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James Burke

Born: Jul 5, 1931

Death: Apr 13, 1996

Birthplace: New York City

Nationality: United States

James Burke

Date of Birth : Jul 5, 1931
Date of Death : Apr 13, 1996
Birth Place : New York City

James Burke, also known as Jimmy the Gent, and The Irishman, was an American gangster and Lucchese crime family associate who is believed to have organized the 1978 Lufthansa heist, then the most lucrative cash theft in American history, and also believed to have either committed or orchestrated the murders of many of those involved in the months following. He is the father of small-time mobster and Lufthansa heist suspect, Frankie Burke, as well as of Jesse James Burke, Catherine Burke, and another unidentified daughter. Burke inspired the character "Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway", one of the main antagonists in the 1990 movie Goodfellas, played by Robert de Niro. He died of lung cancer within Roswell Park Cancer Institute, located in Buffalo, NY; medically transferred from Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, NY in 1996 while serving 20 years to life for murder in a New York State prison. He would have been eligible for parole in 2004.

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