Raymond Burr

burr2May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993

Let’s just get this out of the way up front: There were TWO Raymond Burrs. The Raymond Burr that Raymond Burr wanted everyone to know about and believe and the Raymond Burr that Raymond Burr had no interest in people knowing about.  The FORMER may have had wives and kids who died tragic deaths; he may have served with the Marines in World War II – or perhaps the Navy…either way. This Raymond Burr had degrees from many prestigious institutions and owned a farm in Fiji where he cultivated and grew orchids. Actually, that last one was true. The LATTER Raymond Burr was a closeted homosexual who liked to tell tall tales about his life for some reason. Why he felt the need to mythologize himself, only Raymond Burr would know.

What WAS true (other than the orchid thing) is that Burr grew to fame as the title character in the popular and long-running television franchise, Perry Mason. Burr played Mason in the original series from 1957-1966 and in reboots and dozens of follow-up movies throughout the rest of his life. He also found success in a different series called Ironside from 1967-1975. For his roles in both Perry Mason and Ironside, Burr was nominated for 9 Emmys (he won twice) and 2 Golden Globes. Outside of his iconic roles, he also appeared in nearly 50 films, including his notable turn opposite Jimmy Stewart in the Hitchcock classic, Rear Window.

Burr died of cancer in 1993 after filming a reunion TV movie for Ironside. He was buried with his parents in his native British Columbia.

Burial

Fraser Cemetery – New Westminster, BC, CANADA

Specific Location

Oddfellows section; on the east side of Richmond St. just a few yards from the small office.

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