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James Burke

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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Sep 24, 1886 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Face in the Sky 1933-01-15
Latest Project:
Series After the Warming 1989-02-06
Known For
Poster of After the Warming
Poster of The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour
Poster of My Little Margie
Poster of Wharf Angel
Series After the Warming 1989-02-06
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Movie The Unholy Wife Sheriff Tom Watling 1957-06-24
Series The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Unknown 1957-11-06
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Movie Lucky Me Mahoney 1954-04-09
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Denver and Rio Grande Sheriff Ed Johnson 1952-05-16
Series My Little Margie Unknown 1952-06-16
Movie Lone Star Luther Kilgore 1952-10-24
Movie We're Not Married! Willie's Sergeant (uncredited) 1952-07-11
Movie The Last Outpost Stagecoach driver 1951-04-04
Movie Raton Pass Hank 1951-04-07
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie Copper Canyon Jeb Bassett 1950-11-15
Movie Let's Dance George (uncredited) 1950-11-29
Movie Alias Nick Beal Bum 1949-03-04
Movie June Bride Luke Potter 1948-10-29
Movie Beyond Glory Jim, the Bartender (uncredited) 1948-08-03
Movie The Timber Trail Jed Baker 1948-06-14
Movie Night Wind Sheriff Hamilton 1948-09-01
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Harry Weston 1947-03-07
Movie Down to Earth Detective Kelly 1947-08-21
Movie California Pokey 1947-02-21
Movie Philo Vance's Gamble Lt. Burke 1947-04-12
Movie Body and Soul Arnold 1947-11-09
Movie Song of the Thin Man Policeman Callahan 1947-08-28
Movie The Gas House Kids in Hollywood Police Lt. Burke 1947-08-23
Movie The Virginian Andy Jones (uncredited) 1946-05-05
Movie Two Years Before the Mast Carrick 1946-11-22
Movie The Horn Blows at Midnight Policeman 1945-04-28
Movie Shady Lady Crane 1945-09-07
Movie Anchors Aweigh Studio Cop 1945-07-14
Movie How DOooo You Do Detective 1945-12-24
Movie I Love a Bandleader Charles Gibley 1945-09-13
Movie Casanova Brown O'Leary (uncredited) 1944-08-23
Movie No Place for a Lady Moriarity 1943-02-11
Movie Dixie Riverboat Captain (uncredited) 1943-06-23
Movie My Favorite Blonde Union Secretary 1942-04-02
Movie A Close Call for Ellery Queen Sgt. Velie 1942-01-27
Movie All Through the Night Police Lt. Forbes 1942-01-10
Movie A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Sgt. Velie 1942-05-07
Movie Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen Police Sergeant Velie 1942-07-30
Movie It Happened in Flatbush Umpire Shaunnessy 1942-05-28
Movie Army Surgeon Brooklyn 1942-12-04
Movie A Night to Remember Pat Murphy 1942-12-10
Movie Reaching for the Sun Norm 1941-05-01
Movie Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Sgt. Velie 1941-03-24
Movie Million Dollar Baby Callahan 1941-05-31
Movie Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Sgt. Velie 1941-08-14
Movie Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring Sgt. Velie 1941-11-18
Movie The Maltese Falcon Luke 1941-10-18
Movie The Saint Takes Over Patrolman Mike 1940-06-07
Movie Buck Benny Rides Again Taxi Driver 1940-05-31
Movie Double Alibi Police Captain Orr 1940-03-01
Movie The Way of All Flesh Frisco 1940-07-05
