Paul Burke (actor)
1965 photo of Burke as Joe Gallagher in Twelve O'Clock High
July 21, 1926|
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
|Died||September 13, 2009
Palm Springs, California, US
|Years active||1951 – 1990|
|Spouse(s)||Peggy Pryor (19??–19??)
Lyn Peters (1979-2009; his death)
|Relatives||Granddaughter, actress Alia Shawkat|
Paul Burke (July 21, 1926 – September 13, 2009) 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.
Life and career 
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. 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.
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. 
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.
Later years and death 
Selected filmography 
|1952||Francis Goes to West Point||Sergeant Swazey||Uncredited|
|1953||South Sea Woman||Ensign at court-martial|
|1955||Francis in the Navy||Tate|
|1956||Screaming Eagles||Cpl. Dreef|
|1957||The Disembodied||Tom Maxwell|
|1964||Della||Barney Stafford||Alternative title: Fatal Confinement|
|1967||Valley of the Dolls||Lyon Burke|
|1968||The Thomas Crown Affair||Lt. Eddy Malone|
|1969||Once You Kiss a Stranger...||Jerry|
|1970||Guerilla Strike Force||Bob Reynolds||Alternative title: Maharlika|
|1990||The Fool||Paul Brooke|
|1955||Big Town||Gardiner||1 episode|
|Navy Log||Sparks||1 episode|
|Stage 7||Tommy||1 episode|
|1957||Men of Annapolis||Wesley Edmont||1 episode|
|1958||Tales of Wells Fargo||Bud Crawford||1 episode|
|1959||The Millionaire||Nellis||1 episode|
|1960||Hawaiian Eye||Brad Finley||1 episode|
|Hotel de Paree||Tad Frisbee||1 episode|
|Wanted: Dead or Alive||Daniel Trenner||1 episode|
|1960–1963||Naked City||Detective Adam Flint||99 episodes|
|1963||The Lieutenant||Captain Thomson||1 episode|
|1964||The Great Adventure||Captain Richard Pratt||1 episode|
|Combat!||Sgt. O'Neill||1 episode|
|Slattery's People||Dr. Robert Harrison||1 episode|
|1964–1967||12 O'Clock High||Colonel Joseph Anson Gallagher||48 episodes|
|1970||Crowhaven Farm||Ben Porter||Television movie|
|1972||The Rookies||Neil Montgomery||Television movie|
|1973||The New Adventures of Perry Mason||Herbert Newton||1 episode|
|Shaft||Elliot Williamson||1 episode|
|1974||Police Woman||Joe Fenner||1 episode|
|Harry O||Philip Ballinger||1 episode|
|1975||McMillan & Wife||Les Walker||1 episode|
|1976||Petrocelli||John Fleming||1 episode|
|Starsky and Hutch||Lt. Ted Cameron||1 episode|
|1977||Little Ladies of the Night||Frank Atkins||Television movie|
|1978||What Really Happened to the Class of '65?||McDonald||1 episode|
|1979||The Littlest Hobo||Andy McClelland||1 episode|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Clifford Burke||1 episode|
|Trapper John, M.D.||Dr. Malcolm||1 episode|
|1981||Vega$||Raymond Green||1 episode|
|1983||T. J. Hooker||Capt. Frank Medavoy||1 episode|
|1984||The Red-Light Sting||Brockelhurst||Television movie|
|1985||Finder of Lost Loves||Richard Foster||1 episode|
|Murder, She Wrote||Herbert Upton||1 episode|
|1986||Hot Shots||Nicholas Broderick||13 episodes|
|1988||Cagney & Lacey||Winston Prentiss||1 episode|
|1990||Columbo||Horace Sherwin||1 episode|
- "Paul Burke, New Orleans-born actor, dies". The Times-Picayune. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-09-13.[dead link]
- "Naked City actor Paul Burke dies", Laredo Morning Times, Laredo, Texas, September 14, 2009, p. 9A
- Dennis, McLellan (2009-09-15). "Paul Burke dies at 83; actor starred in gritty TV show 'Naked City'". latimes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- "New Orleans Official Denies Aiding Gambler". Associated Press, December 22, 1989
- Paul Burke at the Internet Movie Database
- Paul Burke at AllRovi
- "Star With a Wall Around Him," TV Guide, May 1962
- Fox, Margalit. "Paul Burke, 'Naked City' Star, Dies at 83", The New York Times, Wednesday, September 16, 2009.