Peter Burke
played by Tim DeKay
  • Character bio
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A no-nonsense federal agent in the FBI's White Collar Crime Unit, Peter Burke believes in earning success the old-fashioned way, through perseverance and hard work.

It took him years of both, along with the steadfast support of his loving wife, Elizabeth, to finally catch elusive white-collar criminal Neal Caffrey. Despite his initial trepidations, Peter agreed to take the wily crook on as a partner.

Since then, Peter has been equal parts exasperated and inspired by Neal as they have taken down some of the most notorious criminals in the city. Over time, their relationship has deepened into a real friendship, and just as Peter has tried to guide Neal towards a more honest life, so too has Neal influenced Peter by teaching him to think outside strict FBI lines.

However, Neal's actions have also put both Peter and Elizabeth's lives in danger on more than one occasion, and when the return of Neal’s fugitive father ended with the shooting of a corrupt Senator, Peter wound up in a prison cell. But while his faith in the system remains resolute, his faith in his partner will be shaken, and Peter will soon question just what kind of future he has with Neal Caffrey around.

Tim DeKay stars as Peter Burke in the new USA Network original series White Collar. 

DeKay has vast experience on stage, television and in feature films. He starred on HBO as a series regular in both the award winning series "Carniv´le" and "Tell Me You Love Me" for multiple seasons. 

DeKay's recent feature work includes "Get Smart," "The Chumscrubber," HBO's "Walkout," "Peaceful Warrior" and "Control," in which he starred opposite Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe. He was also seen in the independent feature "Welcome to the Neighborhood" and the critically-acclaimed "Big Eden." DeKay's other feature work includes "Swordfish" and "If These Walls Could Talk," among others. 

DeKay is well known for his extensive theater resume. He was seen on Broadway in "The Show-Off," off-Broadway in "Billy Budd" at Circle in the Square, and in the National Tour of "The Lion in Winter." His regional theatre work includes "Burning Blue" at The Court Theatre in L.A. (receiving an LA Weekly nomination for Best Actor), "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Star Fever" at the Deven Center (where he is a company member), "The Merchant of Venice" at Hartford stage, and he's performed at the Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Penguin Repertory, Indiana Repertory and Levin Theatre and Pasadena Shakespeare, among many others. 

DeKay's other television credits include recurring roles on "Brothers & Sisters," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "My Name Is Earl," "Everwood," "Party of Five" and "Seinfeld" as the classic Bizarro Jerry. His numerous guest star appearances include roles on "CSI," "Without A Trace" and "Friends." 

DeKay can also be occasionally heard on NPR performing in both classical and new plays for L.A. TheatreWorks, and he's a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. His education includes a B.S. from Le Moyne College and an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University where he met his wife, actress Elisa Taylor. They currently reside in Los Angeles with their two children.