Alfred Burke Movies and Career Information

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Feb 28, 1918

Alfred Burke (born 28 February 1918) is a British actor, best known for his portrayal of Frank Marker in the drama series Public Eye, which ran for ten years. Burke was born in Peckham, London, the son of Sarah Ann O'Leary and William Burke. He was educated at Leo Street Boy's School and Waltham Central School. He started work as a 14 year old office boy, working in a railway repair firm in the City of London after leaving school. Then onto being a Club Steward and working in a silk warehouse, he joined a local amateur dramatics group before moving to Morley College and winning a scholarship to RADA in 1937. His acting career started two years later at the Barn Theatre in Shere, Surrey. His London debut was at the Watergate Theatre where in a lean spell he worked in the kitchen. He worked with the Young and Old Vic and other companies, including working on "Sailor Beware" on stage. In films since the mid 1950s, Burke has built a solid reputation across a wide range of character roles, prominently in television. His tall, gangly frame and by turns intense or benevolent demeanour has enabled him to slip easily and dependably into a variety of characterisations. His acting career

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