James Burke

James Burke

  • Born on
    • September 24th, 1886
  • Died on
    • May 23rd, 1968
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James Burke (September 24, 1886 – May 23, 1968) was an American film and television actor born in New York City. He made his stage debut in New York around 1912 and went to Hollywood in 1933. He made over 200 film appearances during his career, which ranged from 1932 to 1964; he was more often than not cast as a cop, usually a none-too-bright one, most notably as Sgt. Velie in Columbia's Ellery Queen mysteries in the early 1940s. He appeared in The Maltese Falcon, At the Circus, Lone Star, and many others. One of his best roles was as Charles Ruggles' rowdy rancher pal in Ruggles of Red Gap. In the early 1950s, Burke appeared with Tom Conway in the ABC detective drama series then called Inspector Mark Saber -- Homicide Detective, later renamed, reformatted, and switched to NBC under the title Saber of London. From 1960-1961, Burke appeared in the role of Zeke Bonner in seven episodes of the ABC western television series Stagecoach West, starring Wayne Rogers, Robert Bray, and Richard Eyer. Burke suffered from a heart condition, which took his life at the age of eighty-one.

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Acting (53 Credits)

1959Alias Jesse James as Charlie (uncredited)
1957The Unholy Wife as Sheriff Tom Watling
1954Lucky Me as Mahoney
1952Lone Star as Luther Kilgore
1952We're Not Married! as Willie's Sergeant (uncredited)
1951The Last Outpost as Stagecoach driver (uncredited)
1950Copper Canyon as Jeb Bassett
1950Let's Dance as George (uncredited)
1949Alias Nick Beal as Bum
1948June Bride as Luke Potter
1948The Big Clock as O'Brien
1947California as Pokey
1947Down to Earth as Detective Kelly
1947Body and Soul as Arnold (uncredited)
1947Nightmare Alley as Rural Marshal (uncredited)
1947Song of the Thin Man as Policeman Callahan (uncredited)
1946The Virginian as Andy Jones (uncredited)
1945Anchors Aweigh as Studio Cop
1945The Horn Blows at Midnight as Policeman (uncredited)
1944Casanova Brown as O'Leary (uncredited)
1942A Night to Remember as Pat Murphy
1942My Favorite Blonde as Union Secretary
1942All Through the Night as Police Lt. Forbes
1941The Maltese Falcon as Luke
1941Pot o' Gold as Lt. Grady
1940Little Nellie Kelly as Sergeant McGowan
1940The Saint Takes Over as Patrolman Mike
1940Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise as Wilkie
1940No Time for Comedy as Police Sergeant (uncredited)
1939On Borrowed Time as Sheriff Burlingame
1939Fast and Furious as Clancy
1939At the Circus as John Carter
1939Beau Geste as Lieutenant Dufour
1939The Saint Strikes Back as Headquarters Police Officer
1939Dodge City as Cattle Auctioneer (uncredited)
1938The Dawn Patrol as Flaherty - Motorcycle Driver
1938The Mad Miss Manton as Sullivan
1938Joy of Living as Mac
1938You Can't Take It with You as Chief Detective (uncredited)
1937Dead End as Police Officer Mulligan
1936Great Guy as Patrick James Aloysius 'Pat' Haley
1935Call of the Wild as Ole
1935Ruggles of Red Gap as Jeff Tuttle
1935Man on the Flying Trapeze as Patrolman
1934Lady by Choice as Brannigan
1934Six of a Kind as Detective (uncredited)
1934It Happened One Night as Detective (uncredited)
1934Twentieth Century as Sheriff (uncredited)
1934Gambling Lady as Detective Making Raid (uncredited)
1933To the Last Man as Kentucky Sheriff (uncredited)
1933Queen Christina as Blacksmith - 4th Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
1933The Kennel Murder Case as Policeman Who Lets Dog Out (uncredited)
1933Torch Singer as Taxi Driver

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