Jesse Porter
played by Coby Bell
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A quick talking lone wolf with his own ideas on how to best handle dangerous situations, Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) is the kind of guy Michael would rather have as a friend than an enemy. While trying to access classified information, Michael inadvertently burned Jesse and got him fired from his government post, which made their relationship tense to say the least…

Jesse began his career in the field but was quickly deemed too reckless in his pursuit of justice. Because of this, Jesse was reassigned to a Counterintelligence Unit, where his enthusiasm for seeing bad people punished would be put to far better use.

As a Counterintelligence Officer, Jesse became an expert in reading spies. He earned a reputation as someone who could pull the truth from even the most seasoned professional liar.

Jesse was eventually offered his counterintelligence job back, but he turned it down. He realized he was happiest operating on his own terms. Jesse now has a lucrative job at an elite private security company, but whenever Michael needs him, Jesse’s always willing to jump back into the fray.

Coby Bell stars as Jesse Porter in the USA Network original series Burn Notice. 

A Southern California native, Bell was introduced to acting by his father, Broadway veteran Michael Bell. After graduating with honors from San Jose State University, Bell's big break came when he was cast as a guest star on "ER." Additional stints on "Smart Guy," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Parent Hood" led to a recurring role as Patrick Owen on "L.A. Doctors." 

In 1999, Bell portrayed Agent Dinko Bates in "A.T.F.," a television movie based on the real-life events of a compound under siege in Waco, Texas. That same year, Bell began a six-year run on the critically acclaimed drama "Third Watch," as Officer Tyrone 'Ty' Davis, Jr., a role he played for the show's entire run.

After "Third Watch" ended in 2005, Bell switched gears to flex his comedy skills. He landed a recurring role on "Half & Half," as a San Francisco firefighter who is originally set up on a date with the star, Mona, but ends up pursuing Mona's mother.

In 2006, Bell starred in and co-produced an independent film, "Drifting Elegant," which marked his producing debut.