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William Berke (I) (1903–1958)

William Berke was born on October 3, 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Gunfire (1950), Dick Tracy (1945) and Rolling Home (1946). He died on February 15, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Gunfire Director
Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy Director
Rolling Home
Rolling Home Director
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 1958 The Lost Missile (uncredited)
 1958 The Mugger
 1958 Cop Hater
 1958 Island Women
 1956 I Spy (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Betrayal at West Point (1956) ... (as William A. Berke)
- Canaris Story ... (as William A. Berke)
 1956 Judge Roy Bean (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1954-1955 The Joe Palooka Story (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Below the Border (1955)
- The Long Wait (1954)
- The Last Fight (1954)
 1954 Annie Oakley (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Cinder Trail (1954)
 1953 Man Against Crime (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- Murder Mountain (1953)
- The Wire Tappers (1953)
- Hide and Seek (1953)
 1953 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Ransom Cross (1953)
- Steel Ribbon (1953)
 1953 The Goldbergs (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Partners (1953)
 1952-1953 The Range Rider (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- West of Cheyenne (1953)
- The Holy Terror (1953)
- Outlaw Territory (1953)
 1952 The Jungle
 1952 The Hunter (TV Series) (as William A. Berke)
 1951 FBI Girl
 1951 Savage Drums
 1951 Pier 23
 1951 Roaring City
 1951 Danger Zone
 1950 Bandit Queen
 1950 Pygmy Island
 1950 Gunfire
 1950 Captive Girl
 1949 Zamba
 1949 Sky Liner
 1949 Arson, Inc.
 1948 Highway 13
 1948 Jungle Jim
 1948 Racing Luck
 1948 Caged Fury
 1947 Shoot to Kill
 1946 Renegade Girl
 1946 Rolling Home
 1946 Sunset Pass
 1945 Dick Tracy
 1945 High Powered
 1944 Dark Mountain
 1944 Tornado
 1944 Riding West
 1944 The Navy Way
 1943 Minesweeper
 1943 Frontier Fury
 1942 Pardon My Gun
 1936 Gun Grit (as Lester Williams)
 1936 Desert Justice (as Lester Williams)
 1935 Toll of the Desert (as Lester Williams)
 1935 Wild Waters (Short) (as William Hall)
 1934 Death Fangs (Short) (as William Hall)
 1934 Crack-Up (Short) (as Wm. Hall)
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Alternate Names:

William A. Berke | Wm. Berke | William Hall | Wm. Hall | Billy Lester | Bill Lester | William B. Lester | William Lester | Wm. Lester | Lester Williams


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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American director of 1940s and '50s second features, mainly westerns (often starring Charles Starrett) and crime and jungle dramas for Republic, Columbia and Pine-Thomas Productions. A graduate of Los Angeles Polytechnic High School, Berke worked his way up the ladder from office boy to assistant camera operator to cameraman and, finally, to director/producer. He spent his final years working in ... See more »

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