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William Talman (1915–1968)


William Talman is best known for his role as Hamilton Burger, the district attorney who perpetually lost to Perry Mason in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Talman was an accomplished screenwriter and stage and screen actor, and appeared in numerous roles on television as a character actor from the mid-'50s until his death from lung ... See full bio »

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Known For

Perry Mason
Perry Mason Hamilton Burger / D.A. Hamilton Burger / District Attorney Hamilton Burger / Hamilton Berger
(1957-1966)
The Hitch-Hiker
The Hitch-Hiker Emmett Myers
(1953)
Armored Car Robbery
Armored Car Robbery Dave Purvis
(1950)
The Racket
The Racket Officer Bob Johnson
(1951)

Filmography

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 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Colonel Frank Griffith
- Quantity: Unknown (1967) ... Colonel Frank Griffith
 1967 The Ballad of Josie
District Attorney Charlie Lord
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Sheriff
- The Night of the Man-Eating House (1966) ... Sheriff
 1963 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Race Fallon
- Legends Don't Sleep (1963) ... Race Fallon
 1960-1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Sheriff / George Jondill
- Long Way Home (1961) ... Sheriff
- The Shooting of Jessie May (1960) ... George Jondill
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Jeff Conway
- To Become a Man (1958) ... Jeff Conway
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Herman Brule
- Disappearance (1958) ... Lt. Herman Brule
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Lieutenant Herman Brule
- Disappearance (1958) ... Lieutenant Herman Brule
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Walt Archer
- The Sarah Drummond Story (1958) ... Walt Archer
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Logan Beatty
- The Return of the Outlaw (1958) ... Logan Beatty
 1956-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Gene / Stan / Joe MacKenzie
- Scream in Silence (1958) ... Gene
- Dark Wall (1956) ... Stan
- Sit Down with Death (1956) ... Joe MacKenzie
 1957 Trackdown (TV Series)
Blaine Sand
- Like Father (1957) ... Blaine Sand
 1957 Hell on Devil's Island
Bayard
 1957 The Persuader
Matt Bonham / Mark Bonham
 1954-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Wheeler / Brad Ringer
- One Way Street (1957) ... Wheeler
- Pick of the Litter (1954) ... Brad Ringer
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Undetermined Role / Lew Reese
- The Sergeant Boyd Story (1956) ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
- Scio, Ohio (1956) ... Lew Reese
 1956 The Man Is Armed
Hackett
 1956 Uranium Boom
Grady Mathews
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Barney
- No. 5 Checked Out (1956) ... Barney
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Jock McLain
- South of Selangor (1955) ... Jock McLain
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Norman Conway
- The Water Maker (1955) ... Norman Conway
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Insurance Investigator
- Old Master Detective (1955) ... Insurance Investigator
 1955 Two-Gun Lady
Marshal Dan Corbin
 1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Wes Hardin
- The Texas Rangers (1955) ... Wes Hardin
 1955 Cavalier Theatre (TV Series)
Wes Hardin
- The Texas Rangers (1955) ... Wes Hardin
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Eddie
- Eddie's Place (1955) ... Eddie
 1955 Crashout
Luther Remsen / Swanee Rawlins / Reverend Remington
 1955 Smoke Signal
Capt. Harper
 1953 City That Never Sleeps
Hayes Stewart
 1952 One Minute to Zero
Col. John Parker
 1950 The Kid from Texas
Minninger
 1949 The Woman on Pier 13
Bailey
 1949 Red, Hot and Blue
Bunny Harris
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Co-starred with Jim Davis in a western pilot for CBS to be called "The Texas Rangers". See more »


Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Trivia:

Appears as district attorney Hamilton Burger, with Raymond Burr as lawyer Perry Mason, on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "Perry Mason" (1957), issued 11 August 2009. See more »

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