Marie Burke

Last updated

Marie Burke
SLNSW 7876 Two actresses Jean Hart Marie Burke.jpg
Burke (right) with actress Jean Hart
Marie Rosa Altfuldisch

(1894-10-18)18 October 1894
Died21 March 1988(1988-03-21) (aged 93)
Years active19171971
Spouse(s)Tom Burke
ChildrenPatricia Burke

Marie Burke (born Marie Rosa Altfuldisch, later Holt, 18 October 1894 21 March 1988) was an English actress of stage, cinema and television. [1] [2] She appeared in over 40 films between 1917 and 1971, and appeared in TV series between 1953 and 1969. [2]



Burke was born in London in 1894 to Rosa (née Underwood) and Ferdinand Altfuldisch (sometimes transcribed as Altfieldisch). The family changed their name to Holt during World War I.[ citation needed ]


Marie Burke was a British character comedian and trained as an operatic singer in Italy. [3] [4] She appeared in films in 1917, before making her stage debut in 1919. [5]

As a member of the Katja Company she was touring Australia in 1926 when she and her colleague, the tenor Warde Morgan, were seriously injured in the Aberdeen Rail Disaster. [6]

She met and married British operatic tenor Thomas Burke when they were both studying singing in Milan. They had one daughter, the actress and singer Patricia Burke, who was born in Milan. [7]

In 1929, Burke was a founding member of Equity.[ citation needed ]

Selected filmography

Television series

Related Research Articles

Allan Dwan American film director & screenwriter (1885–1981)

Allan Dwan was a pioneering Canadian-born American motion picture director, producer, and screenwriter.

At the end of each Major League Baseball season, the league leaders of various statistical categories are announced. Leading either the American League or the National League in a particular category is referred to as a title.

Fay Compton English actress (1894-1978)

Virginia Lilian Emmeline Compton-Mackenzie, CBE, known professionally as Fay Compton, was an English actress. She appeared in several films, and made many broadcasts, but was best known for her stage performances. She was known for her versatility, and appeared in Shakespeare, drawing room comedy, pantomime, modern drama, and classics such as Ibsen and Chekhov. In addition to performing in Britain, Compton appeared several times in the US, and toured Australia and New Zealand in a variety of stage plays.

Joseph Schildkraut Austrian-American actor

Joseph Schildkraut was an Austrian-American actor. He won an Oscar for his performance as Captain Alfred Dreyfus in the film The Life of Emile Zola (1937); later, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Otto Frank in the film The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and a Primetime Emmy for his performance as Rabbi Gottlieb in a 1962 episode of the television series Sam Benedict.

Jack Holt (actor) American actor (1888–1951)

Charles John "Jack" Holt, Jr. was an American motion picture actor in both silent and sound movies, particularly Westerns.

Bobby Howes Actor (1895–1972)

Bobby Howes was a British entertainer who was a leading musical comedy performer in London's West End theatres in the 1930s and 1940s.

Joseph Ruttenberg American cinematographer

Joseph Ruttenberg, A.S.C. was a Ukrainian-born American photojournalist and cinematographer.

Norbert Brodine American cinematographer

Nobert Brodine, also credited as Norbert F. Brodin and Norbert Brodin, was a film cinematographer. The Saint Joseph, Missouri-born cameraman worked on over 100 films in his career before retiring from film making in 1953, at which time he worked exclusively in television until 1960.

George Marshall (director) American actor, screenwriter, producer and film and television director

George E. Marshall was an American actor, screenwriter, producer, film and television director, active through the first six decades of film history.

Patrick Waddington

Patrick William Simpson Waddington was an English actor, educated at Gresham's School at Holt in Norfolk. He was born and died in York, England.

Isabel Jeans English actress (1891–1985)

Isabel Jeans was an English stage and film actress known for her roles in several Alfred Hitchcock films and her portrayal of Aunt Alicia in the 1958 musical film Gigi.

Philo McCullough American actor

Philo McCullough was an American actor. He appeared in more than 250 films between 1914 and 1969. He was born in San Bernardino, California, and died in Burbank, California.

Arnold Marlé German actor (1887–1970)

Arnold Marlé was a German actor who appeared largely in British films and television programmes.

Patricia Burke Burke, Patricia Rosa Moore (1916–2003), actress

Patricia Burke, was an English singer and actress in cinema, stage and TV. She was the daughter of actress Marie Burke and British operatic tenor Thomas Burke.


  1. "Marie Burke – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB".
  2. 1 2 "Marie Burke". BFI.
  3. McFarlane, Brian; Slide, Anthony (16 May 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Manchester University Press. ISBN   9781526111968 via Google Books.
  4. "Marie Burke | Theatricalia".
  5. "Marie Burke | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  6. The Brisbane Courier 27 August 1926.
  7. John D. Vose The Lancashire Caruso: the Life and Times of Tom Burke (1982), reviewed by Paul Morby in Record Collector, Vol. 28, 3&4, 1983, and see also the short article by F.S (Joe) Winstanley in the same issue.