‘Burn Notice’ Turns 15: Where’s the Cast Now?

Burn Notice cast - Sharon Gless, Bruce Campbell, Jeffrey Donovan, and Gabrielle Anwar
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A decade and a half later, we’re still feeling the Burn! Premiering on June 28, 2007, USA’s Burn Notice starred Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a spy who became a private investigator in Miami while he figured out why his CIA bosses had him blacklisted. Gabrielle Anwar was Fiona, Michael’s trigger-happy ex-girlfriend; Bruce Campbell played his Navy SEAL friend Sam; and Sharon Gless played his meddlesome mom, Madeline.

The spy drama aired seven seasons — plus a TV movie — but even after it ended, some of its stars stayed in business with creator Matt Nix, as you’ll see below. Here’s intel on the cast’s post-Burn careers.

Burn Notice - Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen
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Jeffrey Donovan (Michael Westen)

Following Burn Notice, Donovan played mobster Dodd Gerhardt on the FX anthology Fargo and starred as con artist Charlie Haverford on the Hulu drama Shut Eye. He also appeared in the films Sicario, Day of the Soldado, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; and Lucy in the Sky. Now he’s busy starring as Detective Frank Cosgrove on NBC’s Law & Order.

Burn Notice - Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne
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Gabrielle Anwar (Fiona Glenanne)

Anwar has only racked up two screen credits since Burn Notice went off the air. One was her role as Victoria Belfrey/Lady Tremaine in the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon a Time; the other was as KJ Apa’s onscreen mom in Netflix’s 2019 rom-com film The Last Summer. But she recently shot a lead part in the film Awaken, which is billed as an “intense, cautionary cinematic fable, deeply relevant to our times.”

Burn Notice - Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe
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Bruce Campbell (Sam Axe)

After Burn Notice, Campbell returned to the Evil Dead franchise, playing the title part in the Starz horror-comedy Ash vs. The Evil Dead. More recently, he voiced characters in Disney Channel’s Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure and Netflix’s The Last Kids on Earth and had a cameo in the Marvel blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Burn Notice - Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen
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Sharon Gless (Madeline Westen)

In Fox’s 2016 series The Exorcist, Gless played Chris MacNeil, the role Ellen Burstyn played in the 1973 horror film classic. She later recurred as Ellen Strucker, Stephen Moyer’s onscreen mother, in the Fox superhero series The Gifted, another show created by Matt Nix. And she guest-starred as surgeon Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson in the BBC medical drama Casualty. Coming up, Gless will appear in the Pierce Brosnan thriller film Fast Charlie, which filmed in New Orleans this spring.

Coby Bell as Jesse Porter in Burn Notice
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Coby Bell (Jesse Porter)

After Burn Notice, Bell continued playing football coach Jason Pitts on The Game, a role he started played from the comedy’s 2006 premiere to its final episode on BET in 2015. Like Gless, Bell also appeared in The Gifted, playing the series-regular role of mutant hunter Jace Turner. Between 2019 and 2020, he recurred on the CBS procedural SEAL Team as Warrant Officer Glen Mack. And since 2021, he’s been starring as Captain Larry James on the CW action series Walker.

Paul Tei as Barry in Burn Notice
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Paul Tei (Barry)

Tei recurred as coroner Jim Shakowski in the Netflix crime drama Bloodline and voiced various characters in the Netflix animated series Legend Quest. These days, he’s the artistic director of the Mad Cat Theatre company, based in Miami, Burn Notice’s home base.

Seth Peterson as Nate Westen in Burn Notice
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Seth Peterson (Nate Westen)

Peterson’s post-Burn jobs include the 2013 B-movie Unlucky Charms, a part in a 2014 installment of the horror podcast We’re Alive, and a guest-starring role in a 2015 episode of the Fox procedural Bones. His last credited screen role came in the 2017 straight-to-video thriller Intent.

Lauren Stamile as Agent Pearce in Burn Notice
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Lauren Stamile (Agent Pearce)

Stamile reunited with Nix when she starred as Dr. Bridget O’Neil in his USA drama Complications, which aired for one season in 2015. Her recurring parts, meanwhile, include roles on Scandal, Chicago Fire, Blindspot, and 9-1-1. She also had one-off appearances on American Horror Story, Good Girls, and Veronica Mars.