James Burke

Birthday
5, 1931
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Apr 13, 1996 (64)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
5, 1931
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Apr 13, 1996 (64)

About

Infamous for his key role in the Lufthansa cash and jewelry heist that occurred at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1978, Burke had ties to both the Lucchese and Bonanno crime families of New York City and was directly or indirectly involved in dozens of murders.

Before Fame

A ward of the foster care system, he suffered a traumatic childhood that involved all manner of abuse. In his early adulthood years, he was responsible for the murder of his wife's former boyfriend.

Trivia

Before being apprehended by police, Burke owned and operated a Queens bar called Robert's Lounge that was a popular gathering place for those involved in organized crime.

Family Life

Born James Conway, he was the child of Irishwoman Jane Conway. He and his wife Mickey raised children named Frankie and Catherine Burke.

Associated With

Burke was the inspiration for Robert De Niro 's "Jimmy The Gent Conway" character in the famous mafia-themed movie Goodfellas.