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."
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.