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James Burke (I) (1886–1968)

James Burke was born on September 24, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Maltese Falcon (1941), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) and At the Circus (1939). He was married to Eleanor Durkin. He died on May 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

At the Circus John Carter
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 1962 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
- The Walkout (1962) ... Carney
 1961-1962 Lassie (TV Series)
Mr. Jensen / Conductor
- Lassie's Good Deed (1962) ... Mr. Jensen
- The Trip (1961) ... Conductor
 1960-1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Zeke Bonner
- The Marker (1961) ... Zeke Bonner
- The Renegades (1961) ... Zeke Bonner
- The Swindler (1961) ... Zeke Bonner
- The Orphans (1961) ... Zeke Bonner
- The Bold Whip (1961) ... Zeke Bonner
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
- Once Upon a Knight (1960) ... Policeman
 1958-1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Sheriff Blore / Sheriff M. Comstock / Sheriff John Tatum
- Chain Gang (1959) ... Sheriff Blore
- Call Your Shot (1959) ... Sheriff M. Comstock
- The Bounty (1958) ... Sheriff John Tatum
 1958-1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mr. Harrison / Ance Beal
- The Greenhorn Story (1959) ... Mr. Harrison
- The Jesse Cowan Story (1958) ... Ance Beal
 1957-1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Silver Logan / Billy Knapp
- The Bounty Hunter (1959) ... Silver Logan
- Two Cartridges (1957) ... Billy Knapp
 1959 The Young Philadelphians
Police Officer Barney Flanagan (uncredited)
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
The Janitor
- A Marriage of Strangers (1959) ... The Janitor
 1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
- Gift Horse (1959) ... Levi
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Charlie (uncredited)
 1958 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series)
- The Rainmaker (1958) ... Sheriff
 1958 Knock on Every Door (Short)
Harry Emmerson
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Crazy Hunter (1958) ... Penson
 1954-1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Clancy the Cop / Captain in U.S. Navy / Captain / ...
- Freddie and the Turkey Dinner (1958) ... Clancy the Cop
- Desert Island (1956) ... Captain in U.S. Navy
- Cookie Returns or Cookie in Korea (1956) ... Captain
- George Resists Girls (1956) ... Bob Appleby - George's Father
- The Cop and the Anthem (1955) ... 2nd Policeman (as Jim Burke)
 1958 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Horse Handler
- Lucy Wins a Race Horse (1958) ... Horse Handler (uncredited)
 1957 The Unholy Wife
Sheriff Tom Watling
 1957 Public Pigeon No. 1
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Tuttle
- The Moneymaker (1956) ... Mr. Tuttle
 1956 Back from Eternity
Grimsby, Airline Manager (uncredited)
 1956 The Birds and the Bees
Steward (uncredited)
 1956 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
- Zamboanga (1956)
 1955 Cheyenne (TV Series)
- Border Showdown (1955) ... Buckshot
 1955 You're Never Too Young
Pullman Conductor (uncredited)
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- Burlesque (1955)
 1954-1955 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Duke / Officer Dooley
- Come Back, Little Junior (1955) ... Duke
- Destination Brooklyn (1954) ... Officer Dooley
 1954 Duffy's Tavern (TV Series)
- Archie The Detective (1954) ... Clancy
- Archie the Peacemaker (1954) ... Clancy
- Archie the Ex-Coward ... Clancy
- Episode #1.38 ... Clancy
 1954 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Mr. Watson
- The Diner (1954) ... Mr. Watson
 1954 Lucky Me
 1954 My Little Margie (TV Series)
- Margie Babysits (1954) ... Policeman
 1951-1953 Mark Saber (TV Series)
Sgt. Tim Maloney / Det. Sgt. Tim Maloney / Det. Sgt. Tim Malony
- Episode dated 21 October 1953 (1953) ... Sgt. Tim Maloney
- The Case of the Triple Murders (1953) ... Sgt. Tim Maloney
- Episode #2.22 (1953) ... Sgt. Tim Maloney
- The Case of the Fatal Ruby (1953) ... Sgt. Tim Maloney
- The Case of the Chamber of Death (1953) ... Det. Sgt. Tim Malony
 1953 My Hero (TV Series)
Jefferson Smith / Jeff Fingers - Pickpocket
- Jailbreak (1953) ... Jefferson Smith
- Bum for a Day (1953) ... Jeff Fingers - Pickpocket
 1952 Toughest Man in Arizona
George Ryan (uncredited)
 1952 We're Not Married!
Willie's Sergeant (uncredited)
