Trena Bolden Fields interviews actor Raye Birk about passion and his defining moment.
Raye Birk is a native of Flint, Michigan. His theatre training includes degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has acted at the Guthrie Theater, including PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, PYGMALION, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, MACBETH, 1776, THE GREAT GATSBY, THIRD, A DELICATE BALANCE, FAITH HEALER, THE WINTER’S TALE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT as well as appearing as Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL for four seasons. He recently played KING LEAR for the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul. Mr. Birk has appeared in nearly 150 television shows and his credits include recurring roles on LA LAW, THE WONDER YEARS, COACH, SILK STALKINGS, DEAR JOHN, THE POPCORN KID and now THE BLACK SCORPION; episodes of BABYLON 5, X-FILES, 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, ER, SEINFELD, MURPHY BROWN, STAR TREK, PICKET FENCES, ALF, and PERRY MASON to name a few, and numerous TV movies. His feature films appearances include BURGLAR, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, THE WAR OF THE ROSES, NAKED GUN & NAKED GUN 33 1/3, CLASS ACT and DOC HOLLYWOOD. Since moving to the Twin Cities he has done four feature films: FACTOTUM. NORTH COUNTRY, SWEETLAND and most recently, the Coen’s brothers A SERIOUS MAN.
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