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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 129

Birthday 1886-09-24

Day of Death 1968-05-23

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Jim Burke

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1989 After the Warming (2 episodes)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (3 episodes)
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1957 Trackdown (1 episode)
1957 The Unholy Wife as Sheriff Tom Watling
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 Lucky Me as Mahoney
1952 Lone Star as Luther Kilgore
1952 We're Not Married! as Willie's Sergeant (uncredited)
1952 My Little Margie (1 episode)
1952 Denver and Rio Grande as Sheriff Ed Johnson
1951 I Love Lucy (1 episode)
1951 Raton Pass as Hank
1951 The Last Outpost as Stagecoach driver
1950 Let's Dance as George (uncredited)
1950 Copper Canyon as Jeb Bassett
1949 Alias Nick Beal as Bum
1948 June Bride as Luke Potter
1948 Night Wind as Sheriff Hamilton
1948 Beyond Glory as Jim, the Bartender (uncredited)
1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven as Bartender (uncredited) as Cop (uncredited)
1948 The Timber Trail as Jed Baker
1947 Body and Soul as Arnold
1947 Song of the Thin Man as Policeman Callahan
1947 The Gas House Kids in Hollywood as Police Lt. Burke
1947 Down to Earth as Detective Kelly
1947 Philo Vance's Gamble as Lt. Burke
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go as Harry Weston
1947 California as Pokey
1946 Two Years Before the Mast as Carrick
1946 The Virginian as Andy Jones (uncredited)
1945 How DOooo You Do as Detective
1945 I Love a Bandleader as Charles Gibley
1945 Shady Lady as Crane
1945 Anchors Aweigh as Studio Cop
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight as Policeman
1944 Casanova Brown as O'Leary (uncredited)
1943 Dixie as Riverboat Captain (uncredited)
1943 No Place for a Lady as Moriarity
1942 A Night to Remember as Pat Murphy
1942 Army Surgeon as Brooklyn
1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen as Police Sergeant Velie
1942 It Happened in Flatbush as Umpire Shaunnessy
1942 A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen as Sgt. Velie
1942 My Favorite Blonde as Union Secretary
1942 A Close Call for Ellery Queen as Sgt. Velie
1941 All Through the Night as Police Lt. Forbes
1941 Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring as Sgt. Velie
1941 The Maltese Falcon as Luke
1941 Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime as Sgt. Velie
1941 Million Dollar Baby as Callahan
1941 Reaching for the Sun as Norm
1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery as Sgt. Velie
1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective as Sgt. Velle
1940 Little Nellie Kelly as Sergeant McGowan
1940 No Time for Comedy as Police Sergeant
1940 The Golden Fleecing as Sibley
1940 The Way of All Flesh as Frisco
1940 The Saint Takes Over as Patrolman Mike
1940 Buck Benny Rides Again as Taxi Driver
1940 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise as Wilkie
1940 Double Alibi as Police Captain Orr
1939 The Cisco Kid and the Lady as Pop Saunders
1939 At the Circus as John Carter
1939 Fast and Furious as Clancy
1939 Beau Geste as Lieutenant Dufour
1939 On Borrowed Time as Sheriff Burlingame
1939 Sudden Money as McPherson
1939 Dodge City as Cattle Auctioneer
1939 The Family Next Door as Policeman
1939 Within the Law as 'Red'
1939 The Saint Strikes Back as Headquarters Police Officer
1938 The Dawn Patrol as Flaherty - Motorcycle Driver
1938 Little Orphan Annie as Mike Moriarty
1938 The Mad Miss Manton as Sullivan
1938 The Affairs of Annabel as Muldoon
1938 You Can't Take It with You as Chief Detective (uncredited)
1938 Men with Wings as J.A. Nolan
1938 Joy of Living as Mac
1938 Flight Into Nowhere as Ike Matthews
1937 The Perfect Specimen as Constable Snodgrass
1937 Life Begins with Love as Darby McGraw
1937 Dead End as Police Officer Mulligan
1937 High, Wide, and Handsome as Stackpole
1937 Champagne Waltz as Mr. Scribner
1936 Laughing at Trouble as Bill Norton
1936 Great Guy as Patrick James Aloysius 'Pat' Haley
1936 36 Hours to Kill as Doyle - Process Server
1936 Rhythm on the Range as Wabash
1936 Song And Dance Man as Lt. Mike Boyle
1936 Dancing Feet as Phil Moore
1936 The Leathernecks Have Landed as Corrigan
1935 So Red the Rose as Major Rushton
1935 Frisco Waterfront as Corrigan
1935 Coronado as Slug Moran
1935 Hot Money as Police Sgt. Burke
1935 Music Is Magic as Mickey
1935 Here Comes Cookie as Broken-Nose Reilly
1935 The Affair of Susan as Hogan
1935 Call of the Wild as Ole
1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze as Patrolman
1935 Broadway Gondolier as Uncle Andy
1935 After the Dance as Police Lieutenant
1935 Dinky as Truck Driver
1935 Ruggles of Red Gap as Jeff Tuttle
1935 The Mystery Man as Managing Editor Marvin
1934 Ticket to a Crime as Detective Lt. John Aloysius McGinnis
1934 Lady by Choice as Brannigan
1934 Friends Of Mr. Sweeney as Policeman Arresting Wynn
1934 Twentieth Century as Sheriff (uncredited)
1934 A Very Honorable Guy as Sergeant
1934 City Limits as King, a Hobo
1934 Gambling Lady as Detective Making Raid (uncredited)
1934 Wharf Angel as Brooklyn Jack
1934 It Happened One Night as Detective (uncredited)
1934 Six of a Kind as Detective (uncredited)
1934 All of Me as Welfare Island Guard
1933 Queen Christina as Blacksmith - 4th Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
1933 To the Last Man as Kentucky Sheriff (uncredited)
1933 Torch Singer as Taxi Driver
1933 College Humor as Cromwell Dexter
1933 The Girl in 419 as Detective Jackson
1933 A Lady's Profession as Mulroy
1933 Face in the Sky as Cop (uncredited)

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