What Are Some Biographical Facts About Raymond Burr?


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Raymond Burr was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada to William Johnston Burr and Minerva Annette. His father was a hardware salesman, while his mother was a music teacher. After his parents divorced, Raymond moved with his mother to Vallejo, California, where he attended a military academy. He served in the United States Navy before embarking on a career as an actor. Burr is best known for his roles on television shows "Perry Mason" and "Ironside."

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Burr made his film debut as Jeff Torrance in the 1946 film "San Quentin." Burr has been the subject of controversy because he invented a biography for himself, which included a dead wife and son. Burr used this to draw attention from the reason why he wasn't married, and reports claim he lived a secret gay life. He was in a relationship with his partner, Robert Benevides, for 35 years, and only a handful of friends knew about the relationship.

Raymond Burr has appeared in more than 90 films and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He died in 1993 at the age of 76 due to cancer in his home in Sonoma, California. He left his $32 million estate to his long-term partner, Robert Benevides.

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