James Burke

Actor
IVA Star Rating : 56
James Burke 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 between 1932 and 1964. He was often cast as a police officer, usually a none-too-bright one, such as his role as Sergeant Velie in Columbia... read more

James Burke 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 between 1932 and 1964. He was often cast as a police officer, usually a none-too-bright one, such as his role as Sergeant Velie in Columbia Pictures' Ellery Queen crime dramas in the early 1940s. Burke can also be seen in The Maltese Falcon, At the Circus, Lone Star, and many other films. One of his memorable roles is his portrayal of a rowdy rancher in the 1935 comedy Ruggles of Red Gap.

Born

Friday, 24 September 1886

Died

Thursday, 23 May 1968

Actor Filmography

Inside the Marx Brothers John Carter (clip from At the Circus (1939)) 2003
Classified X Self 1998
Connections 1978
Brother Can You Spare a Dime (archive footage) 1975
The Law and Mr. Jones Carney 1960
Stagecoach West Zeke Bonner 1960
The DuPont Show with June Allyson Policeman 1959
The Young Philadelphians Police Officer Barney Flanagan 1959
Alias Jesse James Charlie 1959
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Penson 1958
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

Inside the Marx Brothers John Carter (clip from At the Circus (1939)) 2003
Classified X Self 1998
Connections 1978
Brother Can You Spare a Dime (archive footage) 1975
The Law and Mr. Jones Carney 1960
Stagecoach West Zeke Bonner 1960
The DuPont Show with June Allyson Policeman 1959
The Young Philadelphians Police Officer Barney Flanagan 1959
Alias Jesse James Charlie 1959
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Penson 1958
Wanted: Dead or Alive Sheriff Blore, Sheriff John Tatum, Sheriff M. Comstock 1958
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Horse Handler 1957
Trackdown Levi Benson 1957
Wagon Train Ance Beal, Mr. Harrison 1957
The Unholy Wife Sheriff Tom Watling 1957
Public Pigeon No. 1 Harrigan 1957
Tales of Wells Fargo Billy Knapp, Silver Logan 1957
Playhouse 90 The Janitor 1956
Hey, Jeannie! Sheriff 1956
Back from Eternity Grimsby, Airline Manager 1956
The Birds and the Bees Steward 1956
The 20th Century-Fox Hour Mr. Tuttle 1955
Cheyenne Buckshot 1955
You're Never Too Young Pullman Conductor 1955
Shower of Stars Self 1954
Lassie Mr. Jensen 1954
Duffy's Tavern Clancy 1954
Lucky Me Mahoney 1954
The Life of Riley Duke, Officer Dooley 1953
My Hero Jeff Fingers - Pickpocket, Jefferson Smith 1952
Toughest Man in Arizona George Ryan 1952
We're Not Married! Willie's Sergeant 1952
My Little Margie Policeman 1952
Denver & Rio Grande Sheriff Ed Johnson 1952
Lone Star Luther Kilgore 1952
Warpath Oldtimer 1951
I Love Lucy Mr. Watson 1951
Mark Saber Sgt. Tim Maloney, Det. Sgt. Tim Maloney, Det. Sgt. Tim Malony 1951
The Red Skelton Hour 2nd Policeman, Bob Appleby - George's Father, Captain in U.S. Navy, Captain, Clancy the Cop, Second Policeman, Ship's Captain 1951
Here Comes the Groom O'Neill, Policeman 1951
His Kind of Woman Barkeeper in Nogales 1951
Excuse My Dust MSgt. Nuckols 1951
Raton Pass Hank 1951
The Last Outpost 1951
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone The Train Conductor 1950
Let's Dance George 1950
The Kid from Texas Blacksmith 1950
Copper Canyon Jeb Bassett 1950
