|Raymond Burr Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11½ in|
|Date of Birth||May 21, 1917|
|Date of Death||September 12, 1993|
Raymond Burr was a Canadian actor, director, theatre artist, and voice actor who is best known for playing the role of Perry Mason in the CBS legal drama series Perry Mason and Robert T. Ironside in the crime drama series Ironside. Moreover, his film credits include Serpent of the Nile, Black Magic, A Place in the Sun, M, A Cry in the Night, Godzilla 1985, and Out of the Blue.
Raymond William Stacy Burr
He was born on May 21, 1917.
On September 12, 1993, Raymond Burr died of liver cancer at the age of 76 in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California, United States.
Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Raymond Burr studied at San Rafael Military Academy in San Rafael, California for some time. He then got enrolled at Berkeley High School, a public high school in the Berkeley Unified School District.
Actor, Director, Theatre Artist, Voice Actor
- Father – William Johnston Burr (1889–1985; Hardware Salesperson)
- Mother – Minerva Annette (née Smith; 1892–1974) (A pianist and music teacher)
- Siblings – James Edmond Burr (Younger Brother), Geraldine Edmond (Younger Sister)
- Others – Joseph W. Burr (Paternal Grandfather), Mary Jane Johnston (Paternal Grandmother), William Herbert Smith (Maternal Grandfather), Anna Matilda Robinson (Maternal Grandmother), Bridget Burr (Niece)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he had a net worth of $15 Million.
5 ft 11½ in or 181.5 cm
90 kg or 198.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse
Raymond Burr dated –
- Debra Paget
- Phillip Reed – He had a fling with American actor Phillip Reed.
- Pier Angeli – He was also linked with Italian actor Pier Angeli.
- Isabella Ward (1948) – On January 10, 1948, he tied the knot with Isabella Ward and they appeared together on stage in a Pasadena Playhouse production based on the life of French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin in May 1948. The couple resided in the basement apartment of a large house in Hollywood that Burr shared with his mother and grandparents. The marriage ended after a few months and they eventually got divorced in 1952.
- Natalie Wood (1950s) – It was RUMORed that Raymond Burr went out with American actor Natalie Wood in the 1950s.
- Mark Herron (1952-1953) – Raymond Burr started going out with American actor Mark Herron in June 1952. Their romance ended the following year in January.
- Vincente Minnelli (1953) – He had a short-term affair with American director Vincente Minnelli from June 1953 to July 1953.
- Jonathan Frid (1958-1959) – In January 1958, he began dating actor Jonathan Frid. The duo parted ways in March 1959.
- Tuesday Weld (1959) – He dated American actor Tuesday Weld in 1959.
- Joan Tabor (1959) – He hooked up with American film and television actor Joan Tabor in July 1959.
- Robert Benevides (1960-1993) – Burr met actor and Korean War veteran Robert Benevides on the set of Perry Mason in 1960 and they remained together until Raymond’s death in 1993. The couple owned and operated an orchid business and then a vineyard in California’s Dry Creek Valley. Raymond left his entire estate to Robert Benevides and his will was unsuccessfully challenged by the two children of his late brother, James.
Race / Ethnicity
Raymond Burr was of Northern Irish, Scottish, and English descent.
Salt and Pepper
Deep commanding voice
Raymond Burr was cast in print adverts for Independent Insurance Agents of America in 1989.
Raymond Burr Facts
- His parents divorced when he was 6 years old. His mother then relocated to Vallejo, California, with Raymond and his siblings.
- Raymond Burr was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6656 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.
- He taught drama at Columbia University.
- In 2000, the Columbia Theatre on Columbia Street in New Westminster, British Columbia, was renamed in Burr’s honor.
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