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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 127 Hours

127 Hours

2010 R

From director Danny Boyle comes this harrowing tale of real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who literally cuts himself loose from danger -- and lives to tell about it when sliding rock pins his forearm under a boulder during a climb in Utah. To stay alive, Ralston resorts to his basest survival instincts. The film scored Academy Award nominations in the Best Picture and Best Actor (Franco) categories.

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  • Kate Burton in The Ice Storm The Ice Storm
  • Kate Burton in The City of Your Final Destination The City of Your Final Destination
  • Kate Burton in Max Payne Max Payne
  • Kate Burton in Barefoot Barefoot
  • Kate Burton in Martyrs Martyrs
  • Kate Burton in Swimfan Swimfan
  • Kate Burton in Obsessed Obsessed
  • Kate Burton in The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
  • Kate Burton in Stay Stay
  • Kate Burton in SherryBaby SherryBaby
  • Kate Burton in Spooner Spooner
  • Kate Burton in Puncture Puncture
  • Kate Burton in 2 Days in New York 2 Days in New York
  • Kate Burton in Empire Falls Empire Falls
  • Kate Burton in Lovely by Surprise Lovely by Surprise
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