Who is Xander Berkeley?
Alexander Harper ‘Xander’ Berkeley was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 16 December 1955 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor who’s probably still known best for his portrayal of George Mason in the action crime series “24” created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and which starred Kiefer Sutherland, Carlos Bernard and Mary Lynn Rajskub. It follows Jack Bauer as he’s stopping terrorists from wreaking havoc in the US; the series aired from 2001 to 2010, and won 27 awards including two Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 208 other awards.
There are rumors circulating the internet that Xander has perhaps retired from acting, however, he’s still very active, and as of early 2021, is shooting for several movies and TV series.
Xander grew up in New Jersey, as his family moved there not long after he was born. He was raised by his mother who worked as a high school teacher and sewed costumes for his school plays, and his father who was a painter.
Xander became interested in acting while attending a local high school, although most often chosen to play supporting roles. He also appeared in various plays performed at a community theatre. Upon matriculating in 1973, he enrolled at Hampshire College from which he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama in 1977. During his time at college, Xander appeared in plays performed at various locations, including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Mount Holyoke.
Roles in movies
Xander has been credited with appearing in more than 240 movies and TV series, and we’re about to mention more of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his debut film appearance in 1981, with his portrayal of Christopher Crawford in the biographical drama “Mommie Dearest” directed by Frank Perry, and which starred Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid and Steve Forrest. It follows the upbringing of the famous American author and actress Christina Crawford, and the movie won nine of the 20 awards for which it was nominated.
The following years saw Xander play supporting characters in various popular movies, such as the 1982 action thriller “Tag: The Assassination Game”, the 1985 adventure comedy “Volunteers”, and the 1986 biographical musical drama “Sid and Nancy”. In 1989, Xander portrayed Lloyd in the musical comedy drama “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, written and directed by Steve Kloves, and which starred Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer and Beau Bridges.
It follows two musicians whose lives change after teaming up with a beautiful singer who’s new to the industry; the film won 14 awards of the 31 for which it was nominated, including four Oscars.
The ‘90s saw Xander appear in many critically acclaimed movies, such as the crime thriller drama “Internal Affairs” which starred Richard Gere, the 1991 action science fiction “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, and the 1995 evergreen historical adventure “Apollo 13”, which starred Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton.
In 2006, he was cast to play a Railcrew Foreman in the action thriller “Seraphim Falls”, written and directed by David Von Ancken, and which starred Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson and Anjelica Huston. It follows a colonel who’s hunting down a man just before the end of the Civil War; the movie won one of the two awards for which it was nominated.
The year 2011 saw Xander play Moe in the romantic comedy “Girl Walks Into a Bar”, and in 2016 he appeared in the hit mystery action adventure “Allegiant”, which won three of the 15 awards for which it was nominated.
Three of his most recent film roles have been in the 2019 comedy drama “The Wall of Mexico”, the 2019 thriller “Dark Harbor”, and the 2020 horror “The Dark and the Wicked”. Xander’s currently shooting for the upcoming thriller “Lockdown”, set to be released by the end of 2021, and the upcoming romantic comedy drama “Not Born”.
Roles in TV series
Xander made his debut TV series appearance in 1981 with his portrayal of a marine in the episode “Give ‘Em Hell, Hawkeye” of the war comedy “M*A*S*H”; he then appeared in an episode or two of numerous series; such as the action crime adventure “Hart to Hart”, the crime drama “McClain’s Law”; and the adventure comedy “Tales of the Gold Monkey”.
— Xander Berkeley (@xanderberkeley) November 15, 2017
He gained recognition in 1991, when cast to play Dr. Landru in the action science fiction adventure “Super Force”, created by Janis Hendler, Larry Brody and James J. McNamara, and which starred Ken Olandt, Larry B. Scott and Patrick Macnee. The series follows an astronaut who, after returning from a mission in 2020, learns that his cop brother has been killed.
Between 1995 and 1997, Xander voiced various characters in 12 episodes of the popular animated family horror “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters”, which follows the struggles of three child monsters which are learning at school how to scare people. It aired from 1994 to 1997, and won one of the two awards for which it was nominated. In 2003, he played Sheriff Rory Atwater in five episodes of the mystery crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, while a couple of his following roles were in the animated action adventure “Teen Titans” (voice role), the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, and the action mystery drama “Jericho”.
In 2010, Xander was cast to play one of the lead characters, The Man in the mystery drama “The Booth at the End”, which also starred Jennifer Del Rosario and Jenni Blong, and follows the people who make a deal with ‘the man in the booth at the end’ to get what they want in life.
Three of his most recent roles in 2020 TV series, have been in the episode “Red Cell + Quantum + Cold + Committed” of the action adventure drama “MacGyver”, the episode “The Sovereigns” of the crime comedy drama “Bull”, and the episode “Deconflict” of the action crime drama “FBI: Most Wanted”. Xander’s currently shooting for the upcoming drama “The Republic of Sarah”.
He worked as a make-up artist on three episodes of the series “24” in 2003.
Xander has four producing credits – in 2008, he produced the drama movie “Cook Country”, while the year 2009 saw him produce the comedy film “The Consultants”. In 2012, Xander produced five episodes of the series “The Booth at the End”, and in 2014, he worked on the short drama movie “Pony”.,
Xander has been featured in various documentaries, such as the 2004 mini-series “The 100 Scariest Movie Moments”, the 2011 short film “Inside Division, Profiles: Percy”, and the 2012 movie “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing”.
He has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, such as “Hellblazerbiz”, “The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell”, and “Be More Super the Podcast”.
Awards and nominations
Xander has been nominated for 22 awards winning 15, including a 2013 International Academy of Web Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Drama for “The Booth at the End”, a 2014 Rome International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Narrative American Short for “Pony”, and a 2018 Tallgrass International Film Festival Golden Strands Award for Outstanding Male Performer for the biographical historical movie “The Maestro”.
Most recently, in 2020 Xander and around 70 of his colleagues won a CinEuphoria Merit – Honorary Award for their performance in the horror thriller series “The Walking Dead”.
Love life and relationships
Xander prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but some things related to his wife and family are still known.
In 2001 while shooting for the series “24”, Xander met American actress Sarah Clarke, probably still known best for her portrayal of Nina Myers in “24”, while she’s also known for her roles in the drama series “Trust Me”, and the police procedural series “Bosch”. The two dated for around a year before exchanging vows in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members. In 2006, Sarah gave birth to their daughter Olwyn Harper, while their second daughter, Rowan Amara followed in 2010.
Neither of the two has spoken about any other people they have perhaps been with, and as of April 2021, Xander’s married to Sarah Clarke and they have two daughters together, while the family of four is splitting their time between Maine and Los Angeles.
Hobbies and other interests
Xander has been interested in all kinds of art since a very early age, and is today both a painter and a sculptor.
He’s also passionate about travelling, and has visited galleries and museums all around the US as well as in various European countries, including England, France and Italy.
He has been a make-up artist for many years now, and has prepared actors and actresses for their roles in many theatre plays.
Xander prefers to stay in nature rather than in overcrowded cities, and can usually be seen spending his vacations at hotels located in national parks, deep into the woods, or close to lakes or the ocean.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and Scarlett Johansson, and a couple of his favorite movies include “Patch Adams”, “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
Age, height and net worth
Xander’s age is 65. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 6ft (1.83m) and he weighs around 150lbs (78kgs).
As of April 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.