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‘White Collar’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

Checking in on Matt Bomer and the rest of the stars of this hit show.

White Collar, a crime drama, immediately became a success when it aired from 2009 to 2014 on USA Network (it’s now streaming on Netflix). This television series captivated audiences with its intriguing plot, dynamic cast of characters, and clever storytelling.

Created by Jeff Eastin, the show gained popularity for its blend of crime-solving, art heists, and the charismatic chemistry between its lead characters. White Collar follows the unlikely partnership between Neal Caffrey, a suave and brilliant con artist, and Peter Burke, a dedicated FBI agent.

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After being captured by Burke, Caffrey agrees to help the FBI solve white-collar crimes in exchange for his freedom. The show delves into the world of art forgery, theft, and high-stakes theft, all while exploring the evolving friendship between Caffrey and Burke.

The charming and complex portrayal of Neal Caffrey by Matt Bomer and the grounded, principled nature of Peter Burke, played by Tim DeKay, created a captivating on-screen duo. The show’s mix of humor, suspense, and stylish storytelling made it a favorite.

Here we look back at the White Collar cast to see where the stars are now.

Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey: White Collar cast

Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey
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CHARACTER PLAYED: Neal Caffrey

BORN: October 11, 1977, in Webster Groves, Missouri

BEST KNOWN FOR: Chuck (2007-2009), Magic Mike (2012), Magic Mike XXL (2015) The Normal Heart (2014), Doom Patrol (2019-2023) and the miniseries Fellow Travelers (2023).

PERSONAL: Bomer is married to publicist Simon Halls. They have three children: Kit, Walker, and Henry.

THOUGHTS ON WHITE COLLAR: Of the strong relationship between the two male leads Bomer has said, “It’s about two guys who have a mutual respect for each other and who have a lot of differences, but who compensate for each other’s differences in interesting ways and who always end up, at the end of the day, having a pretty good time together. But, the one dynamic that’s always shifting and changing between our relationship, and between the series at large, is that of trust.

Tim DeKay as Peter Burke

Tim DeKay as Peter Burke
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CHARACTER PLAYED: Peter Burke

BORN: June 12, 1963, in Ithaca, New York

BEST KNOWN FOR: Swordfish (2001), Carnivàle (2003-2005), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Tell Me You Love Me (2007), Get Smart (2008) and Second Chance (2016).

PERSONAL: DeKay is married to actress Elisa Taylor. They have two children: Jamis and Danna.

THOUGHTS ON WHITE COLLAR: Reflecting on the relationship between the two stars, DeKay said, “I think it’s like any other relationship that changes and evolves. At the base of it, I just get the feeling that these two care for each other very much and, with that, they’re going to have a good time together. They’re going to be hurt by each other and are going to possibly not trust each other to greater degrees. But, I think that’s to Jeff Eastin’s credit. People have said, ‘Oh, this is a buddy-cop relationship that these two have.’ Yes, I think it is, but it’s much more than that and that’s because Jeff Eastin has said, ‘No, no, no. I want it to be more than,’ and I think he’s written something more than that.”

Willie Garson as Mozzie

Willie Garson as Mozzie
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CHARACTER PLAYED: Mozzie

BORN: February 20, 1964, in Highland Park, New Jersey.

BEST KNOWN FOR: Sex and the City (1998-2004), Fever Pitch (2005), Whole Day Down (2011-2015) Hawaii Five-0 (2015-2020) and Before I Go (2021).

PERSONAL: Garson passed away on September 21, 2021 from pancreatic cancer. He was only 57. He left behind his adopted son, Nathan.

THOUGHTS ON WHITE COLLAR: Looking back at the show, Garson reflected that if his character Mozzie ran for president, “I don’t know if Neal would be his campaign manager but Mozzie’s election platform would be to dismantle the entire government. That would be his platform and that would be chaos. I don’t know if Neal would really get behind that. He would be a friendly voice to Mozzie but I don’t know if he’d be a full supporter.”

