Paul Burke (actor)

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Paul Burke
Paul Burke Twelve OClock High 1965.JPG
1965 photo of Burke as Joe Gallagher in Twelve O'Clock High
Born(1926-07-21)July 21, 1926
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 2009(2009-09-13) (aged 83)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Alma materPasadena Playhouse
OccupationActor
Years active1951–1990
Spouse(s)Peggy Pryor (19??–19??)
Lyn Peters (1979–2009; his death) (d. 2013)
ChildrenFrom first marriage:
Paula Burke Lopez
Paul Brian Burke
Dina Burke Shawkat
Stepson: Karl Steiner (died 1989)
RelativesGranddaughter, actress Alia Shawkat
 
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Paul Burke
Paul Burke Twelve OClock High 1965.JPG
1965 photo of Burke as Joe Gallagher in Twelve O'Clock High
Born(1926-07-21)July 21, 1926
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 2009(2009-09-13) (aged 83)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Alma materPasadena Playhouse
OccupationActor
Years active1951–1990
Spouse(s)Peggy Pryor (19??–19??)
Lyn Peters (1979–2009; his death) (d. 2013)
ChildrenFrom first marriage:
Paula Burke Lopez
Paul Brian Burke
Dina Burke Shawkat
Stepson: Karl Steiner (died 1989)
RelativesGranddaughter, actress Alia Shawkat

Paul Burke (July 21, 1926 – September 13, 2009)[1] was an American actor best known for his lead roles in two 1960s ABC television series, Naked City and Twelve O'Clock High. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of New York Police Department detective Adam Flint in Naked City.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Burke was born in New Orleans, the son of Martin Joseph "Marty" Burke, a boxer who fought Gene Tunney and later owned a restaurant and a nightclub known as "Marty Burke's" in the New Orleans French Quarter.[3] He was of Irish descent.

After training at the Pasadena Playhouse, Burke's film career began with a small role in the movie Golden Girl. Early in his career, Burke guest starred in the syndicated series, Highway Patrol and Men of Annapolis. In 1956–1957, Burke was cast as Dr. Noah McCann in Noah's Ark, a Jack Webb-produced weekly program which aired on NBC, the story of a pair of dedicated veterinarians. Victor Rodman played the older colleague, Dr. Sam Rinehart.

In the 1957–1958 season, Burke appeared as Jeff Kittridge in five episodes of Barry Sullivan's adventure/drama series, Harbormaster. Burke also guest starred on episodes of Tightrope, Dragnet, Adventures of Superman, The Man and the Challenge, and M Squad. In the 1959–1960 season, he appeared as Robertson in the NBC espionage series Five Fingers, starring with David Hedison.

After Five Fingers, Burke was cast in the lead role of the police show Naked City, in which he appeared as Adam Flint from 1960 to 1963. Burke then appeared in the starring role of Captain (later Major, then Colonel) Joe Gallagher on 12 O'Clock High between 1964 and 1967, during which time he met his wife, Lyn. The 12 O'Clock High role was Burke's last lead television role.

In 1967, Burke starred in the film Valley of the Dolls as Lyon Burke, the young lawyer who befriended all three female stars and had a tempestuous relationship with Anne Welles. He also played a police officer who pursued an art thief played by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair.[2]

During the 1970s, he appeared in three episodes each of ABC's The Love Boat and CBS's Medical Center. In 1984, he appeared as C.C. Capwell in twenty-one episodes of the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara. He appeared in supporting roles in a number of television series, including recurring roles in Dynasty from 1982–1988 and in Tom Selleck's Magnum, P.I. from 1981–1985 as Rear Admiral Hawkes. Burke also served as a television commercial spokesman for the Radio Shack electronics retailer.

Harry Connick, Sr.[edit]

In 1989, Burke and Harry Connick, Sr., New Orleans District Attorney, were indicted on racketeering charges for aiding and abetting a gambling operation by returning gambling records to an arrested gambler.[4]

Later years and death[edit]

Burke retired from acting in the early 1990s. He was the grandfather of actress Alia Shawkat. Suffering from leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, he died at his home in Palm Springs, California.[2]

His second wife, known professionally as Lyn Peters, died in Palm Springs on September 10, 2013, at the age of seventy-two.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1951Fixed Bayonets!DoggieUncredited
1952Francis Goes to West PointSergeant SwazeyUncredited
1953South Sea WomanEnsign at court-martial
1955Francis in the NavyTate
1956Screaming EaglesCpl. Dreef
1957The DisembodiedTom Maxwell
1964DellaBarney StaffordAlternative title: Fatal Confinement
1967Valley of the DollsLyon Burke
1968The Thomas Crown AffairLt. Eddy Malone
1969Once You Kiss a Stranger...Jerry
1970Guerilla Strike ForceBob ReynoldsAlternative title: Maharlika
1990The FoolPaul Brooke
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1955Big TownGardiner1 episode
Navy LogSparks1 episode
Stage 7Tommy1 episode
1957Men of AnnapolisWesley Edmont1 episode
1958Tales of Wells FargoBud Crawford1 episode
1959The MillionaireNellis1 episode
1960Hawaiian EyeBrad Finley1 episode
Hotel de PareeTad Frisbee1 episode
Wanted: Dead or AliveDaniel Trenner1 episode
1960–1963Naked CityDetective Adam Flint99 episodes
1963The LieutenantCaptain Thomson1 episode
1964The Great AdventureCaptain Richard Pratt1 episode
Combat!Sgt. O'Neill1 episode
Slattery's PeopleDr. Robert Harrison1 episode
1964–196712 O'Clock HighColonel Joseph Anson Gallagher48 episodes
1970Crowhaven FarmBen PorterTelevision movie
1972The RookiesNeil MontgomeryTelevision movie
1973The New Adventures of Perry MasonHerbert Newton1 episode
ShaftElliot Williamson1 episode
1974Police WomanJoe Fenner1 episode
Harry OPhilip Ballinger1 episode
MannixAnderson1 episode
1975McMillan & WifeLes Walker1 episode
1976PetrocelliJohn Fleming1 episode
Starsky and HutchLt. Ted Cameron1 episode
1977Little Ladies of the NightFrank AtkinsTelevision movie
1978What Really Happened to the Class of '65?McDonald1 episode
1979The Littlest HoboAndy McClelland1 episode
1980Charlie's AngelsClifford Burke1 episode
Trapper John, M.D.Dr. Malcolm1 episode
1981Vega$Raymond Green1 episode
1983T. J. HookerCapt. Frank Medavoy1 episode
1984The Red-Light StingBrockelhurstTelevision movie
1985Finder of Lost LovesRichard Foster1 episode
Murder, She WroteHerbert Upton1 episode
1986Hot ShotsNicholas Broderick13 episodes
1988Cagney & LaceyWinston Prentiss1 episode
1990ColumboHorace Sherwin1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Burke, New Orleans-born actor, dies". The Times-Picayune. September 13, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Naked City actor Paul Burke dies", Laredo Morning Times, Laredo, Texas, September 14, 2009, p. 9A
  3. ^ Dennis, McLellan (September 15, 2009). "Paul Burke dies at 83; actor starred in gritty TV show 'Naked City'". latimes.com. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "New Orleans Official Denies Aiding Gambler". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 22, 1989. 
  5. ^ "Lyn Burke". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 

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