Fast Facts

  • Honed his acting skills at the Pasadena Playhouse.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1941's Crazy With the Heat.
  • Was signed by RKO as a contract player and made his film debut in the 1946 Claudette Colbert-John Wayne comedy Without Reservations.
  • Became known for playing the heavy in film-noir pictures, such as Desperate and Raw Deal, before being cast as a prosecutor in 1951's A Place in the Sun.
  • Won the Perry Mason lead role over Fred MacMurray and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.; when the series ended in 1966, was the highest paid actor on TV, making $18,500 per episode.
  • Established Raymond Burr Vineyards in California's Dry Creek Valley.

Awards

  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead): Winner
  • 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1960, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Series: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • James Edmond Burr — Brother
  • Minerva Burr — Mother
  • Robert Benevides — Significant Other
  • Isabella Ward — Ex-wife
  • William Burr — Father
  • Geraldine Burr Fuller — Sister

Details

  • Birth Name: Raymond William Stacy Burr
  • Birth Place: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • Birthday: May 21, 1917, Taurus
  • Died: September 12, 1993
  • Profession: Actor
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