Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Leo's film career has spanned the past twenty years, and includes roles in such classic movies by legendary directors as James L. Brooks' BROADCAST NEWS, Martin Scorsese's THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST and GANGS OF NEW YORK, James Cameron's THE ABYSS, and John Sayles's PASSION FISH and LONE STAR. Other notable films that Leo has appeared in include BIG BUSINESS, with Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler; THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, with Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino; and such acclaimed television films as GEORGE WASHINGTON, QUEEN, TRUMAN (where he starred alongside fellow RED BETSY actor Lois Smith), and MONDAY NIGHT MAYHEM.
Most recently, Leo starred in the Broadway musical URBAN COWBOY as Uncle Buck. He has appeared in eight other Broadway productions, including the original Broadway cast of LES MISERABLES, as Thenardier; THE CIVIL WAR; AH, WILDERNESS!; BURIED CHILD (where he once again starred alongside fellow RED BETSY actor Lois Smith); RAGGEDY ANN; BIG RIVER; and THOU SHALT NOT, directed by Susan Stroman, with music and lyrics by Harry Connick Jr.
Although he has been acting for many years, some people have described Leo's portrayal of the crusty and curmudgeonly Emmet, in RED BETSY, as the role that will cement his name and face in the public's consciousness for many years to come.
Leo's first CD of musical recordings, with fellow actress and singer Lora Lee Echobelli, will be released in late 2003. He is also the proud father of a son and daughter, Daniel and Colette.
Leo Burmester Facts
|February 1, 1944
|Louisville, Kentucky, USA
|Date of death
|June 28, 2007 (age 63)