Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr
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Raymond Burr in 1968
Born
Raymond William Stacy Burr

(1917-05-21)May 21, 1917
DiedSeptember 12, 1993(1993-09-12) (aged 76)
OccupationActor
Years active1934–1993
Spouse(s)Isabella Ward
(married 1948–1952)
Partner(s)Robert Benevides (1960–1993)

Raymond William Stacy Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian-American actor primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. He was prominently involved in multiple charitable endeavors, such as working on behalf of the United Service Organizations (USO).

Burr's early acting career included roles on Broadway, radio, television, and film, usually as the villain. His portrayal of the suspected murderer in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Rear Window (1954) is his best-known film role, although he is also remembered for his role in the 1954 Godzilla which he reprised in the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla. He won Emmy Awards for acting in 1959 and 1961 for the role of Perry Mason, which he played for nine seasons (1957–66) and reprised in a series of 26 Perry Mason TV movies (1985–93). His second TV series Ironside earned him six Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations.

Burr died of cancer in 1993, and his personal life came into question, as many details of his biography appeared to be unverifiable.[1] He was ranked number 44 of the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time by TV Guide magazine in 1996.

Early life

Raymond William Stacy Burr[1][2][3]:1 was born May 21, 1917, in New Westminster, British Columbia.[4] His father William Johnston Burr (1889–1985) was a hardware salesman;[5] his mother Minerva Annette (née Smith, 1892–1974) was a pianist and music teacher.[6]:4–5, 13

When Burr was six, his parents divorced. His mother moved to Vallejo, California, with him and his younger siblings Geraldine and James,[4] while his father remained in New Westminster. Burr briefly attended San Rafael Military Academy in San Rafael, California, and graduated from Berkeley High School.[6]:10–13

In later years, Burr freely invented stories of a happy childhood. In 1986, he told journalist Jane Ardmore that, when he was 12 years old, his mother sent him to New Mexico for a year to work as a ranch hand. He was already his full adult height and rather large and "had fallen in with a group of college-aged kids who didn't realize how young Raymond was, and they let him tag along with them in activities and situations far too sophisticated for him to handle". He developed a passion for growing things and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps for a year in his teens.[7] He did acting work in his teen years, making his stage debut at age 12 with a Vancouver stock company.[4]

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