Bill Burr is a versatile comedian-turned-actor who has appeared in notable films and television shows, showcasing his comedic talent and acting abilities.
He has starred in comedies such as Walk of Shame, Daddy’s Home and Date Night, providing hilarious performances alongside other talented actors.
Burr has also taken on more dramatic roles in films such as Black or White and The President, demonstrating his range as an actor beyond comedy.
comedian Bill Burr is best known for his comedy specials and podcasts, but has also appeared in several notable films throughout his career in the entertainment industry. Often considered an outspoken, old-school hero who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, the Massachusetts-based actor/comedian is renowned for his hilarious, off-the-cuff antics and one-liners. In recent years, the 55-year-old has become one of the most popular voices in comedy and has also made several unexpected cameos in popular TV series.
Few actors can say they’ve guest-starred on two of the greatest shows of all time, but Burr was featured in episodes of In Satan’s shoes and The Mandalorian. Burr began taking creative direction on his projects with the advent of his Netflix animated comedy series F is for familywhich enjoyed 5 critically acclaimed seasons between 2015 and 2021. While Burr often portrayed the stereotypical character of the Boston sports fan throughout his career, his latest efforts in film and television showcase the versatility of the comedian-turned-actor whose a keen eye for comedy hasn’t been bored since becoming a regular Chappelle’s show in 2004
10 Walk of Shame (2014)
One of Burr’s earlier film appearances was in the 2014 comedy Walk of shame starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden. Burr plays a supporting role as Officer Walter alongside Ethan Supley’s Officer Dave, providing his usual funny-guy demeanor in a film that is otherwise mostly a tour de force of Banks’ main character, Megan. Megan is a reporter who must race to land a job interview for her dream job as a news anchor, providing many hilarious obstacles along the way.
9 Daddy’s Home (2015)
Burr played the father of a bully named Jerry in the 2015 comedy Dad is at homewhich marks the return of screen duo Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, who starred in the landmark 2010 buddy cop film. The other guys. Burr’s character runs into Wahlberg’s Dusty Meyron at their children’s school dance after their children fight, resulting in Burr, Wahlberg and Ferrell getting physical on the dance floor. The back-and-forth between the three comedic actors is equally intense and hilarious, making it one of Burr’s most memorable scenes in any film.
8 Black or White (2014)
Although he is primarily known as a comedian, Burr has also impressively taken on some more dramatic acting roles. In the 2014 drama Black of White, Burr plays a supporting role alongside a cast of Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs and Anthony Mackie. Burr plays Rick Reynolds in Mike Binder’s film, who becomes embroiled in a custody battle over a young girl (Jillian Estelle). The film is mostly light-hearted, although it deals with tough issues like racism and discrimination, making it a great and educational film for the whole family.
7 The Opening Act (2020)
The opening act follows Jimmy O. Young’s Will Choo as he tries to fulfill his dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. Yang, who is a famous comedian in real life, is joined by several other actual comedians in The Opening Act, including Ken Jeong, Tom Segura, Whitney Cummings, Neil Brennan, Alex Moffat and Cedric the Entertainer. Burr ironically plays Chu’s corporate boss during his day job. Steve Byrne’s film takes a deep and authentic dive into the difficult journey of becoming a true stand-up comedian.
6 Old Dads (2023)
The tone of Burr’s upcoming directorial debut Old dads is very similar to his personal brand of stand-up comedy that gleefully criticizes liberal-leaning cultural norms and so-called “woke” social politics. While some of Burr’s harsh criticisms land and pack a significant punch, the film as a whole can feel like one of the Internet rants about society’s grievances, which is often the subject of many jokes in Burr’s script. Old dads tries to feel relatable to a declining demographic that probably feels underrepresented in the current state of entertainment, but ultimately the film’s muddled pacing and dated sensibility undermine its message.
5 The Front Runner (2018)
Burr takes on another dramatic role in the 2018 historical drama The front runner, which tells the story of US Senator Gary Hart’s scandalous true-life affair during his 1987 presidential campaign. Burr plays a Miami Herald reporter named Pete Murphy, who along with two other reporters await Hart (Hugh Jackman) with investigative questions about an unknown woman staying at his house. Directed by Jason Reitman The front runner is edgy and engaging, allowing Burr to flex some of his acting muscles in a non-comedic role.
4 Stand Up Boys (2012)
Although its title might suggest a focus on stand-up comedy, 2012’s Stand up guys it’s actually about two “blind” gangsters played by Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. The film also stars Alan Arkin, making it the only film in which all three legendary actors appear together. Burr has a small role in the film as Larry, but Fisher-Stevens’ film is nevertheless worth seeing for its unique combination of three acting giants and its exciting mix of comedy and thriller genres.
3 Night Meeting (2010)
A night meeting is one of Steve Carell’s most memorable comedies not directed by Adam McKay or Judd Apatow. Carell shares the screen with co-star Tina Fey, who was arguably at the top of the comedy world when A night meeting came up to her height 30 Rock glory Burr is one of many notable actors to appear in date night, including Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Gal Gadot, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig, Jon Bernthal, Nick Kroll, Olivia Munn and Jimmy Simpson.
2 The Heat (2013)
The heat is one of the best comedies of the early 2010s featuring the hilarious combination of Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Burr has a brief role as the familiar stereotypical Boston sports fan who questions Sandra Bullock’s federal agent character as to whether or not she’s a drug addict. Despite Burr’s small role in the film, The heat remains a must-see that celebrates the bygone era of classic Melissa McCarthy comedies like 2015’s A spy.
1 The King of Staten Island (2020)
The King of Staten Island suggested one of Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson’s first major film roles alongside his hard-nosed firefighter father, played by Bill Burr. Not only is Burr’s performance as the passionate Ray Bishop among his best in any film or TV series, but Judd Apatow’s film is also the best overall film in which he has played a role. The clashing dynamic between Pete’s laid-back and mentally tormented millennial hero versus Burr’s Ray’s no-nonsense old-fashioned vibe creates The King of Staten Island the best Bill Burr movie so far.