Robert John Burke (born September 12, 1960) is an American actor.
Burke was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, the son of immigrants from Galway, Ireland. He attended the Acting Conservatory at State University of New York at Purchase. Burke holds a second degree black belt in Matsubayashi, Shorin-ryu Okinawa karate. He is a certified and active New York State firefighter, volunteers as a Fire Captain.
Burke was a cast member on Denis Leary's Rescue Me and played Bart Bass on The CW's Gossip Girl. He was working on the TV series Kidnapped for NBC and was a featured character on ABC's series Six Degrees. Burke has had recurring roles on Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (where he has the recurring role of retired NYPD Internal Affairs Captain Ed Tucker, a frequent nemesis for the SVU detective squad and Captain Olivia Benson's former lover) and has appeared in Person of Interest (as a crooked cop working for the mob), and The Sopranos in 2004. Burke was on Sex and the City in seasons four and five, playing Miranda's hookup. Also in 2004, Burke played the role of Mr. Neck in the independent film Speak. Opposite Laura Dern’s Academy Award for Best Actress nominated role in Ramblin’ Rose .