Red, Hot and Blue Joe, Doorman 1949
Mighty Joe Young Producer 1949
Take Me Out to the Ball Game Policeman 1949
Alias Nick Beal Bum 1949
June Bride Luke Potter 1948
Night Wind Sheriff Hamilton 1948
Beyond Glory Jim, the Bartender 1948
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven Cop 1948
The Timber Trail Jed Baker 1948
The Big Clock O'Brien 1948
Body and Soul Arnold 1947
Nightmare Alley Rural Marshal 1947
Song of the Thin Man Callahan 1947
The Gas House Kids in Hollywood Police Lt. Burke 1947
Down to Earth Detective Kelly 1947
Living in a Big Way Murphy 1947
Blaze of Noon Farmer 1947
Philo Vance's Gamble Lt. Burke 1947
Lost Honeymoon Bartender 1947
Easy Come, Easy Go Harry Weston 1947
California Pokey 1947
Sister Kenny Undetermined Minor Role 1946
Bowery Bombshell Detective O'Malley 1946
The Virginian Andy Jones 1946
Young Widow Motorcycle Cop / Motorcycle Cop (Uncredited) 1946
Two Years Before the Mast Carrick 1946
How DOooo You Do Detective 1945
I Love a Bandleader Charles Gibley 1945
Shady Lady Crane 1945
Guest Wife Waiter 1945
Anchors Aweigh Studio Cop 1945
The Horn Blows at Midnight Cliffside Park Policeman 1945
Casanova Brown O'Leary 1944
3 Men in White First Policeman 1944
Riding High Pete Brown / Pete 1943
Thank Your Lucky Stars Bill - the Intern Guard 1943
Dixie Riverboat Captain 1943
No Place for a Lady Moriarity / Police Substation Chief Moriarty 1943
A Night to Remember Pat Murphy 1942
Army Surgeon Brooklyn 1942
Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen Police Sgt. Velie / Police Sergeant Velie 1942
Are Husbands Necessary? Tough Mugg 1942
It Happened in Flatbush Umpire Shaunnessy 1942
A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Sgt. Velie 1942
My Favorite Blonde Union Secretary 1942
A Close Call for Ellery Queen Police Sgt. Velle / Sgt. Velie 1942
All Through the Night Forbes / Police Lt. Forbes 1942
Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring Sgt. Velie / Police Sgt. Velie 1941
The Maltese Falcon Luke 1941
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Sgt. Velie 1941
Million Dollar Baby Callahan 1941
Reaching for the Sun Norm 1941
Pot o' Gold Lt. Grady 1941
Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Police Sergeant Velie / Sgt. Velie 1941
Ellery Queen, Master Detective Sgt. Velle 1940
Little Nellie Kelly Sergeant McGowan 1940
No Time for Comedy Police Sergeant 1940
The Golden Fleecing Sibley - Motorcycle Cop / Sibley 1940
The Way of All Flesh Frisco 1940
The Saint Takes Over Patrolman Mike 1940
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Wilkie 1940
Opened by Mistake Police Sergeant Wilkins 1940
Buck Benny Rides Again Taxi Driver 1940
Double Alibi Police Captain Orr 1940
The Cisco Kid and the Lady Pop Saunders 1939
At the Circus John Carter 1939
Fast and Furious Clancy 1939
Beau Geste Lieutenant Dufour 1939
On Borrowed Time Sheriff Burlingame 1939
Dodge City Cattle Auctioneer 1939
The Family Next Door Policeman 1939
Sudden Money McPherson 1939
I'm from Missouri Walt Bliss 1939
Within the Law 'Red' 1939
The Saint Strikes Back Headquarters Police Officer 1939
The Dawn Patrol Flaherty / Flaherty - Motorcycle Driver 1938
Orphans of the Street Police Officer Lou Manning 1938
Little Orphan Annie Mike Moriarty 1938
Spring Madness Policeman 1938
Men with Wings J.A. Nolan 1938
