William Talman
William Talman
William Whitney Talman, Jr. was an American television and movie actor, who played Los Angeles District Attorney Hamilton Burger in the long-running series Perry Mason.
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Lung Cancer Group Fights Stigma, Raises Awareness - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Two years later, the drawn and dying actor William Talman filmed a famous TV commercial warning viewers not to smoke like he did. In 1971, the government banned cigarette ads on radio and TV. Today, lung cancer doesn't have such a lofty profile anymore
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Ruined mansion still up for sale after six years - WalesOnline
Google News - over 5 years
It has late 17th or early 18th century additions attributed to architect and landscape gardener William Talman, who was a pupil of Wren's. But much of what survives is Soane's work. Mr Tree said given the property's heritage any new owner was certain
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Perry Mason Episodes - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
The series starred Raymond Burr as the title character, Barbara Hale as faithful secretary Della Street, William Hopper as private eye Paul Drake, William Talman as the exasperated prosecutor Hamilton Burger, and Ray Collins as police lieutenant Arthur
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Monday Trivia No. 15 - The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
Google News - over 5 years
... Dinah Shore, Phil Silvers, Red Skelton, Joel Elias Spingarn, Joseph Story, Ed Sullivan, William Talman, Mary Church Terrell, Vivian Vance, Oswald Garrison Villard, Jack Webb, and Walter Francis White were all honored posthumously in 2009. How?
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DVD; The Case Of the Canny Counsel
NYTimes - about 10 years
IN memory the old ''Perry Mason'' was campy and obvious. At the end of each hour Raymond Burr would rise commandingly from his courtroom chair and, with just a question or two and perhaps a peeved glare, elicit a detailed and tearful confession from a witness with more aptitude for murder than for perjury. Those Perry Mason moments are as awkward
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Home Video
NYTimes - over 19 years
Eschewing The Ordinary ''It's still a very brutal little film,'' Joe Kane said with the quiet assurance of a man who knows substantial movie brutality from splashier and emptier episodes on screen today. Mr. Kane was describing ''The Hitchhiker'' (1953), Ida Lupino's tough piece of noir about two vacationers (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) whose
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At the Bar; Raymond Burr's Perry Mason was fictional, but he was surely relevant and, oh, so competent.
NYTimes - over 23 years
Da-da, da-DA! Da-da, da-DUM-DUM! From the time the opening chords of its familiar theme song first sounded and a pensive figure could be seen sitting alone in an empty courtroom, lawyers have loved to patronize Perry Mason. With all the smugness of the initiated, they have carped about how unrealistic and simple-minded the program was. No defense
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Raymond Burr, Actor, 76, Dies; Played Perry Mason and Ironside
NYTimes - over 23 years
Raymond Burr, the burly, impassive actor who played the defense lawyer Perry Mason and the police detective Robert T. Ironside on television, died on Sunday at his ranch in Dry Creek Valley, near Healdsburg, Calif. He was 76. The cause was kidney cancer, said his doctor, Paul J. Marguglio. Mr. Burr started his career playing Hollywood heavies, most
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GETTY DOMINATES BRITISH SALE OF ART
NYTimes - over 32 years
The J. Paul Getty Museum of Malibu, Calif., carried off most of the major prizes at tonight's historic sale of old master drawings from the collection of the Duke of Devonshire. The sale raised $28.5 million - the largest amount ever realized at a British auction - and established more than a dozen new price records. More than $9.2 million was
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Talman
    FIFTIES
  • 1968
    Age 53
    Four weeks after filming the second public service announcement, Talman died on August 30, 1968, at the age of 53, and was buried in the Court of Liberty, lot 833, at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details His widow, Margaret "Peggy" Louise Talman, joined him there at the time of her death in January 2002, aged 73. After William Talman's death, she continued his antismoking efforts. Unfortunately, by a few years later, she had resumed smoking, and her cause of death was also lung cancer.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 48
    His third wife was Margaret Flanagan whom he married in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Margaret had a son (Steve) and daughter (Debbie) from a previous marriage. William and Margaret had two children: a son, Timothy, and a daughter, Susan. Widow Margaret Talman outlived Talman by nearly 34 years, until her death (also from lung cancer related to smoking) in January 2002, at age 73. Talman is also known for being the first actor in Hollywood to film an antismoking public service announcement for the American Cancer Society. A lifelong heavy smoker, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and knew he was dying when he filmed the commercial. The short film began with the words, "Before I die, I want to do what I can to leave a world free of cancer for my six children... " Talman requested that the commercial not be aired until after his death. He had made another such public service announcement, which opened with his voice-over and a picture of his home, followed by filmed shots of his wife and kids, then a still of himself "with a friend of mine you might recognize," Raymond Burr, from the Perry Mason TV series. He then said, "You know, I didn't really mind losing those courtroom battles, but I'm in a battle now I don't want to lose at all. Because if I lose it, it means losing my wife and those kids you just met. I've got lung cancer…So take some advice about smoking and losing from someone who's been doing both for years … If you don't smoke, don't start.
