The Naked City star passed away on Sunday (13Sep09) at his Palm Springs, California home following a battle with leukaemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Burke enjoyed a TV career spanning 40 years, but made his name in gritty crime show Naked City, for which he was nominated for two Emmy awards. He also had recurring roles in Dynasty and 12 O’Clock High.
As well as notable small screen work, Burke appeared in a string of hit movies, starring opposite Steve McQueen in 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair and a lead role in Valley of the Dolls.
Burke is survived by his wife Lyn and three children from his first marriage.