76 (passed away Sep. 12th, 1993)
May. 21st, 1917
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
6' 1 1/2"
Raymond Burr's Main TV 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 attended Stanford, Columbia and Chungking universities.
- After he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, he refused to undergo surgery so that he could star in his final 2 TV movies: _The Return of Ironside (1993) (TV)_ (qv) and _Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (1993) (TV)_ (qv).
- Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).
- He was the director of the Pasadena Community Playhouse before entering the Navy in World War II.
- 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 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.
- Before dying from cancer, he threw some grand parties to say farewell to many of his friends.
- Interred at Fraser Cemetery, New Westminister, British Columbia, Canada.