Was nominated for an Emmy for 'Naked City'

Actor Paul Burke, who was Emmy nommed for his role in “Naked City,” died of leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma Sunday in Palm Springs.

Born in New Orleans, he was the son of boxer and nightclub owner Martin Burke. He left the Big Easy for Hollywood at age 19, studying at the Pasadena Playhouse. Burke began acting in television and in 1957 landed his first leading role on NBC’s live series “Noah’s Ark.” His early recurring roles came in series including “Harbormaster,” “Five Fingers” and “12 O’Clock High.”

In the early gritty early-1960s drama series “Naked City,” he played Detective Adam Flint. 

Burke often appeared on Aaron Spelling shows, playing characters such as Congressman Neal McVane, who framed Alexis for murder on “Dynasty.” Among his other guest roles were “Hawaii Five-O,” “Santa Barbara,” “Murder She Wrote” and “Fantasy Island.”

In feature films, he appeared in “Valley of the Dolls” “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting.”

Burke is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lyn, three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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