William Albert "Billy" Burke is an American former singer and actor. He is best known for playing Charlie Swan in the 2008 romantic fantasy film ‘Twilight’ and its sequels. He has also garnered appreciation for his performances in the films ‘Red Riding Hood,’ ‘Lights Out,’ and 'Breaking In'. Burke initially started off as a singer. After taking part in numerous singing rehearsals and attending music lessons during his early teens, he joined a band at the age of 15. He continued to perform in various bands during his late teens and simultaneously studied drama at the Western Washington University. Burke eventually made his film debut in the 1990 independent film ‘Daredreamer’. Since then, he has appeared in important roles in both films and TV shows. Today, he is a household name owing to his appearances in the ‘Twilight’ film series.