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Blessed with the acting chops of her father, Richard Burton, and the delicate features of her mother -- Burton's first wife, Sybil Williams -- Kate Burton was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept. 10, 1957, but was raised largely in New York in the wake of her parents' divorce.

After appearing alongside her father in an uncredited role in Anne of a Thousand Days (1969), Burton abandoned ambitions of becoming a diplomat for the stage and soon found steady work in film and television, eventually earning a Daytime Emmy for the after-school special "Notes for My Daughter" (1996). She went on to win high-profile, recurring roles on Emmy-caliber dramas such as "The Practice," "Law & Order," "Rescue Me" and "Grey's Anatomy."

Big-screen credits include Big Trouble in Little China (1986), The Ice Storm (1997), Unfaithful (2001), Swimfan (2002) and the critically acclaimed Sherrybaby (2006).

Kate Burton in The City of Your Final Destination

The City of Your Final Destination

2009 PG-13

After duping school officials into awarding him a grant to write a biography on novelist Jules Gund, grad student Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally) must travel to Uruguay to get legitimate authorization from the late author's three executors. James Ivory (A Room with a View) directs this moving adaptation of author Peter Cameron's novel of the same name. Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg also star.

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  • Kate Burton in Martyrs Martyrs
  • Kate Burton in Big Trouble in Little China Big Trouble in Little China
  • Kate Burton in Max Payne Max Payne
  • Kate Burton in Puncture Puncture
  • Kate Burton in Barefoot Barefoot
  • Kate Burton in Unfaithful Unfaithful
  • Kate Burton in 127 Hours 127 Hours
  • Kate Burton in Liberal Arts Liberal Arts
  • Kate Burton in Swimfan Swimfan
  • Kate Burton in Empire Falls Empire Falls
  • Kate Burton in SherryBaby SherryBaby
  • Kate Burton in 2 Days in New York 2 Days in New York
  • Kate Burton in The Ice Storm The Ice Storm
  • Kate Burton in Obsessed Obsessed
  • Kate Burton in The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
  • Kate Burton in Lovely by Surprise Lovely by Surprise
  • Kate Burton in Spooner Spooner
  • Kate Burton in Quid Pro Quo Quid Pro Quo
  • Kate Burton in Mariachi Gringo Mariachi Gringo