A blog about classic television, movies, and radio, by the author of "Joan Davis: America's Queen of Film, Radio and Television Comedy," among others.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Case of the Birthday Boy
Ninety-seven years ago today, the fine actor who embodied Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason for a generation of TV viewers was born. Prior to his television stardom, Burr enjoyed a successful career as a movie character actor, featured in classics such as Rear Window. Burr won two Emmys for his work on Perry Mason, and by the end of its historic run was TV's highest-paid dramatic actor.
After his long run in that show, from 1957 to 1966, he had another television hit from 1967 to 1975, as Ironside. He reprised both of his classic roles in TV-movies in later years, and also starred in a short-lived third series, Kingston: Confidential.