Tiffani Thiessen as Elizabeth Burke: White Collar cast

Tiffani Thiessen as Elizabeth Burke
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CHARACTER PLAYED: Elizabeth Burke

BORN: January 23, 1974, in Long Beach, California.

BEST KNOWN FOR: Saved by the Bell (1989-1993) and the reboot Saved by the Bell (2020-2021), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1994-1998) and Alexa & Katie (2018-2020).

PERSONAL: Thiessen is married to actor Brady Smith. They have two children: Harper and Holt.

THOUGHTS ON WHITE COLLAR: Looking back on getting her role, Thiessen said, “When I first auditioned for it, they hadn’t cast the role of Peter yet. So, they were just loosely looking at possible Elizabeths. And then I was put on what they call a short list. I’ve been doing this for 26 years. I can’t tell you how many short lists I have been on. And nothing ever happens. But, you know, it’s just part of being an actor. So, they finally cast the role of Peter with Tim DeKay, which I was ecstatic about because I have been a fan of Tim’s for a very, very long time. And so I remember calling my agent going, ‘Okay. So, what’s happening?’ He’s like, ‘Well, they kind of wanted to go in a different direction.’ And they were literally testing girls five years younger than I was. And I was thinking, ‘Okay, this is interesting.’ I mean, Tim and I already have a little bit of an age difference, but you put another five years….I guess they went through a lot of different girls, a lot of young girls. And so they finally came back. I got a phone call a couple months later and they said, ‘We want you to do a chemistry read with Tim DeKay.’ And I was thinking, ‘Yes. It’s back on!’ I went in. We had chemistry from day one. I went in, tested for it once. And there’s a very funny story with USA Network that it takes them a very long time to make a decision on somebody. And I think I broke the record because I got the call three hours later that I got the job.”

Marsha Thomason as Diana Berrigan

Marsha Thomason as Diana Berrigan
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CHARACTER PLAYED: Diana Berrigan

BORN: January 19, 1976, in Manchester, England.

BEST KNOWN FOR: The Haunted Mansion (2003) Lost (2007-2009) and The Bay (2022-2023)

PERSONAL: She is married to lighting technician Craig Sykes. They have one daughter, Tallulah Anaïs.

THOUGHTS ON WHITE COLLAR: Describing her character, Thomason explains that, “Diana’s an FBI agent, she’s a bit of a ball buster, she doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She’s really conscientious and she’s into being an FBI. She works long hours beside Peter. She looks up to him like he’s her mentor and she trusts him which is why she goes along with him.”

On preparing for her role on White Collar Thomason said, “We have an FBI consultant on the set, so he’s really helpful. He’s there for questions that come up along the way. The big one for me was working with the gun. I’ve never really worked with a gun before, and the first day I’m on set I’m like ‘how do I… how do I hold this? What do I…?’ It’s pathetic! One of the things I learned is even when they say ‘FBI freeze’ and hold their guns up, their fingers are not actually on the trigger. They have it on the side. Also, the handcuffs flip around and around and around and it makes you look really inept.”

Sharif Atkins as Clinton Jones: White Collar cast

Sharif Atkins as Clinton Jones
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CHARACTER PLAYED: Clinton Jones

BORN: January 29, 1975, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

BEST KNOWN FOR: ER (2001-2006), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Open House (2018) NCIS: Hawaii (2021-24).

PERSONAL: Atkins is married to Bethany Hotchkiss. They have one child.

THOUGHTS ON WHITE COLLAR: When talking about how he prepared for the role, Atkins said, “The initial research I ended up just going on the FBI’s Web site and real casually just sort of reading through some of the expectations, some of the things that I would have had to have done in order to become an agent. But aside from that, I think it’s sort of kind of learning on the job so to speak. I mean the scripts provide great story lines and using my imagination I can create a lot of great back story with regards to what’s going on.”

When asked what it was like to working with the actors and crew, Atkins said, “As far as working with the cast, it’s been great. As far as sort of uncovering the storylines that they put out every week and a half, I think has been great. It’s always a joy to go to work every morning. I’ve got to say.”


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