The Mad Miss Manton Sullivan 1938
The Affairs of Annabel Muldoon 1938
You Can't Take It with You Chief Detective 1938
Joy of Living Mac 1938
The Buccaneer Pirate 1938
The Perfect Specimen Sheriff Bill Snodgrass / Constable Snodgrass 1937
Life Begins with Love Darby McGraw 1937
Dead End Mulligan / Police Officer Mulligan 1937
High, Wide and Handsome Stackpole 1937
Pick a Star Detective Nolan 1937
Champagne Waltz Mr. Scribner 1937
Laughing at Trouble Sheriff Bill Norton / Bill Norton 1936
Great Guy Pat Haley / Patrick James Aloysius 'Pat' Haley 1936
Old Hutch Bank Teller 1936
Pepper Hamburger Man 1936
36 Hours to Kill Doyle / Doyle - Process Server 1936
Rhythm on the Range Wabash 1936
Song and Dance Man Lt. Mike Boyle 1936
Klondike Annie Bartender 1936
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Leader 1936
The Leathernecks Have Landed Corrigan 1936
It Had to Happen Foreman 1936
Dancing Feet Phil Moore 1936
Frisco Waterfront Corrigan 1935
Coronado Slug Moran 1935
Hot Money Police Sgt. Burke 1935
Music Is Magic Mickey 1935
Remember Last Night? Motorcycle Cop 1935
Case of the Missing Man Police Sergeant Rorty 1935
Here Comes Cookie Broken-Nose Reilly 1935
The Affair of Susan Hogan 1935
Welcome Home Michael Shaughnessy 1935
Call of the Wild Ole 1935
Man on the Flying Trapeze Patrolman No.2 / Patrolman 1935
The Farmer Takes a Wife Man Hauling Rifles and Bullets 1935
Broadway Gondolier Uncle Andy 1935
After the Dance Police Lieutenant 1935
Make a Million Pete 1935
So Red the Rose Major Rushton 1935
Dinky Truck Driver 1935
Princess O'Hara A Detective 1935
Mississippi Skeptical Passenger in Pilot House 1935
Ruggles of Red Gap Jeff Tuttle 1935
The Mystery Man Managing Editor Marvin 1935
Rumba Reporter 1935
The Secret Bride Diner Counterman 1934
Ticket to a Crime Detective Lt. John Aloysius McGinnis 1934
Lady by Choice Brannigan 1934
Happiness Ahead Policeman 1934
Treasure Island Pirate of the Spanish Main 1934
The Cat's-Paw Gargan 1934
The Girl from Missouri Policeman at Cousins' Suicide 1934
Friends of Mr. Sweeney Policeman Arresting Wynn 1934
The Scarlet Empress Guard 1934
Little Miss Marker Detective Reardon 1934
The Merry Frinks 3rd Expressman 1934
Sadie McKee First Motorcycle Cop 1934
Twentieth Century Sheriff 1934
A Very Honorable Guy Sergeant 1934
Sisters Under the Skin Conroy 1934
City Limits King / King, a Hobo 1934
Good Dame Cop 1934
Wharf Angel Brooklyn Jack 1934
Gambling Lady Detective Making Raid 1934
It Happened One Night Detective 1934
Six of a Kind Detective 1934
Queen Christina Blacksmith - 4th Rabble Rouser 1934
All of Me Welfare Island Guard 1934
Gallant Lady Policeman in Park 1934
Fugitive Lovers Joe Cobb 1934
Lady Killer Panhandler 1933
Blood Money Pool Hall Detective 1933
The Kennel Murder Case Policeman Who Lets Philo's Dog Out 1933
Tillie and Gus Juror 1933
Bombshell First Immigration Officer 1933
The Bowery Recruiting Sergeant 1933
The Power and the Glory Gateman 1933
To the Last Man Kentucky Sheriff 1933
Torch Singer Taxicab Driver / Taxi Driver 1933
College Humor Cromwell Dexter 1933
The Man Who Dared Registrar of Voters 1933
The Girl in 419 Detective Jackson 1933
A Lady's Profession Mulroy 1933
Face in the Sky Cop 1933
The Painted Woman Sailor, Yank's Pal 1932
The Hollywood Handicap Character 1932
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