Burt Chance was only 17 when he got his 15-year-old girlfriend Virginia pregnant; their son, Jimmy, was born on prom night. The three of them have lived with Virginia's grandmother, Maw Maw, for more than two decades. It was during this time that Burt and Virginia have learned to be adults as they've cared for the Alzheimer's-stricken Maw Maw.
To provide for his family, Burt started his own business, Better Lawn Service & Pool Cleaning. His son, Jimmy, and nephew Mike worked for him. When Jimmy had a one-night stand and knocked up a serial killer named Lucy, baby Hope joined the family. They took Hope to work with them on the first day, and the cops helped educate them that strapping a car seat to a riding mower was not the safest situation for an infant.
Burt hates lying and said he was "living a private hell" because Virginia forced him to hide the circumstances of her mother's death — by way of a ceramic duck. Still, he'll do anything for his family. He'll go to second base with Virginia's cousin Delilah to save the house. He'll admit to the entire neighborhood that he's a sex offender to get Hope into a better day care. He'll spend 30 days in jail for a chance to reunite his brother, Bruce, with his son, Mike. He'll even take a second job with his old rival boss at Green Thumb Yard Workers to get health insurance for his son.
While Burt may be resigned to his lower-class status, his prideful side still drove him to try to impress his wealthy parents at Thanksgiving. But when the Chances "borrowed" the home of one of Virginia's house-cleaning clients to host his family for the holidays, the plan backfired, and Burt's folks got a glimpse of the real Chance family lifestyle.
Although Burt appears to be happy-go-lucky, he has a few skeletons in his closet. He confessed to Virginia that he wasn't kidnapped decades earlier but took off for a night of fun with a stranger. And he had to once again change his ways when his old gambling habit reared its ugly head.
Burt may come across as passive and willing to go along with every one of Virginias' cockamamie schemes. But when push comes to shove, he took on a leadership role trying to defeat the unfit chairperson of the Natesville church group. Of course, as was typical in his world, nothing went smoothly, and he lost the post and had to retrain the seeing-eye-pig he was meant to take care of.
Born in California and raised in Washington, Garret Dillahunt studied journalism at the University of Washington and went on to earn his M.F.A. through New York University's renowned graduate acting program.
Dillahunt will next be seen in the movies "Killing Them Softly," starring Brad Pitt and directed by Andrew Dominik; and "Looper," with Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Both films are scheduled for release this fall. He also completed shooting director Bastian Günther's independent film "Headhunter," starring opposite Ulrich Tukur; "Revenge for Jolly" with Kristen Wiig, Oscar Isaac, Ryan Phillippe, Elijah Wood and Adam Brody; and actor/director Travis Fine's "Any Day Now," starring opposite Alan Cumming.
He co-starred in John Sayles' independent feature, "Amigo"; Ryan Redford's directorial debut, "Oliver Sherman," playing the title role opposite Molly Parker and Donal Logue; and the critically acclaimed "Winter's Bone," which earned him and the rest of the cast Best Ensemble at the Gotham Awards.
His additional film credits include "The Road," with Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron; Wes Craven's "The Last House on the Left"; "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; and the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning drama "No Country For Old Men," opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Dillahunt also is known for his work on the critically acclaimed cable series "Deadwood," in which he portrayed two entirely different characters: the assassin "Jack McCall" and the complex and deadly "Francis Wolcott." After recognizing Dillahunt's talent in his first incarnation, executive producer/writer David Milch created a second character for him.
Additional television credits include "Alphas," "Memphis Beat," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "John From Cincinnati," "The Book of Daniel," "ER," "The 4400," "Damages," "Life," "Lie to Me," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Criminal Minds," "Burn Notice" and "White Collar."
He boasts an outstanding theatrical resume and has performed extensively on and off Broadway and at such respected theater companies as Steppenwolf, ACT San Francisco, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Dillahunt resides in Los Angeles and New York.