Walter Lawrence Burke (August 25, 1908 – August 4, 1984) was an American character actor, of stage, film, and television of Irish descent. Usually cast as an Irishman or Englishman, his small stature, distinctive voice, and face made him easily recognizable in even the most minor of roles.
Began his career on the Broadway stage as a child actor. He appeared in plays such as "Up in Central Park" and "Major Barbara".
Had a horse ranch in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
Often cast as henchmen or Runyonesque gangsters.
Worked as an acting coach in the 1970's.