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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 The Girl in 419 1933-05-26
Latest Project:
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1975-08-06
Known For
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Alias Jesse James Charlie (uncredited) 1959-03-20
Movie The Unholy Wife Sheriff Tom Watling 1957-06-24
Movie Lucky Me Mahoney 1954-04-09
Movie We're Not Married! Willie's Sergeant (uncredited) 1952-07-11
Movie The Last Outpost Stagecoach driver (uncredited) 1951-04-04
Movie Alias Nick Beal Bum 1949-03-04
Movie The Timber Trail Jed Baker 1948-06-14
Movie Beyond Glory Jim, the Bartender (uncredited) 1948-08-03
Movie California Pokey 1947-02-21
Movie Body and Soul Arnold (uncredited) 1947-11-11
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Harry Weston 1947-03-07
Movie Philo Vance's Gamble Lt. Burke 1947-04-12
Movie Song of the Thin Man Policeman Callahan (uncredited) 1947-08-28
Movie Young Widow Motorcycle Cop (Uncredited) 1946-03-01
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 Casanova Brown O'Leary (uncredited) 1944-08-23
Movie No Place for a Lady Moriarity 1943-02-11
Movie Riding High Pete 1943-11-11
Movie It Happened in Flatbush Umpire Shaunnessy 1942-05-28
Movie Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen Police Sergeant Velie 1942-07-30
Movie A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Sgt. Velie 1942-05-07
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 Way of All Flesh Frisco 1940-07-05
Movie The Golden Fleecing Sibley 1940-08-16
Movie The Saint Takes Over Patrolman Mike 1940-06-07
Movie Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Wilkie 1940-05-02
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Sgt. Velle 1940-11-30
Movie No Time for Comedy Police Sergeant (uncredited) 1940-09-14
Movie Little Nellie Kelly Sergeant McGowan 1940-11-22
Movie Dodge City Cattle Auctioneer (uncredited) 1939-04-08
Movie Sudden Money McPherson 1939-03-31
Movie The Family Next Door Policeman 1939-03-30
Movie On Borrowed Time Sheriff Burlingame 1939-07-07
Movie The Saint Strikes Back Headquarters Police Officer 1939-03-08
Movie Beau Geste Lieutenant Dufour 1939-07-24
Movie The Cisco Kid and the Lady Pop Saunders 1939-12-29
Movie At the Circus John Carter 1939-10-20
Movie Fast and Furious Clancy 1939-10-06
Movie Flight Into Nowhere Ike Matthews 1938-04-19
Movie You Can't Take It with You Chief Detective (uncredited) 1938-09-01
Movie Men with Wings J.A. Nolan 1938-07-16
Movie The Affairs of Annabel Muldoon 1938-09-09
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Sullivan 1938-10-21
Movie High, Wide and Handsome Stackpole 1937-07-21
Movie Dead End Police Officer Mulligan 1937-08-27
Movie Life Begins with Love Darby McGraw 1937-10-06
Movie Dancing Feet Phil Moore 1936-01-20
Movie Rhythm on the Range Wabash 1936-07-01
Movie The Leathernecks Have Landed Corrigan 1936-01-01
Movie Laughing at Trouble Bill Norton 1936-12-11
Movie 36 Hours to Kill Doyle - Process Server 1936-07-24
Movie Great Guy Patrick James Aloysius 'Pat' Haley 1936-12-01
Movie Call of the Wild Ole 1935-08-09
Movie The Mystery Man Managing Editor Marvin 1935-02-12
Movie Here Comes Cookie Broken-Nose Reilly 1935-09-10
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Jeff Tuttle 1935-03-08
Movie Broadway Gondolier Uncle Andy 1935-07-27
Movie Music Is Magic Mickey (uncredited) 1935-11-01
Movie Frisco Waterfront Corrigan 1935-12-03
Movie Coronado Slug Moran 1935-11-27
Movie Hot Money Police Sgt. Burke 1935-11-16
Movie All of Me Welfare Island Guard (uncredited) 1934-02-01
Movie It Happened One Night Detective (uncredited) 1934-02-22
Movie Six of a Kind Detective (uncredited) 1934-02-09
Movie The Girl in 419 Detective Jackson 1933-05-26
Movie The Kennel Murder Case Policeman Who Lets Dog Out (uncredited) 1933-10-28
Movie To the Last Man Kentucky Sheriff (uncredited) 1933-09-15