Raymond Burr

Actor, Art gallery owner, Orchid grower
A commanding, heavy-set player, Raymond Burr first made an impression in vicious roles in the Anthony Mann films noir, "Desperate" (1947) and "Raw Deal" (1948). With his dark hair, prominent eyebrows and stern voice ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving Salvation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Delirious 1991 (Movie)

Carter Hedison (Actor)

Kootenai Brown 1991 (Movie)

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Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial By Jury 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

55th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Case of the Courtroom Legend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cape Horn: Waters of the Wind 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Unsolved Mysteries (01/20/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Haiti: Waters of Sorrow 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Gojira 1985 (Movie)

Steve Martin (Actor)

Eischied 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Out of the Blue 1982 (Movie)

Dr Brean (Actor)

The 13th Day: The Story of Esther 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Kingston: Confidential 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Tomorrow Never Comes 1977 (Movie)

Burke (Actor)

Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Ironside 1967 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep U.S. Beautiful 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

P.J. 1968 (Movie)

William Orbison (Actor)

Ironside 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Desire in the Dust 1960 (Movie)

Colonel Ben Marquand (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Emmy Awards 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Host

Undercurrent 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Affair in Havana 1957 (Movie)

Mallabee (Actor)

Crime of Passion 1957 (Movie)

Inspector Tony Pope (Actor)

A Cry in the Night 1956 (Movie)

Loftus (Actor)

Godzilla 1956 (Movie)

Steve Martin (Actor)

Great Day in the Morning 1956 (Movie)

Jumbo Means (Actor)

The Brass Legend 1956 (Movie)

Tris Hatten (Actor)

A Man Alone 1955 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Count Three and Pray 1955 (Movie)

Yancey Huggins (Actor)

You're Never Too Young 1955 (Movie)

Noonan (Actor)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

Bragadin (Actor)

Gorilla at Large 1954 (Movie)

Cyrus Miller (Actor)

Passion 1954 (Movie)

Captain Rodriguez (Actor)

Rear Window 1954 (Movie)

Lars Thorwald (Actor)

The Blue Gardenia 1953 (Movie)

Harry Prebble (Actor)

Horizons West 1952 (Movie)

Cord Hardin (Actor)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

Nick Ferraro (Actor)

M 1951 (Movie)

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A Place in the Sun 1950 (Movie)

Frank Marlowe (Actor)

Abandoned 1949 (Movie)

Kerric (Actor)

Love Happy 1948 (Movie)

Alphonse Zoto (Actor)

Ruthless 1948 (Movie)

Pete Vendig (Actor)

Station West 1948 (Movie)

Mark Bristow (Actor)

Without Reservations 1946 (Movie)

Paul Gill (Actor)

Black Magic (Movie)

Alexandre Dumas, Jr. (Actor)

Bride of the Gorilla (Movie)

Barney Chavez (Actor)

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate (Movie)

Walt Radak (Actor)

Disaster on the Coastliner (TV Show)

Actor

Fighting Father Dunne (Movie)

Prosecuting Attorney (Actor)

Grass Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Key to the City (Movie)

Les Taggart (Actor)

Kingston: The Power Play (TV Show)

Actor

Love's Savage Fury (TV Show)

Actor

Mallory (Movie)

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Mara Maru (Movie)

Brock Benedict (Actor)

Meet Danny Wilson (Movie)

Nick Driscoll (Actor)

New Mexico (Movie)

Pvt. Anderson (Actor)

Perry Mason (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Mason Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Peter and Paul (TV Show)

Actor

Red Light (Movie)

Nick Cherney (Actor)

Sleep, My Love (Movie)

Lt. Strake (Actor)

Split Second to an Epitaph (TV Show)

Actor

Tarzan and the She-Devil (Movie)

Vargo (Actor)

The Adventures of Don Juan (Movie)

Captain Alvarez (Actor)

The Bastard (TV Show)

Narrator

The Jordan Chance (TV Show)

Actor

The Night the City Screamed (TV Show)

Actor

The Priest Killer (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Ironside (TV Show)

Actor

Unmasked (Movie)

Roger Lewis (Actor)

Walk a Crooked Mile (Movie)

Krebs (Actor)

Biography

A commanding, heavy-set player, Raymond Burr first made an impression in vicious roles in the Anthony Mann films noir, "Desperate" (1947) and "Raw Deal" (1948). With his dark hair, prominent eyebrows and stern voice, Burr made an ideal villain. An economical actor, he brought an aura of authority to many of his best roles, whether it be the attorney prosecuting Montgomery Clift in "A Place in the Sun" (1951) or the white-haired, methodical murderer Lars Thorwald in Alfred Hitchcock's masterful "Rear Window" (1954).

