Paul Burke (actor)
1965 photo of Burke as Joe Gallagher in Twelve O'Clock High
Paul Raymond Burke|
July 21, 1926
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
September 13, 2009 (aged 83)|
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Pasadena Playhouse|
Alice Wikan (m. 1946–1972)|
Lyn Peters (m. 1979–2009)
From first marriage:|
Paula Burke Lopez
Paul Brian Burke
Dina Burke Shawkat
Stepson: Karl Steiner (died 1989)
|Relatives||Alia Shawkat (granddaughter)|
Paul Raymond 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 Santa Maria (Palermo) and 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.
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 The Lone Ranger, 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 Twelve O'Clock High between 1964 and 1967, during which time he met his wife, Lyn. The Twelve 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 bank 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. They were both acquitted of the charges.
Later years and death
Burke was the grandfather of actress Alia Shawkat, whose mother is Burke's daughter, Dina. He retired from acting in the early 1990s. Suffering from leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, he died at his home in Palm Springs, California, aged 83. His second wife, Lyn Peters, died in Palm Springs on September 10, 2013, at the age of 72.
|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||Daddy's Gone A-Hunting||Jack Byrnes|
|1969||Once You Kiss a Stranger||Jerry|
|1970||Guerilla Strike Force||Bob Reynolds||Alternative title: Maharlika|
|1975||Psychic Killer||Lt. Jeff Morgan|
|1978||Wild and Wooly||Tobias Singleton||TV Movie|
|1955||Big Town||Gardiner||1 episode|
|Navy Log||Sparks||1 episode|
|Highway Patrol||Trooper #2217||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 & Hutch||Lt. Ted Cameron||2 episodes|
|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|
|1982–1984; 1987–1988||Dynasty||Neal McVane||Recurring|
|1983||T. J. Hooker||Capt. Frank Medavoy||1 episode|
|1984||The Red-Light Sting||Brockelhurst||Television movie|
|Santa Barbara||C. C. Capwell||21 episodes|
|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|
- U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
- "Paul Burke, New Orleans-born actor, dies". The Times-Picayune. September 13, 2009. Archived from the original on September 17, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "Naked City actor Paul Burke dies", Laredo Morning Times, Laredo, Texas, September 14, 2009, p. 9A
- Dennis, McLellan (September 15, 2009). "Paul Burke dies at 83; actor starred in gritty TV show 'Naked City'". latimes.com. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
- "New Orleans Official Denies Aiding Gambler". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 22, 1989.
- Fox, Margalit (September 16, 2009). "Paul Burke, Actor Who Starred in TV's 'Naked City,' Is Dead at 83". Nytimes.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
- "Lyn Burke". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved September 21, 2013.