LOS ANGELES -- Walter Burke, a character actor who appeared in a dozen films and more than 200 television programs, including 'Perry Mason,' 'Bonanza' and 'Batman,' has died. He was 75.
Burke died of emphysema Aug. 4 at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in suburban Woodland Hills, it was learned this week.
Burke began his career in show business at age 9, when he first appeared on Broadway.
He moved to Hollywood in 1949 to work in 'All the King's Men,' and for the next 15 years, he appeared in such films as 'Wreck of the Mary Deare,' 'Let No Man Write My Epitaph' and 'The President's Analyst.'
Burke was perhaps best known for his roles in 'Perry Mason,' 'Bonanza,' 'Batman' and '77 Sunset Strip.'
Burke had been living and teaching acting in Pennsylvania since the 1970s, but often returned to Los Angeles to work.