James Burke

James Burke

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Clock (1948)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

Birthday: Sep 24, 1886

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor James Burke not only had the Irish face and brogueish voice of a New York detective, but even his name conjured up images of a big-city flatfoot. In Columbia's Ellery Queen series of the late 1930s and early 1940s, Burke was cast exquisitely to type as the thick-eared Sergeant Velie, who referred to the erudite Queen as "Maestro." Burke also showed up as a rural law enforcement officer in such films as Nightmare Alley (1947), in which he has a fine scene as a flint-hearted sheriff moved to tears by the persuasive patter of carnival barker Tyrone Power. One of the best of James Burke's non-cop performances was as westerner Charlie Ruggles' rambunctious, handlebar-mustached "pardner" in Ruggles of Red Gap (135), wherein Burke and Ruggles engage in an impromptu game of piggyback on the streets of Paris.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Mountain Runners Director 2012
No Score Yet Apollo 11: A Night to Remember Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Day the Universe Changed Actor 1985
No Score Yet Connections 3 Actor 1979
No Score Yet Connections 2 Actor 1979
No Score Yet Connections 1 Actor 1978
40% The Hallelujah Trail Actor 1965
80% Geronimo Actor 1962
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Charlie 1959
No Score Yet The Unholy Wife Sheriff Wattling 1957
No Score Yet You're Never Too Young Pullman conductor 1955
No Score Yet Lucky Me Mahoney 1954
No Score Yet Arrowhead Actor 1953
No Score Yet We're Not Married Master Sgt. Nuckols 1952
No Score Yet Lone Star Luther Kilgore 1952
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman Barkeep 1951
60% Here Comes the Groom Policeman 1951
No Score Yet Warpath Old Timer 1951
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Gregory 1951
No Score Yet Denver & Rio Grande Sheriff Masters 1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon Jeb Bassett 1950
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game Cop in Park 1949
No Score Yet June Bride Luke Potter 1948
100% The Big Clock Building Cop 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Policeman 1948
100% Body and Soul Arnold 1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth Kelly 1947
100% Nightmare Alley Town Marshal 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Callahan 1947
No Score Yet California Pokey 1946
No Score Yet The Virginian Andy Jones 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Carrick 1946
No Score Yet I Love a Bandleader Gibley 1945
67% The Horn Blows at Midnight Cliffside Park Policeman 1945
62% Anchors Aweigh Studio Cop 1945
No Score Yet Casanova Brown O'Leary 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Bill the Intern Guard 1943
No Score Yet A Night to Remember Pat Murphy 1942
No Score Yet Great Guy Patrick James Aloysius 'Pat' Haley 1942
No Score Yet It Happened in Flatbush Shaunnessy 1942
100% My Favorite Blonde Union Secretary 1942
100% The Maltese Falcon Luke 1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby Callahan 1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold Lt. Grady 1941
No Score Yet Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Sgt. Velie 1941
No Score Yet Little Nellie Kelly Sgt. McGowan 1940
No Score Yet No Time for Comedy Sergeant 1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Wilkie, House Detective 1940
No Score Yet The Saint Takes Over Mike 1940
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh Frisco 1940
No Score Yet Buck Benny Rides Again Taxi Driver 1940
100% Beau Geste Lt. Dufour 1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Sheriff Burlingame 1939
100% At the Circus John Carter 1939
100% Dodge City Cattle Auctioneer 1939
No Score Yet The Saint Strikes Back Secretary 1939
No Score Yet The Cisco Kid and the Lady Pop Saunders 1939
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol Flaherty, the Motorcycle Driver 1938
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Sgt. Sullivan 1938
No Score Yet The Affairs of Annabel Muldoon 1938
93% You Can't Take It With You Detective 1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living Mac 1938
No Score Yet Men with Wings J.A. Nolan 1938
91% Dead End Mulligan 1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Stackpole 1937
No Score Yet Champagne Waltz Mr. Scribner 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Detective Nolan 1937
No Score Yet The Perfect Specimen Snodgrass 1937
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range Wabash 1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine Leader 1936
No Score Yet Klondike Annie Bartender 1936
No Score Yet Old Hutch Teller 1936
No Score Yet Call of the Wild Ole 1935
No Score Yet Make a Million Pete 1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap Jeff Tuttle 1935
No Score Yet Rumba Reporter 1935
No Score Yet Mississippi Passenger in Pilot House 1935
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze Patrolman 1935
No Score Yet So Red the Rose Maj. Rushton 1935
No Score Yet The Mystery Man Managing Editor Marvin 1935
No Score Yet Here Comes Cookie Broken-Nose Reilly 1935
100% It's a Gift Iceman 1934
No Score Yet Lady by Choice Sgt. Brannigan 1934
88% The Scarlet Empress Guard 1934
100% Treasure Island George Merry 1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw Gargan 1934
100% Little Miss Marker Detective Reardon 1934
86% Twentieth Century Chicago Detective 1934
No Score Yet The Merry Frinks Actor 1934
No Score Yet Gambling Lady Detective 1934
98% It Happened One Night Detective 1934
No Score Yet Six of a Kind Sparks 1934
No Score Yet The Girl From Missouri (100 Per Cent Pure) (Born to Be Kissed) Policeman 1934
No Score Yet Ticket to a Crime Detective Lt. McGinnis 1934
No Score Yet Torch Singer (Broadway Singer) Actor 1933
83% The Kennel Murder Case Cop 1933
No Score Yet Tillie and Gus Juror 1933
No Score Yet To the Last Man Sheriff 1933
No Score Yet College Humor Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Recruiting Sergeant 1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer Hand-out 1933


No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Mr. Watson 1954


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