Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr

76 (passed away Sep. 12th, 1993)
May. 21st, 1917
Born in
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
6' 1 1/2"

Raymond Burr's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Perry Mason TV Show
Perry Mason
Ironside TV Show
Centennial TV Show
The Andy Williams Show TV Show
The Andy Williams Show
Eischied TV Show
The Leslie Uggams Show TV Show
The Leslie Uggams Show
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters TV Show
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters
Celebrity Playhouse TV Show
Celebrity Playhouse
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show TV Show
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show

Main Movie Roles

1991 - Delirious
1982 - Airplane II: The Sequel
1978 - Tomorrow Never Comes
1957 - Crime of Passion
1957 - Affair in Havana
1956 - Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
1955 - A Man Alone
1954 - Rear Window
1953 - The Blue Gardenia
1951 - Bride of the Gorilla
1951 - His Kind of Woman
1951 - M
1951 - A Place in the Sun
1950 - Borderline
1949 - Abandoned
1949 - Love Happy
1949 - Red Light
1948 - Walk a Crooked Mile
1948 - Raw Deal
1948 - Ruthless
1948 - Adventures of Don Juan
1948 - I Love Trouble
1948 - Pitfall
1948 - Station West
1947 - Desperate
1946 - Without Reservations

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
The Devil
Sergeant Ben Gurnick
Robert Drayton
Malcolm Dwyer
Charles Bent
Doctor Alexander
Robert T. Ironside
[Complete List]


Born as Raymond 'William Stacy' Burr, 21 May 1917, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life travelling. While still young, his father moved his family to China, while the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents divorced; his mother then took him to Vallejo, California, where she raised him with the aid of his grandparents. As he got older, Burr began to take jobs to support his mother, younger sister and younger brother. He took jobs as a ranch hand in Roswell, New Mexico; as a deputy sheriff; a photo salesman; and even as a singer in night clubs.

In World War Two, Burr served in the Navy. When in Okinawa, he was shot in the stomach and sent home. Soon after this, in 1946, Burr made his film debut in San Quentin (1946). From there, he went on to act in more than 90 films before landing the role of defense attorney "Perry Mason" (1957) in the series of the same name. Then, in 1993, after a battle with cancer that dated back to his days on "Perry Mason", Burr died on 12 September 1993 at his ranch home.

  • On October 1, 1993 a memorial service was held at the Pasadena Playhouse, the very same theatre that he had made his acting debut 50 years before. A director's chair with "RAYMOND BURR" placed in the centre stage played host to friends who paid tribute.
  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pages 84-85. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.
  • He had an interest in, and knowledge of, the cultivation and hybridization of orchids. He and partner of 35 years, 'Robert Benevides (III)' (qv), set up Sea God Nurseries, becoming in the 20-odd years of its life an international presence with ranges in Fiji, Hawaii, the Azores Islands and in Southern California. They were responsible for over 1,500 new orchids added to the world-wide catalogue.
  • Before dying from cancer, he threw some grand parties to say farewell to many of his friends.
  • His mother, Minerva Burr, died in 1974, at the age of 81 of cancer and father, William Burr, died in 1985, at the age of 96 of old age.
  • Was the original host of Unsolved Mysteries, hosting only its first special in January 1987. He was then briefly replaced by 'Karl Malden' (qv). However, both actors requested salaries that show producer John Cosgrove deemed astronomical. So by the time the show became a regular series in 1988, 'Robert Stack' (qv) had been hired as the permanent host.
  • He taught drama at Columbia University.
  • He was incredibly generous, giving most of his money to charities and sharing it with friends.

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