 1952 Denver & Rio Grande
Sheriff Ed Johnson
 1952 Lone Star
Luther Kilgore
 1951 Here Comes the Groom
O'Neill, Policeman
 1951 Warpath
 1951 His Kind of Woman
Barkeeper in Nogales (uncredited)
 1951 Excuse My Dust
MSgt. Nuckols (uncredited)
 1951 Raton Pass
 1951 The Last Outpost
Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
 1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
The Train Conductor
 1950 Let's Dance
George (uncredited)
 1950 The Kid from Texas
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1950 Copper Canyon
Jeb Bassett
 1949 Red, Hot and Blue
Joe, Doorman (uncredited)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young
Producer (uncredited)
 1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Policeman (uncredited)
 1949 Alias Nick Beal
Bum (uncredited)
 1949 Shamrock Hill
Michael Rogan
 1948 June Bride
Luke Potter
 1948 Night Wind
Sheriff Hamilton
 1948 Beyond Glory
Jim, the Bartender (uncredited)
 1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
Cop (uncredited)
 1948 The Timber Trail
Jed Baker
 1948 The Big Clock
 1947 Body and Soul
Arnold (uncredited)
 1947 Nightmare Alley
Rural Marshal (uncredited)
 1947 Song of the Thin Man
Callahan (uncredited)
 1947 The Gas House Kids in Hollywood
Police Lt. Burke
 1947 Down to Earth
Detective Kelly
 1947 Living in a Big Way
Murphy (uncredited)
 1947 Blaze of Noon
Farmer (uncredited)
 1947 Philo Vance's Gamble
Lt. Burke
 1947 Lost Honeymoon
Bartender (uncredited)
 1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
Harry Weston
 1947 California
 1946 Sister Kenny
Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
 1946 Bowery Bombshell
Detective O'Malley
 1946 The Virginian
Andy Jones (uncredited)
 1946 Young Widow
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
 1945 How DOooo You Do
 1945 I Love a Bandleader
Charles Gibley
 1945 Shady Lady
 1945 Guest Wife
Waiter (uncredited)
 1945 Anchors Aweigh
Studio Cop
 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight
Cliffside Park Policeman (uncredited)
 1944 Casanova Brown
O'Leary (uncredited)
 1944 3 Men in White
First Policeman (uncredited)
 1943 Riding High
Pete Brown (uncredited)
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Bill - the Intern Guard (uncredited)
 1943 Dixie
Riverboat Captain (uncredited)
 1943 No Place for a Lady
 1942 A Night to Remember
Pat Murphy
 1942 Army Surgeon
 1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen
Police Sgt. Velie
 1942 Are Husbands Necessary?
Tough Mugg (uncredited)
 1942 It Happened in Flatbush
Umpire Shaunnessy
 1942 My Favorite Blonde
Union Secretary
 1942 A Close Call for Ellery Queen
Police Sgt. Velle
 1942 All Through the Night
 1941 Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring
Police Sgt. Velie
 1941 The Maltese Falcon
 1941 Million Dollar Baby
 1941 Reaching for the Sun
 1941 Pot o' Gold
Lt. Grady
 1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery
Police Sergeant Velie
 1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective
Sgt. Velle
 1940 Little Nellie Kelly
Sergeant McGowan
 1940 No Time for Comedy
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Sibley - Motorcycle Cop
 1940 The Way of All Flesh
 1940 The Saint Takes Over
Patrolman Mike
 1940 Opened by Mistake
Police Sergeant Wilkins
 1940 Buck Benny Rides Again
Taxi Driver
 1940 Double Alibi
Police Captain Orr
 1939 The Cisco Kid and the Lady
Pop Saunders
 1939 At the Circus
John Carter
 1939 Fast and Furious
 1939 Beau Geste
Lieutenant Dufour
 1939 On Borrowed Time
Sheriff Burlingame
 1939 Dodge City
Cattle Auctioneer (uncredited)
 1939 Sudden Money
 1939 The Family Next Door
Policeman (uncredited)
 1939 I'm from Missouri
Walt Bliss
 1939 Within the Law
 1939 The Saint Strikes Back
Headquarters Police Officer
 1938 The Dawn Patrol
 1938 Orphans of the Street
Police Officer Lou Manning
 1938 Little Orphan Annie
Mike Moriarty
 1938 Spring Madness
Policeman (uncredited)
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
 1938 The Affairs of Annabel
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Chief Detective (uncredited)
 1938 Men with Wings
J.A. Nolan
 1938 Joy of Living
 1938 Flight Into Nowhere
Ike Matthews
 1938 The Buccaneer
Pirate (uncredited)
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Sheriff Bill Snodgrass
 1937 Life Begins with Love
Darby McGraw
 1937 Dead End
 1937 High, Wide and Handsome
 1937 Pick a Star
Detective Nolan (uncredited)
 1937 Champagne Waltz
Mr. Scribner
 1936 Great Guy
Pat Haley
 1936 Laughing at Trouble
