OTD: Canadian actor performs in final Perry Mason episode

On today’s date in 1966, Canadian-born actor Raymond Burr performed in the last original Perry Mason episode, titled The Case Of The Final Fade-Out.

In 2008, Canada Post featured Burr on a 52-cent multi-coloured stamp (CSN # 2280) as part of its Canadians in Hollywood: The Sequel issue. Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company on Spicer paper, the stamps had tagging along each side and measured 30.75 mm x 48.75 mm (vertical). They were issued in booklets of eight and souvenir sheets of four.

Designed by John Belisle and Kosta Tsetsekas of Vancouver’s Signals Design, the stamps use images created by Neal Armstrong, the artist who painted the images for the first set of stamps. The Burr stamp is evocative of his career, depicting the Perry Mason courtroom.

“Neal has done a great job of capturing the essence of each actor and creating a sense that this is a sequel,” said Belisle. “We also wanted to connect the audience to these stamps, so we used illustrator Adam Rogers to craft the souvenir sheet and official first day cover. Adam created a vintage feel that gives a real impression of being in a theatre watching a movie. The crowd is at the front, and the stamps sit right on the screen.”

Burr played the lawyer Perry Mason in the television show of the same name. Born in New Westminster, B.C. in May 1917, he began his stage career at the age of 10, when he starred in a church play. At 17, he began touring with Toronto’s Berkeley Players and got his big break in a 1944 production of Duke in Darkness.

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