Thursday, May 17, 2007
THE SENTINEL: Richard Burgi
Burgi has been working steadily in the industry since the latter half of the 1980s, when he landed his first full-time role on NBC's Another World, playing Chad Rollo. Since then he has appeared on countless television shows, including 24, Point Pleasant, CSI, The District, Judging Amy, The Sentinel, Just Shoot Me and Seinfeld.
His multiple film roles include Curtis Hanson's In Her Shoes, opposite Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, Fun with Dick and Jane, opposite Jim Carrey, Cellular, opposite Kim Basinger, and Shanghai Red, opposite Vivian Wu.
Burgi returns for the second season of ABC's Desperate Housewives, once again playing Karl Mayer, Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's cad of an ex-husband.
For Jim, Cascade is his village. Blair has been studying Sentinel mythology for years, but he never found before a true Sentinel (a person with all five senses enhanced). Blair helps Jim control his senses and joins Jim as police observer. To the surprise of many people, this unlikely partnership works and together they fight against crime in the streets of Cascade. Jim's hyperactive senses mean he can see beyond what others see, even in the dark, and with more detail; hear sounds that are farther than normal range or too low for anybody else; sense what nobody else can with taste, touch and smell, in short becoming a walking forensic lab. But Jim's powers have a drawback: if he concentrates too strongly in one sense, he could "zone out", a kind of catatonic state. Part of Blair's job is preventing the zone outs. The only person who knows Jim's secret, apart from Blair, is his captain and friend, Simon Banks, and in the last half season, so does Megan Connor.