76 (passed away Sep. 12th, 1993)
May. 21st, 1917
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
6' 1 1/2"
Raymond Burr's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- He taught drama at Columbia University.
- Had an art gallery on California's Rodeo Drive in the early '50s.
- His favorite hobby, later developed into a business, was cultivating orchids. Raymond developed one orchid which he named the 'Barbara Hale' (qv) Orchid.
- Raymond loved to cook and throw intimate dinner parties.
- Managed an island in Fiji where he raised copra and cattle.
- 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.
- His parents, Minerva & William Burr, were remarried in 1955, after 33 years of separation, from each other. Burr had been very close to them, during and after this.
- Left his $32-million estate solely to 'Robert Benevides (III)' (qv).