Actor Raymond Burr was one of TV's biggest stars for nearly 40 years beginning in the 1950s.

As the star of Perry Mason and Ironside, Burr won countless fans and has a lasting legacy today. However, fans sadly didn't get to know the true Raymond Burr in his lifetime.

Perry Mason: Raymond Burr's Big Secret

When Burr died in 1993, details about his private life — and his tragic stories of late wives and a son who died young — began to unravel. Instead, a portrait of Burr's true self began to emerge.

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Perry Mason: Actor Raymond Burr's Big Secret

Watch the video above for more on Raymond Burr's secret, which came out after he died in 1993. In retrospect, some even call him a trailblazer in classic TV and old Hollywood.