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Do you know these 4 things about Raymond Burr?

Raymond Burr was an actor who played attorney Perry Mason on TV. He was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, on May 21, 1917, and died in Sonoma County, California, on September 12, 1993.

He started in acting in the 1940’s, making appearances on various TV shows and movies. Perry Mason was his most famous role, and he portrayed the character in over 270 episodes of the show that ran from 1957 to 1966.

Burr’s challenges throughout his career

Despite Perry Mason’s long-running success, Burr faced many challenges throughout his career, including struggles with alcoholism and conflicts with studio executives. One conflict was over the show’s title sequence, which Burr wanted to be in black and white to match the show’s “film noir” style. However, the network wanted it to be in color so that it would stand out more on people’s TVs. In the end, Perry Mason remained in black and white and continues to be considered one of Burr’s most iconic roles.

Despite these setbacks, he is remembered today as one of the greatest actors of his time for his work on Perry Mason and other roles.

Perry Mason, the show, was about Perry Mason, a hard-hitting defense lawyer who never lost a case. The show started in 1957 and ran until 1966, with a total of 270 episodes.

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A famous Raymond Burr quote is..

” Perry Mason never lost a case, but I have.”

– Raymond Burr

FlashBack Facts: You May Not Have Known Before

3 interesting facts about Perry Mason:

1) Perry Mason was Raymond Burr’s first TV role. Prior to Perry Mason, he had mostly appeared in movies and on other TV shows, such as the 1951 science fiction movie “Godzilla.”

2) Perry Mason was originally meant for actor Dick Powell, but when Powell turned down the role, it went to Burr instead.

3) Perry Mason has been remade several times over the years, most recently as a series that aired from 1993 to 1995. Despite this, fans still consider Perry Mason one of the best TV shows ever made.

Burr’s other roles included:

1) Dr. Richard Kimble in “The Fugitive”

2) Col. Steve Austin in “The Six Million Dollar Man”

3) Joe Friday in a TV remake of “Dragnet”

4) Perry Mason’s law partner, Paul Drake, on the Perry Mason TV movies that aired in the late 1980s and early 1990s.