Relationships

Robert Benevides

Companion
also business associate of Burr's met in 1955 and remained a couple until Burr's 1993 death

William Burr

Father
born c. 1889 married Burr's mother in 1914 abandoned family when they moved to California in 1923 divorced remarried Minerva Burr in 1955 died at age 96 in 1985

Minerva Burr

Mother
born on April 2, 1892 originally from Chicago moved to Canada with family where she met William Burr whom she married in 1914 persuaded husband to move to California in 1923 so she could pursue a career in music divorced when husband wanted to return to Canada remarried former husband in 1955 died of cancer in January 1974 at age 81

James Burr

Brother
younger deceased

Geraldine Fuller

Sister
younger

Isabella Ward

Wife
appeared together in a play at Pasadena Playhouse married in 1947 marriage annulled after three months

EDUCATION

San Rafael Military Academy

San Rafael , California
left school because of taunts from classmates over his weight

took correspondence courses

Milestones

1993

Reprised the role of Robert T Ironside on the TV-movie, "The Return of Ironside"

1993

Finished location work on the Perry Mason mystery TV-movie, "The Case of the Killer Kiss" one month prior to his death

1991

Last feature films, "Delirious" and "Kootenai Brown"

1985

Reprised the role of Perry Mason in the first of more than two dozen TV-movies, "Perry Mason Returns" (NBC)

1985

Reprised role in the remake/sequel "Godzilla 1985/Gojira"

1978

Returned to feature films after a ten-year absence with a role in "Tomorrow Never Comes"

1977

Played editor R B Kingston on the short-lived NBC drama series, "Kingston: Confidential"

1968

Returned to feature films with a role in "P.J."

1965

Purchased own resort island in Fiji

1960

Last feature film for eight years, "Desire in the Dust"

1957

Had signature role of the successful defense attorney in the popular CBS courtroom drama "Perry Mason"; won two Emmy Awards

1957

Portrayed a cop investigating a "Crime of Passion"

1956

Played first leading roles in films in "Please Murder Me", "The Secret of Treasure Mountain" and the US release version of "Godzilla"

1954

Played perhaps most famous feature film role as the wife killer in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window"

1951

Portrayed the prosecuting attorney in "A PLace in the Sun"

1946

Film debut in "Without Reservations", a comedy starring Claudette Colbert and John Wayne

1944

Hired by RKO as a contract player; first met Barbara Hale (date approximate)

1943

Had modest success in the Broadway play "Duke in Darkness"; spotted by agent who signed him and arranged a screen test

1940

Broadway debut in "Crazy with the Heat"

1923

Moved to California so mother could pursue career in music; father disliked living there and returned to Canada after parents' divorce; lived with maternal grandparents who owned and operated a hotel in Vallejo

Played wheelchair-bound chief of detectives Robert T Ironside on the popular NBC drama "Ironside"

During the 1950s acted in anthology drama series such as "Playhouse 90", "Climax!", "Counterpoint" and "Ford Television Theater"

During the Depression, worked for government agencies

Hosted the syndicated docudrama series "Trial by Jury", in which court cases were acted out

Began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse

Born in small town in Canada

Played Herman Bockweiss on the noted 12-part NBC miniseries, "Centennial"

Formed Harbor Productions

Bonus Trivia

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In an effort to protect his privacy, Burr often told stories to the press that were outright fabrications. To wit, he claiimed to have been married three times: to a Scottish actress named Annette Sutherland who died in a plane crash, to Isabella Ward (to whom he was married for three months in 1947) and to Andrina Laura Morgan who died of cancer. Burr's own family disputes the existance of wives number one and three as well as the son Michael who was said to have died in 1953 at age 10. In addition, Burr claimed to have attended Stanford and Columbia universities when he never formally attended college. He also spun the stories that his family lived in China during his early youth (when in fact they didn't leave Canada until 1923) and that he served in the US Navy as an intelligence officer during WWII, was wounded in 1943 and was awarded the Purple Heart. There is no record of any military service for him.

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From 1965 until 1985, Burr maintained a home on one of the Fiji Islands, where he ran a successful copra plantation and cultivated rare orchids.

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In the 1980s, he established the Raymond Burr Vineyards in Sonoma County, California.

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