Monday, January 4, 2016

Perry Mason and The Mystery of the Multiple Actors

Ask just about anyone about Perry Mason and he or she would probably mention Raymond Burr, the only person who ever played Perry Mason.

Actually, that statement isn't actually true. Three others have played Perry Mason, two of them before Raymond Burr. Warren William was the first, playing Perry Mason in a series of films for Warner Brothers.

Donald Woods came next, portraying Perry Mason in just one film- The Case of the Stuttering Bishop.

After the classic series left the air, an attempt was made to bring it back in the 1970's with Monte Markham playing Perry. 

The show was a failure, showing that audiences had become too accustomed to Raymond Burr as Perry Mason, who returned to the role in the 1980's in a series of TV films.