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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 February 1918Peckham, London, England, UK
Date of Death 16 February 2011Barnes, London, England, UK  (chest infection)
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alfred Burke was born on February 28, 1918 in Peckham, London, England. He was an actor and writer, known for Public Eye (1965), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Enemy at the Door (1978). He was married to Barbara Bonelle. He died on February 16, 2011 in Barnes, London.

Spouse (1)

Barbara Bonelle (? - ?) (separated) (4 children)

Trivia (10)

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in his late 60s and continued on for nearly two decades.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art starting in 1937.
Became involved with the Arts Council Tours after WWII. He was invalided out of serving during the war.
He and Barbara Bonelle had two sets of twins: Jacob and Harriet, and Kelly and Louisa.
Gaunt, saturnine British character actor, best known on screen as seedy private detective Frank Marker in BBC's long-running series Public Eye (1965).
Left his school in 1933 to work as an office boy for a company repairing railway carriages. Subsequently worked as a steward in a London businessmen's club, but had to move on after a dispute with a barmaid.
Made his professional stage debut in 1939 at the Barn Theatre in Shere, Surrey, in "The Universal Legacy".
During the Second World War, he registered as a conscientious objector and was put to work as a rural labourer.
Appearing at the National Theatre in London in 'Jonathan Kent' 's production of Oedipus. Burke, aged 90, is playing The Shepherd. [October 2008]
The sixth Harry Potter film series cast member to die.

Personal Quotes (3)

I think nowadays you're more responsible for yourself as an actor. You are expected to take more responsibility for yourself and you do. And your own opinions for instance, nowadays would be much more important than they were in my time when your own opinion didn't count for much. You did what you were told or what was suggested to you. The sort of thing you did was imitate older actors actually.
What makes people a good director, it's a mystery. I mean, I did a lot of directing in my day, at Farnham, I've no idea what sort of director I was but these were people, they were good organizers, they were well read, cultured used to be the word, they knew what they were doing, they knew their history of the theatre.
In weekly rep of course you had to learn a new act every day, every night, after the show. You'd go home and you'd go to bed and start learning your lines for the following day so you'd rehearse an act a day and you had to learn all the lines for one act in one fell swoop. That really was hard work but somehow you know everybody did it. I don't think people would do it now.

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