Walter Burke

Actor, Acting coach, Professor
Highly recognizable Irish-American character actor Walter Burke parlayed his slight frame and wizened face into numerous parts in films and television series of the 1950s and '60s. Born in Brooklyn to parents who had ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1908 in New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

The President's Analyst 2008 (Movie)

Henry Luxe (Actor)

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

J D (Actor)

Support Your Local Gunfighter 1971 (Movie)

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Chandler 1970 (Movie)

Zeno (Actor)

Support Your Local Sheriff 1969 (Movie)

Fred Johnson (Actor)

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Trouble 1967 (Movie)

Mate (Actor)

The Plainsman 1965 (Movie)

Abe Ireland (Actor)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

Main Bystander (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Gambler (Actor)

The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze 1962 (Movie)

Lory Filch (Actor)

The Wheeler Dealers 1962 (Movie)

Billy Joe (Actor)

Beauty and the Beast 1961 (Movie)

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Jack the Giant Killer 1961 (Movie)

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Let No Man Write My Epitaph 1960 (Movie)

Wart (Actor)

The Crimson Kimono 1959 (Movie)

Ziggy (Actor)

Never Love a Stranger 1958 (Movie)

Keough (Actor)

M 1951 (Movie)

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All the King's Men 1948 (Movie)

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Goodnight My Love (TV Show)

Actor

Murdock's Gang (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on the Run (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustler of Muscle Beach (TV Show)

Actor

Time Travelers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Highly recognizable Irish-American character actor Walter Burke parlayed his slight frame and wizened face into numerous parts in films and television series of the 1950s and '60s. Born in Brooklyn to parents who had emigrated from Ireland, he first acted on the stage, making his Broadway debut in "Dearest Enemy", and had a 20-year theatrical career before making the jump to the big screen, beginning with an uncredited part in Jules Dassin's gritty crime drama "The Naked City". He next landed what is arguably his most memorable part, as a bodyguard to corrupt politician Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) in the Academy Award-winning "All the King's Men". Though further supporting roles in film came along, Burke found much more work in TV in the years to follow, generally in guest spots on crime dramas or Westerns. He made repeat appearances in different parts on series such as "Perry Mason" and "77 Sunset Strip", and showed up in such late-'60s larks as "The President's Analyst" and "Support Your Local Sheriff!" As the work diminished in the '70s, he spent more time on his Pennsylvania horse ranch and taught drama at a local college.

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