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Alfred Burke


Born - 28 February 1918, Peckham, London, England
Died - 16 February 2011

Long, lean-faced, brown-haired English actor who could convey shiftiness and world-weariness, and was often cast as villains in films until success as a shabby detective in TV's popular Public Eye won him a wider range of roles. After being invalided out of WW2 service, he remained a man of the theatre until his mid thirties, but then movies seized on his crumpled, lived-in looks and he began to appear regularly on the screen. Early films included The Small Back Room (1948), Father Brown (1954), The Constant Husband (1955), High Flight (1956), The Long Haul (1957), The Man Inside (1958), The Angry Silence (1959), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), The Pot Carriers (1962), Children of the Damned (1964) and Guns in the Heather (1969). After his success in Public Eye, which ran from 1965 to 1975, he appeared in one or two more serious film roles, such as One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (1971) and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 1980s, remaining with them for best part of two decades. His final film appearances came in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). He died from a chest infection.