Perry Mason: The Real Mysteries Behind the Scenes

Who Wanted To Be Hamilton Burger?

Often regarded as the Sherlock Holmes of the courtroom, we know Raymond Burr as the character of Perry Mason on the television show. As it turns out, this was not the original role Raymond Burr auditioned for. Initially, he auditioned for the for the role of District Attorney Hamilton Burger.

However, the creator of the show Erle Stanley Gardner just couldn’t picture Burr as a struggling, always losing attorney after watching his audition. So, instead, he was essentially offered the exact opposite role of the cunning and successful defense lawyer, and the star of the show.