Raymond Burr

About Raymond Burr

William Raymond Stacy Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian-American actor known for his lengthy Hollywood film career and his title roles in the television dramas ‘Perry Mason’ and ‘Ironside’. Burr’s early acting career included roles on Broadway, radio, television, and film, usually as the villain. His portrayal of the suspected murderer in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘Rear Window’ is his best-known film role, although he is also remembered for his role in the 1956 film ‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters!’, which he reprised in the 1985 film ‘Godzilla 1985’.

He won Emmy Awards for acting in 1959 and 1961 for the role of Perry Mason, which he played for nine seasons and reprised in a series of 26 Perry Mason TV movies. His second TV series ‘Ironside’ earned him six Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations. His iconic villains were also seen in Westerns, period dramas, horror films, and adventure films.

Raymond 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.  Film historian Alain Silver concluded that Burr’s most significant work in the genre is in ten films: ‘Desperate’, ‘Sleep, My Love’, ‘Raw Deal’, ‘Pitfall’, ‘Abandoned’, ‘Red Light’, ‘M’, ‘His Kind of Woman’, ‘The Blue Gardenia’, and ‘Crime of Passion’. Other titles in Burr’s film noir legacy include ‘Walk a Crooked Mile’, ‘Borderline’, ‘Unmasked’, ‘The Whip Hand’, ‘FBI Girl’, ‘Meet Danny Wilson’ and many more. Learn More…

Raymond Burr