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Richard Burgi portrays the role of Karl Mayer on Desperate Housewives.


Burgi was born in Montclair, New Jersey. He is a supporter of both the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation, which works to protect and preserve shoreline and coastal environments, and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a Laguna Beach volunteer-run and funded organization which tends to the needs of sick or injured seals, sea lions, and other marine mammals. Burgi began his career in New York City with work in commercials, which led to regular roles on the daytime soap operas Days of our Lives, Another World and As The World Turns. He was cast as the lead in the UPN primetime series The Sentinel, which was cancelled after three seasons, leaving key plot issues unresolved; an intense fan campaign convinced the network to film an additional half-season worth of episodes to end the series properly. Burgi's additional television credits include appearances in 24, Firefly, Point Pleasant, CSI, The District, Matlock, Providence, Las Vegas, Just Shoot Me! and Seinfeld. Burgi's screen credits include In Her Shoes, Fun with Dick and Jane, Cellular, Hostel: Part II, and Shanghai Red. Burgi married Lori Kahn on November 25, 1995. They have two sons, Jack and Samuel.


Year Title Role
1986-88 Another World (Television) Chad Rollo
1988 One Life to Live (Television) Randy Stone #1
1988-89 As the World Turns (Television) Glenn Harrington
1989 Chameleons (Television Film) Philip
1991 The Flash (Television) Curtis Bohannan (1 episode)
1991 Empty Nest (Television) Matthew Wright (1 episode)
1991 Anything But Love (Television) Doug Oberton (1 episode)
1991 Matlock (Television) Roger Stratford (1 episode)
1992 Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (Straight to Video) Curtis Bohannan
1991-92 Jake and the Fatman (Television) Todd Kurtin, Brian Henley (3 episodes)
1992 "Who's the Boss? (Television) Mike Va Salle (1 episode)
1992 Nurses (Television) Doug from Supply (1 episode)
1992 Mann & Machine (Television) Jeffery Bosco (1 episode)
1992-93 Days of Our Lives (Television) Phillip Collier #2
1993 Message from Nam (Television Film) Major Hammer
1993 Love & War (Television) Nick (1 episode)
1994 Viper (Television) Lane Cassidy (4 episodes)
1994 Seinfeld (Television) Doctor Ben (1 episode)
1995 Payback (Film) Al Keegan
1996 The Sentinel (Television Film) Jim Ellison
1994-96 One West Waikiki (Television) Detective Mack Wolfe (19 episodes)
1998 It's True (Television) ? (1 episode)
1998 I Married a Monster (Television Film) Nicholas 'Nick' David Farrell
1999 Touched by an Angel (Television) Uncle Frank (1 episode)
1996-99 The Sentinel (Television) Detective James Ellison (55 episodes)
1999 Action (Television) Cole Riccardi (2 episodes)
2000 Veronica's Closet (Television) Mark (1 episode)
2000 Providence (Television) Dr. J.D. Scanlon (1 episode)
2000 Just Shoot Me! (Television) Robert Galatin (1 episode)
2001 Twice in a Lifetime (Television) Jimmy O'Connor (1 episode)
2001 Bailey's Mistake (Television Film) Paul Donovan
2001 The Wild Thornberrys (Television) Poacher #1 (1 episode)
2002 Wheelmen (Film) Nick
2001-02 24 (Television) Alan York, Kevin Carroll (11 episodes)
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Television) Rick Weston (1 episode)
2003 Trash (Television Film) Bud Blue
2002-03 Judging Amy (Television) Michael Cassidy (6 episodes)
2003 Firefly (Television) Lieutenant Womack (1 episode)
2000-03 The District (Television) Captain Vincent Hunter (11 episodes)
2004 Decoys (Film) Detective Francis Kirk
2004 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (Straight to Video) Capt. V.J. Dax
2004 Cellular (Film) Craig Martin
2004 Darklight (Television Film) William Shaw
2004 Torn Apart (Film) Billy Westin
2005 In Her Shoes (Film) Jim Danvers
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane (Film) Joe Cleeman
2006 Shanghai Red (Film) Michael Johnson
2006 Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone (Television Film) Richard Danville
2005-2006 Point Pleasant (Television) Ben Kramer (13 episodes)
2006 The Call (Television) Frank (1 episode)
2007 In God's Country (Television Film) Josiah Leavitt
2007 Hostel: Part II (Film) Todd
2007 Las Vegas (Television) Vince Peterson (4 episodes)
2007 Shark (Television) Dr. Neil Fuller (1 episode)
2007 Big Shots (Television) Gavin Carter (1 episode)
2004-08 Desperate Housewives (Television) Karl Mayer (30 episodes)
2008 Reaper (Television) Mike Volta (1 episode)
2008 Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas (Film) Bill Kinkade
2009 Friday the 13th (Film) Sheriff Bracke
2009 Harper's Island (Television) Thomas Wellington (5 episodes)