As far as I can determine, only two biographies have been published on the actor Raymond Burr, who died in 1993. They are Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr by Michael Seth Starr (2009), published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books; and Raymond Burr: A Film, Radio, and Television Biography by Ona L. Hill (1999), published by McFarland and Company. Both books have had less-than-scintillating reviews because neither digs deep enough to offer truly new insights into “the complex man who transformed himself from B-movie thug to television’s beloved attorney, Perry Mason” [from Publishers Weekly review of Starr’s book]. Part of the complexity of the man was that he told many lies about himself during his years in Hollywood (e.g., he never really did an acting tour that put him on the London stage; he never really had those wives he claimed; and much more). I gather from Wikipedia’s information about Burr that the first biography (by Hill in 1999) didn’t even uncover many of the untruths but put them in the book as facts.
A few months ago I received an email from a friend in which he reminisced about a personal interaction with Raymond Burr during the Korean War. He has given me permission to quote him here. The following is a first-hand account written by Charles C. Bragg about the actor Raymond Burr.