|Died||in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
Mini Bio (1)
Although born to European parents, In Cincinnati, Ohio in 1917, Merrill LEVINE went back to Hungary and Romania to study. His grandfather had been an influential Rabbi in Transylvania...and his Mother's father was revered as "King of the Gypsies". Choosing to return in 1939...just prior to hostilities which prevented his return to the US...he was later interned in a camp for Foreign Nationals, but eventually also served time in several of the better known KZ Concentration camps...including Auschwitz. Most people have no idea that several hundred U.S. citizens were forgotten..by their government and languished in the camps along side the other prisoners. When my Father was released by the victorious Armees of Freedom, he was asked to consider going to British mandate Palestine, but rejected that idea. Daddy's people were fervently Anti-Zionist...and though a Cantor in Shul, my father Never stepped foot on Occupied Palestinian Territory.
When my Father reached the United States in 1947, He changed his name from Levine to "Burke". His full stage name was Patrick Sullivan Burke, and it was by this name Only that he was known from 1947 until his death by suicide in 1994. Living in Hollywood for many years, he loved going to the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, Ca. There he delighted in presenting shows...singing...acting as Tummler...and arranging Vaudeville-esque shows to get really old actors and actresses Back On Stage. I met many of the greats, through my dear Father. He loved speaking Yiddish...and getting others to remember it!
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Zargarov (His only son)