Raymond Burr

Born May 21, 1917

Raymond William Stacey Burr was a Canadian actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. His early acting career included roles on Broadway, radio, television and in film, usually as the villain. He won two Emmy Awards in 1959 and 1961 for the role of Perry Mason, which he played for nine seasons between 1957 and 1966.… Read More

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1917 Birth Raymond William Stacy Burr was born May 21, 1917, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. … Read More


1934 17 Years Old …  In 1934 he joined a repertory theatre group in Toronto that toured throughout Canada, then joined another company that toured India, Australia and England. … Read More


1937 - 1940 2 More Events
1942 25 Years Old His first starring role on the stage came in November 1942, when he was an emergency replacement in a Pasadena Playhouse production of Quiet Wedding, directed by Lenore Shanewise. … Read More
1943 26 Years Old Burr was reportedly married at the beginning of World War II to a British actress named Annette Sutherland—killed, Burr said, in the same 1943 plane crash that claimed the life of actor Leslie Howard. … Read More
1946 29 Years Old Burr appeared in more than 50 feature films between 1946 and 1957, creating an array of villains that established him as an icon of film noir. … Read More


1948 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Burr married actress Isabella Ward (1919–2004) on January 10, 1948. … Read More
1951 - 1952 2 More Events
1955 38 Years Old Another marriage purportedly took place in the early 1950s to a Laura Andrina Morgan—who died of cancer, Burr said, in 1955. … Read More
In 1956 Burr was the star of CBS Radio's Fort Laramie, an adult Western drama produced, written and directed by the creators of Gunsmoke. … Read More


1959 42 Years Old Burr received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations and won the award in 1959 and 1961 for his performance as Perry Mason. … Read More


1967 50 Years Old The show, which ran from 1967 to 1975, earned Burr six Emmy nominations—one for the pilot and five for his work in the series—and two Golden Globe nominations.
1976 59 Years Old After Ironside went off the air, NBC failed in two attempts to launch Burr as the star of a new series. In a two-hour television movie format, Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence aired in February 1976 with Burr again in the role of the lawyer who outwits the district attorney. … Read More


1977 60 Years Old In 1977, Burr starred in the short-lived TV series Kingston: Confidential as R.B. Kingston, a William Randolph Hearst-esque publishing magnate, owner of numerous newspapers and TV stations, who, in his spare time, solved crimes along with a group of employees. … Read More
1985 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Burr was approached by producers Dean Hargrove and Fred Silverman to star in a made-for-TV movie, Perry Mason Returns.
1989 72 Years Old …  A character in a 1989 short story refers to Burr as "grossly overweight" in Ironside.
1991 74 Years Old As late as 1991, Burr stood by the account of his son's life and death; he told Parade magazine that when he realized Michael was dying, he took him on a one-year tour of the United States. "Before my boy left, before his time was gone," he said, "I wanted him to see the beauty of his country and its people." … Read More
By 1993, when Burr signed with NBC for another season of Mason films, he was using a wheelchair full-time because of his failing health. … Read More
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