Movie Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Wilkie 1940-05-02
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Sgt. Velle 1940-11-30
Movie Little Nellie Kelly Sergeant McGowan 1940-11-22
Movie The Golden Fleecing Sibley 1940-08-16
Movie No Time for Comedy Police Sergeant 1940-09-14
Movie Sudden Money McPherson 1939-03-31
Movie The Family Next Door Policeman 1939-03-30
Movie The Saint Strikes Back Headquarters Police Officer 1939-03-10
Movie Dodge City Cattle Auctioneer 1939-03-31
Movie Within the Law 'Red' 1939-03-17
Movie On Borrowed Time Sheriff Burlingame 1939-07-07
Movie The Cisco Kid and the Lady Pop Saunders 1939-12-29
Movie Fast and Furious Clancy 1939-10-06
Movie At the Circus John Carter 1939-10-20
Movie Beau Geste Lieutenant Dufour 1939-07-24
Movie Men with Wings J.A. Nolan 1938-07-16
Movie Joy of Living Mac 1938-05-06
Movie Flight Into Nowhere Ike Matthews 1938-04-19
Movie You Can't Take It with You Chief Detective (uncredited) 1938-08-23
Movie The Dawn Patrol Flaherty - Motorcycle Driver 1938-12-24
Movie The Affairs of Annabel Muldoon 1938-09-09
Movie Little Orphan Annie Mike Moriarty 1938-12-02
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Sullivan 1938-10-21
Movie High, Wide, and Handsome Stackpole 1937-07-21
Movie Champagne Waltz Mr. Scribner 1937-02-05
Movie Dead End Police Officer Mulligan 1937-08-27
Movie Life Begins with Love Darby McGraw 1937-10-06
Movie The Perfect Specimen Constable Snodgrass 1937-10-23
Movie Song And Dance Man Lt. Mike Boyle 1936-03-10
Movie The Leathernecks Have Landed Corrigan 1936-01-01
Movie Rhythm on the Range Wabash 1936-07-01
Movie Dancing Feet Phil Moore 1936-01-20
Movie 36 Hours to Kill Doyle - Process Server 1936-07-24
Movie Laughing at Trouble Bill Norton 1936-12-11
Movie Great Guy Patrick James Aloysius 'Pat' Haley 1936-12-01
Movie After the Dance Police Lieutenant 1935-06-25
Movie Broadway Gondolier Uncle Andy 1935-07-27
Movie Dinky Truck Driver 1935-05-11
Movie The Mystery Man Managing Editor Marvin 1935-02-12
Movie Man on the Flying Trapeze Patrolman 1935-08-03
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Jeff Tuttle 1935-03-08
Movie Call of the Wild Ole 1935-08-09
Movie Frisco Waterfront Corrigan 1935-12-03
Movie So Red the Rose Major Rushton 1935-12-20
Movie Hot Money Police Sgt. Burke 1935-11-16
Movie Coronado Slug Moran 1935-11-27
Movie Music Is Magic Mickey 1935-11-01
Movie Here Comes Cookie Broken-Nose Reilly 1935-09-10
Movie The Affair of Susan Hogan 1935-09-01
Movie Wharf Angel Brooklyn Jack 1934-03-15
Movie It Happened One Night Detective (uncredited) 1934-02-22
Movie Six of a Kind Detective (uncredited) 1934-02-09
Movie All of Me Welfare Island Guard 1934-02-01
Movie Gambling Lady Detective Making Raid (uncredited) 1934-03-31
Movie Ticket to a Crime Detective Lt. John Aloysius McGinnis 1934-12-14
Movie City Limits King, a Hobo 1934-04-14
Movie Lady by Choice Brannigan 1934-10-15
Movie Friends Of Mr. Sweeney Policeman Arresting Wynn 1934-07-28
Movie Twentieth Century Sheriff (uncredited) 1934-05-11
Movie A Very Honorable Guy Sergeant 1934-05-04
Movie A Lady's Profession Mulroy 1933-03-03
Movie Face in the Sky Cop (uncredited) 1933-01-15
Movie The Girl in 419 Detective Jackson 1933-05-26
Movie Queen Christina Blacksmith - 4th Rabble Rouser (uncredited) 1933-12-26
Movie To the Last Man Kentucky Sheriff (uncredited) 1933-09-15
Movie Torch Singer Taxi Driver 1933-09-08
Movie College Humor Cromwell Dexter 1933-07-05