Began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse
Broadway debut in "Crazy with the Heat"
Had modest success in the Broadway play "Duke in Darkness"; spotted by agent who signed him and arranged a screen test
Played editor R B Kingston on the short-lived NBC drama series, "Kingston: Confidential"
Played first leading roles in films in "Please Murder Me", "The Secret of Treasure Mountain" and the US release version of "Godzilla"
Played Herman Bockweiss on the noted 12-part NBC miniseries, "Centennial"
Played wheelchair-bound chief of detectives Robert T Ironside on the popular NBC drama "Ironside"
During the Depression, worked for government agencies
Film debut in "Without Reservations", a comedy starring Claudette Colbert and John Wayne
Formed Harbor Productions
Hired by RKO as a contract player; first met Barbara Hale (date approximate)
Hosted the syndicated docudrama series "Trial by Jury", in which court cases were acted out
Purchased own resort island in Fiji
Reprised the role of Perry Mason in the first of more than two dozen TV-movies, "Perry Mason Returns" (NBC)
Reprised the role of Robert T Ironside on the TV-movie, "The Return of Ironside"
During the 1950s acted in anthology drama series such as "Playhouse 90", "Climax!", "Counterpoint" and "Ford Television Theater"
Finished location work on the Perry Mason mystery TV-movie, "The Case of the Killer Kiss" one month prior to his death
Last feature film for eight years, "Desire in the Dust"
Last feature films, "Delirious" and "Kootenai Brown"
Moved to California so mother could pursue career in music; father disliked living there and returned to Canada after parents' divorce; lived with maternal grandparents who owned and operated a hotel in Vallejo
Portrayed a cop investigating a "Crime of Passion"
Portrayed the prosecuting attorney in "A PLace in the Sun"
Returned to feature films with a role in "P.J."
Born in small town in Canada
Had signature role of the successful defense attorney in the popular CBS courtroom drama "Perry Mason"; won two Emmy Awards
Played perhaps most famous feature film role as the wife killer in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window"
Reprised role in the remake/sequel "Godzilla 1985/Gojira"
Returned to feature films after a ten-year absence with a role in "Tomorrow Never Comes"