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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 »

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Perry Mason
Perry Mason Perry Mason / Grimes
Ironside Robert T. Ironside / Carlton Duffy
Rear Window
Rear Window Lars Thorwald
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 1992 Grass Roots (TV Movie)
Judge Boggs
 1991 Delirious
Carter Hedison
 1991 Showdown at Williams Creek
The Judge
 1985 Perry Mason Returns (TV Movie)
Perry Mason
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
The Judge
 1981 Peter and Paul (TV Movie)
Herod Agrippa I
 1980 The Return
Dr. Kramer
 1980 The Night the City Screamed (TV Movie)
 1980 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (TV Movie)
Jonash Sabastian
 1980 Out of the Blue
Dr. Brean
 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)
 1978 Tomorrow Never Comes
 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 P.J.
William Orbison
 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
 1960 Desire in the Dust
Col. Ben Marquand
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Charles Bent / Lester Friedman
- Lone Woman (1957) ... Charles Bent
- The Greer Case (1957) ... Lester Friedman
 1957 Affair in Havana
 1957 The Web (TV Series)
- No Escape (1957) ... George
 1957 Undercurrent (TV Series)
- No Escape (1957) ... George
 1957 Crime of Passion
Police Inspector Anthony (Tony) Pope
 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
 1956 Ride the High Iron
Ziggy Moline
 1956 The Brass Legend
Tris Hatten
 1954-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Dan Reynolds / Colby / Major Blakestone
- The Web (1955) ... Colby
- Shall Not Perish (1954) ... Major Blakestone
 1956 Secret of Treasure Mountain
Cash Larsen
 1956 Great Day in the Morning
Jumbo Means
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- 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)
- The Lone Hand (1956) ... Jud
- Arizona Ames (1956)
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
 1955 A Man Alone
 1955 Count Three and Pray
Yancey Huggins
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Sutton
- The Ordeal of Dr. Sutton (1955) ... Dr. Sutton
 1954 They Were So Young
Jaime Coltos
 1954 Passion
Captain Rodriguez
 1954 Thunder Pass
 1954 Khyber Patrol
Capt. Ahmed Shir
 1954 Gorilla at Large
Cy Miller
 1954 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
- Murder for Sale (1954) ... Charles
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Room (1953) ... Gonzales
 1953 Fort Algiers
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- No Escape (1953)
 1953 The Blue Gardenia
Harry Prebble
 1953 Bandits of Corsica
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
 1951-1953 Family Theatre (TV Series)
Peter / Balthazar / Simon the Cyrenean
- Triumphant Hour (1953) ... Peter
 1952 Horizons West
Cord Hardin
 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 Mara Maru
Brock Benedict
 1952 Rebound (TV Series)
- 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 Meet Danny Wilson
Nick Driscoll alias Joe Martell
 1951 FBI Girl
 1951 The Magic Carpet
Grand Vizier Boreg al Buzzar
 1951 Bride of the Gorilla
Barney Chavez
 1951 The Whip Hand
Steve Loomis
 1951 His Kind of Woman
Nick Ferraro
 1951 New Mexico
Private Anderson
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
The Wrestler
- Big Hello (1951) ... The Wrestler
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- Prison Doctor (1951)
 1951 M
 1950 The Amazing Mr. Malone (TV Movie)
 1950 Key to the City
Les Taggart
 1950 Unmasked
Roger Lewis
 1949 Love Happy
Alphonse Zoto
 1949 Abandoned
 1949 Red Light
Nick Cherney
 1948 Adventures of Don Juan
Captain Alvarez
 1948 Walk a Crooked Mile
 1948 Station West
Mark Bristow
 1948 Pitfall
J.B. MacDonald
 1948 Raw Deal
Rick Coyle
 1948 Fighting Father Dunne
Prosecuting Attorney in Montage (uncredited)
 1948 Ruthless
Pete Vendig
 1948 I Love Trouble
 1947 Desperate
Walt Radak
 1947 Code of the West
Boyd Carter
 1946 San Quentin
Jeff Torrance
 1946 Without Reservations
Paul Gill (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Radio: Played "Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry", on CBS Radio's "Fort Laramie". See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Ray Burr


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[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 »


Suffered eye strain from always having to look upwards while in a wheelchair on the Ironside (1967) set. See more »


Heavyset stature. See more »



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