Sheriff Bill Norton
 1936 Can This Be Dixie?
Sheriff N.B.F. Rider
 1936 Old Hutch
Bank Teller (scenes deleted)
 1936 Pepper
Hamburger Man (uncredited)
 1936 36 Hours to Kill
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
 1936 Forgotten Faces
Sgt. Johnny Donovan / Harry's friend
 1936 Song and Dance Man
Lt. Mike Boyle
 1936 Klondike Annie
Bartender (uncredited)
 1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Leader (uncredited)
 1936 It Had to Happen
Foreman (uncredited)
 1936 Dancing Feet
Phil Moore
 1935 Frisco Waterfront
 1935 Coronado
Slug Moran
 1935 Hot Money (Short)
Police Sgt. Burke
 1935 Music Is Magic
Mickey (uncredited)
 1935 Remember Last Night?
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1935 Case of the Missing Man
Police Sergeant Rorty
 1935 Here Comes Cookie
Broken-Nose Reilly
 1935 The Affair of Susan
 1935 Call of the Wild
 1935 Welcome Home
Michael Shaughnessy
 1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze
Patrolman No.2
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Man Hauling Rifles and Bullets (uncredited)
 1935 Broadway Gondolier
Uncle Andy
 1935 After the Dance
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1935 Make a Million
 1935 So Red the Rose
Major Rushton
 1935 Dinky
Truck Driver
 1935 Princess O'Hara
A Detective (uncredited)
 1935 Mississippi
Skeptical Passenger in Pilot House (uncredited)
 1935 Ruggles of Red Gap
Jeff Tuttle
 1935 The Mystery Man
Managing Editor Marvin
 1935 Rumba
Reporter (uncredited)
 1934 The Secret Bride
Diner Counterman (uncredited)
 1934 Ticket to a Crime
Detective Lt. John Aloysius McGinnis
 1934 Love Time
Emperor Francis I
 1934 Lady by Choice
 1934 Happiness Ahead
Policeman (uncredited)
 1934 The Lemon Drop Kid
First Tramp (uncredited)
 1934 Treasure Island
Pirate of the Spanish Main
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Policeman at Cousins' Suicide (uncredited)
 1934 The Cat's-Paw
Gargan (uncredited)
 1934 Friends of Mr. Sweeney
Policeman Arresting Wynn (uncredited)
 1934 Such Women Are Dangerous
 1934 Little Miss Marker
Detective Reardon (uncredited)
 1934 The Merry Frinks
3rd Expressman (uncredited)
 1934 Sadie McKee
First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1934 The Scarlet Empress
Guard (uncredited)
 1934 Twentieth Century
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1934 A Very Honorable Guy
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1934 City Limits
 1934 Sisters Under the Skin
 1934 Good Dame
Cop (uncredited)
 1934 Wharf Angel
Brooklyn Jack
 1934 Gambling Lady
Detective Making Raid (uncredited)
 1934 It Happened One Night
Detective (uncredited)
 1934 Six of a Kind
Detective (uncredited)
 1934 All of Me
Welfare Island Guard (uncredited)
 1934 Fugitive Lovers
Joe Cobb (uncredited)
 1933 Queen Christina
Blacksmith - 4th Rabble Rouser (uncredited)
 1933 Gallant Lady
Policeman in Park (uncredited)
 1933 Lady Killer
Panhandler (uncredited)
 1933 Jimmy and Sally
Furniture Mover (uncredited)
 1933 Blood Money
Pool Hall Detective (uncredited)
 1933 The Kennel Murder Case
Policeman Who Lets Philo's Dog Out (uncredited)
 1933 Bombshell
First Immigration Officer (uncredited)
 1933 Tillie and Gus
Juror (uncredited)
 1933 The Bowery
Recruiting Sergeant (uncredited)
 1933 To the Last Man
Kentucky Sheriff (uncredited)
 1933 Torch Singer
Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
 1933 The Power and the Glory
Gateman (uncredited)
 1933 Her Bodyguard
Police Captain (uncredited)
 1933 College Humor
Cromwell Dexter
 1933 The Man Who Dared
Registrar of Voters (uncredited)
 1933 The Girl in 419
Detective Jackson
 1933 A Pair of Socks (Short)
Knockout Newton
 1933 Techno-Crazy (Short)
 1933 A Lady's Profession
 1933 Face in the Sky
Cop (uncredited)
 1932 The Painted Woman
Sailor, Yank's Pal (uncredited)
 1932 The Hollywood Handicap (Short)
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vaudeville with wife as team 'Burke and Durkin.'

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Jim Burke


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Eleanor Durkin  (her death)

Did You Know?


Irish-American character actor, on stage in New York from 1912. In films by 1933 and immediately typecast as tough cops with Irish brogues and names like Muldoon, Mulligan, Kelly, Maloney or Burke (!). When not playing the obtuse flatfoot or bemused, sympathetic plod, he would show up in costume films in small roles as soldiers or guards.

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