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Raymond Burr (1917–1993)


Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He and his mother moved to Vallejo, California, where ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Perry Mason
Perry Mason Perry Mason / Grimes
(1957-1966)
Ironside
Ironside Robert T. Ironside / Carlton Duffy
(1967-1975)
Rear Window
Rear Window Lars Thorwald
(1954)
Airplane II: The Sequel
(1982)

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 1992 Grass Roots (TV Movie)
Judge Boggs
 1985 Perry Mason Returns (TV Movie)
Perry Mason
 1981 Peter and Paul (TV Movie)
Herod Agrippa I
 1980 The Night the City Screamed (TV Movie)
Mayor
 1980 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (TV Movie)
Jonash Sabastian
 1979 The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1979 Disaster on the Coastliner (TV Movie)
Estes Hill
 1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
The Godfather
- The Mob Comes to Orly (1979) ... The Godfather
 1979 Eischied (TV Series)
Police Commissioner
- Only the Pretty Girls Die: Part 2 (1979) ... Police Commissioner
- Only the Pretty Girls Die: Part 1 (1979) ... Police Commissioner
 1979 Love's Savage Fury (TV Movie)
Lyle Taggart, Sr.
 1978 The Jordan Chance (TV Movie)
Frank Jordan
 1978 The Bastard (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue (TV Mini-Series)
Armand Perfido
- Part 3 (1977) ... Armand Perfido
- Part 2 (1977) ... Armand Perfido
- Part 1 (1977) ... Armand Perfido
 1963-1970 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Rick Santy / Man in Bathroom / pre main sketch skit / ...
- Freddie's Desperate Hour (1970) ... Rick Santy
- The Magic Act (1970) ... Man in Bathroom / pre main sketch skit (uncredited)
- Goodnight, Sour Prince (1963) ... King Richard
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
S.I.A. Bureau Chief
- A Thief Is a Thief (1968) ... S.I.A. Bureau Chief
 1967 Ironside (TV Movie)
Robert Ironside
 1960 Joyful Hour (TV Movie)
Roman Guard
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Charles Bent / Lester Friedman
- Lone Woman (1957) ... Charles Bent
- The Greer Case (1957) ... Lester Friedman
 1957 The Web (TV Series)
George
- No Escape (1957) ... George
 1957 Undercurrent (TV Series)
George
- No Escape (1957) ... George
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Sergeant Ben Gurnick / Philip Moran / Lieutenant Shea
- Savage Portrait (1956) ... Sergeant Ben Gurnick
- The Shadow of Evil (1956) ... Philip Moran
- The Sound of Silence (1956) ... Lieutenant Shea
 1954-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Dan Reynolds / Colby / Major Blakestone
- The Web (1955) ... Colby
- Shall Not Perish (1954) ... Major Blakestone
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
George
- No Escape (1956) ... George
 1954-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Drayton / Red Lefwick
- Man Without Fear (1956) ... Robert Drayton
- The Fugitives (1954) ... Red Lefwick
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Jud
- The Lone Hand (1956) ... Jud
- Arizona Ames (1956)
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Sutton
- The Ordeal of Dr. Sutton (1955) ... Dr. Sutton
 1954 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Charles
- Murder for Sale (1954) ... Charles
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Gonzales
- The Room (1953) ... Gonzales
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- No Escape (1953)
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
 1951-1953 Family Theatre (TV Series)
Peter / Balthazar / Simon the Cyrenean
- Triumphant Hour (1953) ... Peter
 1952 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
- Face Value (1952)
- The Leather Coat (1952)
- The Tiger (1952)
 1952 The Unexpected (TV Series)
Doctor Alexander
- The Magnificent Lie (1952) ... Doctor Alexander
- Merry-Go-Round (1952)
 1952 Rebound (TV Series)
Gomez
- The Wreck (1952) ... Gomez
- Joker's Wild (1952)
 1951 Dragnet (TV Series)
Deputy Chief Thad Brown
- The Human Bomb (1951) ... Deputy Chief Thad Brown (as Ray Burr)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
The Wrestler
- Big Hello (1951) ... The Wrestler
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- Prison Doctor (1951)
 1950 The Amazing Mr. Malone (TV Movie)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(10/17/49) Radio: Appeared (as "J.B. MacDonald") in a "Screen Directors Playhouse" broadcast of "Pitfall". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ray Burr

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[about his character in Perry Mason (1957)] Let's just say that the part isn't conducive to leisurely living the way I once knew it. I only hope that I can regain my own identity, once I decide that Perry Mason and myself have come to the parting of the road. Perry Mason has become a career for me . . . all I know is that I work, eat and sleep Perry Mason. See more »

Trivia:

On October 1, 1993, a memorial service was held at the Pasadena Playhouse. It was the very same theater in which Burr had made his acting debut 50 years before. A director's chair with his name on it, placed at center stage, played host to friends who paid tribute. See more »

Trademark:

Deep commanding voice. See more »

Nickname:

Ray

Star Sign:

Gemini

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