Xander is a skilled make-up artist. He designed his own make up when his character was suffering from radiation poisoning in the second season of 24.
In 2006 Xander was in the following movies:
Champions, The Garage, Seraphim Falls, and Fracture.
In 2005 Xander was in the following movies:
Drop Dead Sexy, Deepwater, Standing Still, and North Country.
In 2004 Xander was in the following movies:
Below the Belt, In Enemy Hands, and The Last Full Measure.
In 2003 Xander was in the following movies:
The Stranger and The Third Date.
In 2003, Xander lent his voice to the video game Freelancer, as the voice of Dexter Hovis.
In 2001 Xander was in the following movies:
Quicksand, Storytelling, China: The Panda Adventure, and The Man from Elysian Fields.
In 2000 Xander was in the following movies:
Timecode and Shanghai Noon.
In 1999 Xander was in the movie The Cherry Orchard.
In 1998 Xander was in the movie Phoenix.
In 1997 Xander was in the following movies:
Air Force One, One Night Stand, Gattaca, Amistad, and Breast Men.
In 1996 Xander was in the following movies:
The Killing Jar, Poison Ivy II, A Family Thing, Barb Wire, The Rock, Bulletproof, Driven, and Persons Unknown.
In 1995 Xander was in the following movies:
Apollo 13, Safe, Leaving Las Vegas, and Heat.
In 1994 Xander was in the movie Caroline at Midnight.
In 1992 Xander was in the following movies:
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, Candyman and A Few Good Men.
In 1991 Xander was in the following movies:
Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Billy Bathgate, and For the Boys.
In 1990 Xander was in the following movies:
The Gumshoe Kid, Internal Affairs, The Last of the Finest, The Guardian, Short Time, The Grifters, and The Rookie.
In 1989 Xander was in the following movies:
The Assassin and The Fabulous Baker Boys.
In 1988 Xander was in the following movies:
Deadly Dreams, The Lawless Land, and Tapeheads.
In 1987 Xander was in the following movies:
The Verne Miller Story, Omega Syndrome, Straight to Hell, and Walker.
In 1986 Xander was in the movie Sid and Nancy.
In 1985 Xander was in the movie Volunteers.
In 1982 Xander was in the movie Tag: The Assassination Game.
In 1981 Xander was in the movie Mommie Dearest.
Xander has also been in another 19 films that weren't released to cinemas and went directly to television.
Xander, his first name, is pronounced Zan-der.
Xander has been in 69 movies to date.
Xander has played several characters that have been in plane crashes; in The Rookie, Air Force One, and 24.
Xander frequently plays characters that are arrogant and unsympathetic and often get killed off.
Xander is an accomplished painter and sculptor.
Xander married his wife Sarah Clarke on September 7th 2002.
Xander is 6' (183cm)
Xander Berkeley: It's just one of those things that happens in Hollywood. I try to do variations from one role to the next, but it could be worse. I don't want to play some bland guy, you know some putty in the crack plot pusher - that's not terribly interesting, so you want to play some guy who has at least some kind of function to the centre of the story and if it's not the hero it is going to be the bad guy.
Xander Berkeley (on his role in the movie Terminator 2): Yeah, that effect was done laboriously and painstakingly with a cast of the back of my head and a blade that comes out. It was not a digital effect. It was a total physical effect with puppetry and a blade that could contract. There was a small blade going out of the back of my head that retracted sideways away from the kitchen cabinet at the same time as the blade that was down my throat was pulled out. The problem was that the blade had to be far enough down my throat to look as though it was coming out of the back of my head. To get this right I had to practice sword swallowing for two weeks.
Xander Berkeley (on the terrorism element to 24): In season two, instead of stepping away from it they went into the centre of it and that was something else that we thought might have backfired. But the choices they have made have consistently paid off. It's something that people need and want to be more informed about because it does affect our personal lives.
Xander Berkeley (on 24): It's the first show for a long time that is so loaded with information that it takes a sharp mind to follow it all. That creates supply and demand. There's nothing else out there that's arresting enough of the attention to warrant that kind of obsessive following.
Xander Berkeley (on shooting 24): They do two at the same time and it takes, I guess, somewhere in the area of two weeks to do the two episodes because they'll do a string of days at the CTU, then they'll do a string of days at the Presidential suite. Then they'll do a string of days out in the field with Jack, and we all have to be there for off-camera telephone conversations. But it's nice for the actors to get a few days off while they're doing other sequences.
Xander Berkeley: I plan to move into directing soon, I've done a lot of acting and I've also been a painter and a sculptor and a writer, for many years and I want to be able to put the various interests together into film directing which I'm looking forward to doing in the future.
Xander Berkeley (on the 24 cast and crew): The relationship between the cast and crew. There's just something in the rhythm which we've established, and especially the relationship of the camera department with the actors. There's a kind of intuitive, psychological emotional relationship that I've never really experienced, in quite the same way.
Xander Berkeley (on his 24 character, George Mason): The mandate in the first season is to keep Palmer alive. So to let Kiefer's character Jack become preoccupied with the whereabouts and well-being of his family is completely unprofessional. It's advantageous to keeping the mandate intact that you don't let this guy know certain things. I could always justify it as the sensible, reasonable thing to do. They did throw a couple of extra lines in that were overly devious.
Xander Berkeley (on his 24 character, George Mason): I think even in the pilot he had a sense of humour albeit a dark one, a cynical one. It seemed like with everyone taking everything so damn seriously somebody ought to be able to take a pot shot every now and again. I think that's the way that these guys who are lifers in any kind of really dark line of work survive is that they form a gallows humour or a sense of detachment or a sense of irony that gets them through a hard day.
Xander Berkeley (on getting the part of George Mason on 24): I was told by my agent that they were sending a script. I'd worked with Ron Howard, the co-producer of the show, before. I didn't have to audition, I was known to be a good character actor that could play a role like George Mason.