Saturn 1999 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Dumbarton Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

River Red 1998 (Movie)

Judge Perkins (Actor)

You're the One 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

... First Do No Harm 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Going West in America 1997 (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

Out of the Storm 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Florida Prosecutor (Actor)

William Faulkner's Old Man 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lone Star 1996 (Movie)

Cody (Actor)

The Neon Bible 1996 (Movie)

Bobbie Lee Taylor (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fly By Night 1994 (Movie)

Ricky Tick (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Perfect World 1993 (Movie)

Tom Adler (Actor)

Arresting Behavior 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Shooter Polaski (Actor)

Hale the Hero 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Flinton (Actor)

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

Reeves (Actor)

Hamlet 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

True Blue 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

Catfish DeVries (Actor)

Big Business 1988 (Movie)

Bum (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Nathaniel Apostle (Actor)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

Jane's Dad (Actor)

Odd Jobs 1987 (Movie)

Wylie (Actor)

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fine Romance 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

1st FBI Man (Actor)

Flo 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

Mortuary Director (Actor)

Cruising 1980 (Movie)

Water Sport (Actor)

The House of God 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mistrial (TV Show)

Actor

Monday Night Mayhem (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Rage of Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Elephant Escape (TV Show)

Actor

Trinity (TV Show)

Actor

Truman (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Burly character player, on stage and in films from the late 1970s, Leo Burmester oft plays cops and rural types on TV and in films, but on stage has performed as Osric in "Hamlet" (Kevin Kline in title role) for the New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as in such Broadway hits as "Big River," and as the heartless innkeeper, Thenardier, in the original cast of "Les Miserables. " Burmester has worked for director John Sayles several times, including "Passion Fish" (1992) and "Lone Star" (1996), and is also for directors such as John Schlesinger, Sidney Lumet, and as the Apostle Nathaniel in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988). Burmester was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and began college studies at Western Kentucky University as a biology major before switching to drama. After receiving an MFA from the University of Denver, he taught college for a year before taking the plunge as a working actor.

Relationships

Colette Burmester

Daughter

Daniel Burmester

Son

Lauren Cookson

Wife
married c. 1981

EDUCATION

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
began as biology major

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Milestones

1992

Was regular on "Arresting Behavior" (ABC)

1992

First worked with director John Sayles, "Passion Fish"

1990

Played Osric in PBS airing of "Hamlet"

1989

Was regular on TV series "True Blue" (NBC)

1989

Co-starred in "The Abyss"

1988

Played Apostle Nathaniel in "The Last Tempation of Christ"

1986

Reprised role of Eba Krutch in "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation" (CBS)

1984

Played Eban Krutch in "George Washington" miniseries (CBS)

1981

Co-starred on Broadway in "Big River"

1980

Had first role in studio production, "Cruising"

1980

Had first shot as series regular on "Flo" (CBS)

1979

Screen debut, "House of God"

1979

Made Off-Broadway debut in "Getting Out" and "Lone Star"

Played Thenardier in Broadway production of "Les Miserables"

Taught drama at Kentucky Wesleyan College for one year

Returned to Denver and began appearing in dinner theatre

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