Jerald Eugene "Jere" Burns II (born October 15, 1954) is an American actor. With his sharp features and soft drawl, Burns is often cast as disarmingly affable villains or other shady types.
He's a regular face in film, television and theatre. He's perhaps best known for his work on television, particularly for his role as sleazy ladies' man Kirk Morris on Dear John
, manipulative psychiatrist Anson Fullerton on Burn Notice
, psychotic mobster Jake Abernathy on Bates Motel
and the understanding Group Leader on Breaking Bad
The role that many know him for, however, is that of Dixie Mafie middle-man Wynn Duffy on the critically acclaimed Justified
. Originally a one-shot guest appearance, Burns was gradually upgraded to recurring and then to a regular to the positive fan and critical reception to his performance.
- Blonde Guys Are Evil: All of his villainous characters are this. In fact, it's a Berserk Button for his Justified character when he's accused of being a fake blonde.
- Playing Against Type: Despite Breaking Bad being likely the darkest show he's ever done with a host of terrifying villains, he actually plays a good (if troubled) character in it: the gentle, non-judgmental Group Leader.