Raymond Burr was a Canadian-American actor and philanthropist who appeared as the titular characters on the television dramas 'Perry Mason' and 'Ironside'. His best-remembered film roles include the suspected murderer in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller 'Rear Window' (1954) and reporter Steve Martin in two American versions of the Japanese kaiju film featuring 'Godzilla' in 1955 and 1985.
He began his acting career on stage and made his Broadway debut in 'Crazy With the Heat' (1940). Since appearing in his first starring role in a Pasadena Playhouse production of 'Quiet Wedding' as an emergency replacement, he has performed in about 30 plays before appearing on Patrick Hamilton's Broadway production of 'The Duke in Darkness' (1944).
In his later filmogs, he donned iconic villain roles in popular noir films like 'Desperate', 'Sleep, My Love', 'Raw Deal', 'Pitfall', 'Abandoned', 'Red Light', 'M', 'His Kind of Woman', 'The Blue Gardenia' and 'Crime of Passion'.