  • 1960
    Age 45
    Sheriff's deputies, suspicious of marijuana use, raided a party on March 13, 1960, in a private home in Beverly Hills at which Talman was a guest.
    More Details Hide Details The deputies reported finding Talman and seven other defendants either nude or seminude. All were arrested for possession of marijuana (which was later dropped) and lewd vagrancy, but municipal judge Adolph Alexander dismissed the lewd vagrancy charges against Talman and the others on June 17 for lack of proof. "I don’t approve of their conduct," the judge ruled, "but it is not for you and me to approve but to enforce the statutes." Despite this Talman was fired by CBS which refused to give a reason. Talman was later rehired after Perry Mason producer Gail Patrick Jackson made a request to CBS following a massive letter-writing campaign by viewers. Aside from his major supporting role in Perry Mason, Talman also guest-starred in various television series. He appeared in a first-season episode of The Invaders, "Quantity: Unknown". This was his last on-screen acting role before his death.
    Talman was fired from Perry Mason for a short period in 1960.
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    Talman had the title role in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor", when Burger disqualified himself from prosecuting a long-time personal friend, Jefferson Pike, who was accused of murder.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the episode after Pike was cleared by Mason, Burger said, "You know, I think I won this case."
  • 1958
    Age 43
    In 1958, a journalist asked Talman how he felt about Burger losing to Mason week after week.
    More Details Hide Details Talman said, "Burger doesn't lose. How can a district attorney lose when he fails to convict an innocent person? Unlike a fist or gun fight, in court you can have a winner without having a loser. As a matter of fact, Burger in a good many instances has joined Mason in action against unethical attorneys, lying witnesses, or any one else obstructing justice. Like any real-life district attorney, justice is Burger's main interest." Talman, as Burger, went on to lose all but three cases in the nine-year series, including a record two separate murder trials in the final episode. He called his record "the longest losing streak in history."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1953
    Age 38
    They married in 1953 and had one daughter, Barbie, and one son, William Whitney Talman III. The couple divorced on August 23, 1960.
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    In 1953, Talman played a sadistic, psychopathic killer in a movie directed by Lupino, the film noir The Hitch-Hiker.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times wrote, "William Talman, as the ruthless murderer, makes the most of one of the year's juiciest assignments." His performance was also noted by Gail Patrick Jackson, executive producer of the CBS-TV series Perry Mason (1957–66). Raymond Burr had initially auditioned for the role of Hamilton Burger, but Patrick encouraged him to lose 60 pounds and read for the lead role — which Burr successfully did. Patrick already had an actor in mind for the Los Angeles district attorney: "I'd seen a brilliant little movie, The Hitch-Hiker, and had to have Bill Talman as Burger — and he never disappointed us," Patrick said.
  • 1952
    Age 37
    In the 1952 film Beware, My Lovely, in which Ida Lupino played a war widow terrorized by a madman in her home, a photograph of Talman was used for the picture of her late, heroic husband.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 27
    Talman was married three times. His first wife was the actress Lynne Carter – their marriage lasted from just before Talman left for active service in 1942 to September 1952 and produced one daughter, Lynda.
    More Details Hide Details His second wife was actress Barbara Read.
    Talman served for 30 months in the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, beginning his service as a private on February 4, 1942, at Camp Upton in Yaphank, Long Island, New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He was ultimately commissioned a major during the war. Talman began his acting career on the stage. He was the leading man in the summer stock company at Ivoryton, Connecticut, where he met his first wife, and he played the male lead in Dear Ruth during part of the play's New York run. He appeared on Broadway in Beverly Hills, Spring Again and A Young Man's Fancy, and toured with the road companies of Yokel Boy and Of Mice and Men.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Age 0
    Born on February 4, 1915.
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