Friday, 21 May 2010
Born on this day in 1917 was the TV and film actor Raymond Burr, best remembered as Perry Mason. Burr lived in more innocent times, when an actor could falsify not only his sexual orientation but great chunks of his life story - a couple of marriages that never happened, a non-existent son, his war service. It all came out after his death - see Early Career and Personal life here. Still, Burr seems to have been a thoroughly nice chap (if a little fantasy prone), who was happiest tending his orchids (no pun intended) and who gave away generous chunks of his earnings to charities and individuals. After Perry Mason, of course, he found TV fame again as the wheelchair-bound detective Ironside, a role he left in 1975 because he couldn't stand being pushed around any more. Boom boom.