Xander Berkeley Biography

Birthday: 1955-12-16
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Xander's father was a painter and his mother a school teacher who sewed, providing him with costumes (his preference over toys). School plays and Community Theater were next. An experimental theater troupe in the area (which was an offshoot from Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater in New York) took Xander under their wing when he was 16. He credits this group for shaping him as both a person and an actor, committed to taking risks and remaining open to the unknown. Xander went to Hampshire College, the progressive brainchild of Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, and the University of Massachusetts. He would continue in the theater at Hampshire, studying and doing plays at each of the other schools, all of which were there in the area. A move to New York after college brought him access to private teachers from the Royal Academy of the Arts, the Moscow Arts Theater and HB Studios. Later in Los Angeles, Xander would spend time with Lee Strasberg at The Actor's Studio during the last years of his life. Xander worked in Regional and Repertory Theaters in addition to off-Broadway while living in New York but, despite a classically trained theater background, he was increasingly drawn to the subtleties of film acting. A play, written by the great southern novelist Reynolds Price, called "Early Dark" had such a cinematic feel to it, that an agent saw the film acting potential in Xander and encouraged him to make the move out west. Soon Mommie Dearest (1981) provided Xander with his film debut in the role of "Christopher Crawford", and simultaneously gave his career a slightly cultish twist. Alex Cox with Sid and Nancy (1986), James Cameron with Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Bernard Rose with Candyman (1992), Todd Haynes with Safe (1995), Mike Figgis with Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Andrew Niccol with Gattaca (1997) all helped to further associate Xander as an actor in his own rather unusual category. Xander's choices were often determined by the opportunity to learn from directors he admired, certainly all those listed above fell into that category. Clint Eastwood with The Rookie (1990), Ron Howard with Apollo 13 (1995), Rob Reiner with A Few Good Men (1992), Michael Mann with Heat (1995), Wolfgang Petersen with Air Force One (1997), Steven Spielberg with Amistad (1997) are obvious examples of others Xander actively sought to work with and learn from. From obscure independent movies where Xander could play lead roles to the big budget studio movies where he might often play smaller character-driven parts, an education was taking place. Just as working with older directors like Mihalis Kakogiannis on The Cherry Orchard (1999) and Robert M. Young on Human Error (2004) (aka "Human Error") brought insights to ways of working that are being lost in pop cultures tendency to slide toward slickness. Not to mention bringing him to places like Bulgaria and China along the way. Perhaps because a life in the foreign services, or espionage was seen as a road not taken, living on location in foreign countries, working as an actor, has somewhat fulfilled the impulse. As early as 1987, a film took Xander to Nicaragua while the Contra War was taking place. It was during this three month shoot on the film Walker (1987) (starring Ed Harris) that Xander got an offer to do a film with his friend, director Jon Hess, in Chile for the following three months. Taking him straight from the revolutionary left-wing Sandanistas to Pinochet's fascist, right-wing regime. In 2001, an offer came in to play a part on a TV pilot called "24" (2001). It was another shady agent-type, and reluctant to repeat his performance from Air Force One (1997) as the turncoat secret serviceman, Xander almost passed on the job. Fortunately for him, he said yes. He met his future wife, Sarah Clarke during the first day of filming. His character, "George Mason", was just a guest star in the pilot, but the producers liked what Xander brought to it and continued to write more episodes for him. By the second season, it had become perhaps the most interesting, leveled character Xander had ever gotten to play. Sarah and Xander were married in 2002 and had their daughters, Olwyn in 2006 and Rowan in 2010. Other favorite roles of late have been "Arlen Pavich", the middle management dweeb, in Niki Caro's North Country (2005), and the Irish hooligan/railway foreman in David Von Ancken's Seraphim Falls (2006) and, more recently, "The King of Sodom" in Harold Ramis' Year One (2009), "Sonny" in David Pomes' Cook County (2009), the recovering meth head coming out of prison to discover the life he had left (and destroyed), and crazy "Uncle Doug" in David Wike's Out There (2006) (aka "Out There").

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Court Keith Nolan 2002 - 2002
Pure 24 2003
The Booth At The End The Man 2011 Drama
Nikita Percy 2012 - 2013
Taken Stuart 2017 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Garage 1919
Mommie Dearest 1981 Drama
Fire on the Mountain 1981 Drama
Volunteers 1985 Comedy
Sid and Nancy 1986 Drama, Music
Walker Byron Cole 1987 Adventure, Drama, History
Deadly Dreams 1988
The Lawless Land Ez Andy 1988 Action, Adventure
The Verne Miller Story Cardogan 1988 Drama
The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 0, Biography
L.A. Takedown Waingro 1989 Action, Crime, Drama
The Gumshoe Kid Monty Griswold 1990 Comedy
The Assassin John Patrick Earl 1990 Action
The Guardian Detective 1990 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Short Time 1990 Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Rookie Ken Blackwell 1990 Action, Comedy, Crime
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Todd Voight 1991 0, Game Show, Sport
A Few Good Men Capt. Whitaker 1992
A Private Matter 1992
Candyman Trevor Lyle 1992 Horror, Thriller
Caroline at Midnight Joey Szabo 1994 Romance, Thriller
Safe Greg White 1995 Drama
Barb. Wire Alexander Willis 1996 Action, Sci Fi, Thriller
Barb Wire Alexander Willis 1996 Action, Sci Fi, Thriller
Persons Unknown Tosh 1996 Action, Thriller
Air Force One Secret Service Agent Gibbs 1997 0, Game Show
The Killing Jar Danny 'Figaretto' Evans 1997 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Gattaca Dr. Lamar 1997 Drama, Romance, Sci Fi
Driven J.D. Johnson 1998 Drama
Phoenix 1998 Crime, Drama
Universal Soldier: The Return Dr. Dylan Cotner 1999 Sport, 0, Game Show
NetForce 1999 Action, Drama, Sci Fi
Universal Soldier - The Return Dr. Dylan Cotner 1999 Action, Sci Fi
Timecode Evan Wantz 2000
The Cherry Orchard Yepihodov 2000 Drama
Shanghai Noon 2000 Action, Adventure, Comedy
China: The Panda Adventure Dakar Johnston 2001 Drama
Storytelling 2001 Comedy, Drama
The Man From Elysian Fields Virgil Koster 2002 Drama, Romance
The Last Full Measure 2004 Drama
Quicksand Joey Patterson 2005 Drama, Crime, Thriller
Deepwater 2006
Drop Dead Sexy 2006
Seraphim Falls Railroad Foreman 2006 0, 0, Fantasy
Magma: Volcanic Disaster 2006
Fracture 2007 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Taken Stuart 2008 0
The Toe Tactic Dad 2009 Animation, Drama
Year One 2009 Adventure, Comedy
Repo Chick Aldrich De La Chasse 2009 Comedy
Luster Detective Carter 2010 Horror, Thriller
Below the Beltway McMahon 2010 Comedy
Out There Uncle Doug 2010 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Bedrooms Harry 2010 Drama
The Consultants George 2010 Comedy
Girl Walks Into a Bar Moe 2011
Seeking Justice Lieutenant Durgan 2011 Action, Drama, Thriller
Cook County Sonny 2011 Drama
Louder Than Words Dr. Lansen 2013 Drama, Family
Live at the Foxes Den Kenneth 2013 Drama
ETXR Gordon Shafer 2014
Small Time Chick 2014 0
This Last Lonely Place Frank Devore 2014 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rene Rene 2015 Drama