|Alias(es)|| Carlton Leed,|
|Birth Date||August 25, 1973|
|Profession||FBI Special Agent|
|Specialty||White Collar Crimes|
|Family|| Elizabeth Burke (Wife)|
Satchmo (Family dog)
|Portrayed By||Tim DeKay|
|Season(s)||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Last Appearance||Au Revoir|
|Episode Count||78 episodes|
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Peter Burke is a special agent for the FBI in charge of white-collar crimes.
A no-nonsense federal agent in the FBI's White Collar Crime Unit, Peter believes in earning success the old-fashioned way, with perseverance and hard work. Adhering to a 'by the book' approach to law enforcement, he has high moral and ethical standards, although having Neal assigned as his CI occasionally makes him more willing to bend rules and look at 'grey areas' for opportunities to catch the real bad guys.
Having completed a CBA at college, Peter entered into the FBI's recruitment program not long after. He initially met his now-wife, Elizabeth, during an investigation of a robbery at the gallery where she worked. After putting her under surveillance 'to make sure [she] wasn't seeing anybody else' Peter eventually asked her out, and they have been married for ten years as of the start of Season 1. Peter's lacking ability in flirting often puts him in danger while he is undercover and needs to charm a woman. Funnily, it is Elizabeth who usually helps him with flirting with other women (most likely because she knows exactly how deep is Peter's love for her).
It took him years of diligent investigation, along with the steadfast support of his wife, to finally catch elusive white-collar criminal Neal Caffrey. He has, to date, apprehended Caffrey three times. The second apprehension, after Neal broke out of a maximum security prison, led to the deal being struck that gave Neal some freedom in exchange for wearing a tracking anklet and working for the FBI to catch other white-collar criminals.
In the season two episode 'Copycat Caffrey', Peter is revealed to have been a jock and a frat brother.
In the season two episode 'Company Man', Peter reveals that he has a math degree, which enabled him to pose as an accountant for an undercover job. Neal Caffrey points out that if he had chosen to go into the private sector, he could already be a millionaire. Peter retorts that if he hadn't become an FBI agent, he might not have met Elizabeth or arrested Neal.
In the season three episode 'Stealing Homes', a conversation between Neal, Peter and Elizabeth reveals that upon graduating college, Peter was drafted to join the Twins baseball team. Two weeks into spring training as a slider, he tore his rotator cuff. While his injury was fully repaired and he was able to return to the team three months later, the doctor's warning about possibly injuring himself irreparably cemented his decision to leave. Presumably, he went to work for the FBI after this.