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  • He attended Stanford, Columbia and Chungking universities.
  • While working with Errol Flynn, Flynn told him that if he died with ten dollars in his pocket he hadn't done a good job. This inspired him to always share his wealth with all.
  • Raymond loved to cook and throw intimate dinner parties.
  • Was once a famous loungeroom singer in his younger days.
  • His favorite hobby, later developed into a business, was cultivating orchids. Raymond developed one orchid which he named the Barbara Hale Orchid.
  • Longtime companion of Robert Benevides.
  • He was the director of the Pasadena Community Playhouse before entering the Navy in World War II.
  • Burr's official biography stated that he had been previously married, but both his wives and one child had died. However, these details were fabricated in an attempt to hide the fact that Burr was gay. Only one brief marriage which ended in divorce had actually occurred; the other marriage and the child were fiction.
  • On October 1, 1993 a memorial service was held at the Pasadena Playhouse, the very same theatre that he had made his acting debut 50 years before. A director's chair with "RAYMOND BURR" placed in the centre stage played host to friends who paid tribute.
  • He was incredibly generous, giving most of his money to charities and sharing it with friends.
  • Before dying from cancer, he threw some grand parties to say farewell to many of his friends.
  • Had an art gallery on California's Rodeo Drive in the early '50s.
  • Left his $32-million estate solely to Robert Benevides.
  • Best remembered by the public for his starring role in Perry Mason (1957).
  • Was the original host of Unsolved Mysteries, hosting only its first special in January 1987. He was then briefly replaced by Karl Malden. However, both actors requested salaries that show producer John Cosgrove deemed astronomical. So by the time the show became a regular series in 1988, Robert Stack had been hired as the permanent host.
  • The Burr Theatre was created in 2000 in the old site of the Columbia Theatre on Columbia Street in New Westminster.
  • Suffered eye damage from always having to look upwards while in a wheelchair on the "Ironside" (1967) set.
  • He, Michael J. Fox and Jim Carrey head list of top Canadians in U.S. television compiled by Banff Television Festival, June 2002.
  • Interred at Fraser Cemetery, New Westminister, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Bought his own 3,000-acre island 165 miles northeast of Suva in Fiji in 1965 and named it Naitamba
  • Portrayed Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry, on CBS Radio's "Fort Larmaie" in 1956.
  • He taught drama at Columbia University.
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