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, 'Michael J. Fox (I)' (qv) and 'Jim Carrey' (qv) head list of top Canadians in U.S. television compiled by Banff Television Festival, June 2002.
- He taught drama at Columbia University.
- Raymond loved to cook and throw intimate dinner parties.
- In 1990, not long before Burr grew ill with cancer, Raymond and Robert started to produce a vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley and their first vintage. The wine was bottled in November, 1992 and released after Burr's death in 1995.
- Longtime companion of 'Robert Benevides (III)' (qv). Benevides was a young actor Raymond met on the set of the original "Perry Mason". He was thirteen years Raymond's junior and had a small role in the sci-fi flick _The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)_ (qv) billed as Bob Benevedes.
- Before dying from cancer, he threw some grand parties to say farewell to many of his friends.
- 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.
- His parents were married in Canada in 1914, after they migrated from Chicago, Illinois.