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September 21, 1993
It doesn't really matter whether the portrait of America's courts depicted in the classic TV series "Perry Mason" conformed to reality. What is important is that millions of Americans who tuned in the show during its heyday in the 1950s believed that it did. If "Perry Mason" presented an ideal of a legal system that dispensed justice fairly and impartially, then Raymond Burr, the gravel-voiced actor who played the title role, came to personify Americans' idea...
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | October 22, 1993
Here's a pair of ironies to savor. In the wake of the Senate Commerce Committee discussions about televised violence, tonight's TV programming offers two unapologetically violent pieces of entertainment. One is the season premiere of "Picket Fences," which opens with a cold-blooded murder; the other is an all-night marathon of Three Stooges shorts.* "The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This one-hour tribute to Mr. Burr covers the actor's entire career, including "Ironside" and his cinematic turns as the good guy in "Godzilla" and the bad guy in "Rear Window."
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NEWS
September 14, 1993
Raymond Burr'Perry Mason' starDRY CREEK, Calif. -- Raymond Burr, the portly actor who became a TV icon as a crime-solving lawyer in the "Perry Mason" series, died Sunday of cancer. He was 76."Perry Mason" appeared weekly on CBS from 1957 to 1966, and Mr. Burr's portrayal of the relentless lawyer won him the Emmy for best series actor in 1959 and 1961.Mr. Burr also starred as the crusty, wheelchair-using San Francisco detective in the NBC series "Ironside," which ran from 1967 to 1975.The Canadian-born Mr. Burr also made scores of other movies.
NEWS
October 10, 1993
Schmoke's Not Running? What A Relief!So Kurt Schmoke has decided not to run for governor.What a relief!My wife and I were fearful that, having fled the city for the suburbs as it crumbled during his tenure, that we might be forced to move again -- to Pennsylvania.John WoodfieldForest HillRaymond BurrIn your minuscule Sept. 14 obituary on Raymond Burr, you referred to him as "the portly actor." Why did the mean-spirited Sun find it necessary to take such a cheap shot as this to degrade an actor who has brought enjoyment to millions over the years?
NEWS
October 10, 1993
Schmoke's Not Running? What A Relief!So Kurt Schmoke has decided not to run for governor.What a relief!My wife and I were fearful that, having fled the city for the suburbs as it crumbled during his tenure, that we might be forced to move again -- to Pennsylvania.John WoodfieldForest HillRaymond BurrIn your minuscule Sept. 14 obituary on Raymond Burr, you referred to him as "the portly actor." Why did the mean-spirited Sun find it necessary to take such a cheap shot as this to degrade an actor who has brought enjoyment to millions over the years?
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | October 22, 1993
Here's a pair of ironies to savor. In the wake of the Senate Commerce Committee discussions about televised violence, tonight's TV programming offers two unapologetically violent pieces of entertainment. One is the season premiere of "Picket Fences," which opens with a cold-blooded murder; the other is an all-night marathon of Three Stooges shorts.* "The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This one-hour tribute to Mr. Burr covers the actor's entire career, including "Ironside" and his cinematic turns as the good guy in "Godzilla" and the bad guy in "Rear Window."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 24, 1992
It's probably unreasonable to expect the guys who brought us "Dynasty" to make a miniseries about politics and the New South that isn't lots and lots of sex and soap opera exaggeration.The only thing missing in "Grass Roots," which will begin at 9 tonight on WMAR-TV (Channel 2, is Joan Collins as as a direct descendant of Scarlett O'Hara now running for president.Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent -- who have worked together on such glitz-o-ramas as "Hotel" and "Vega$" -- are the executive producers of "Grass Roots."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 24, 1992
IT'S PROBABLY unreasonable to expect the guys who brought us "Dynasty" to make a miniseries about politics and the New South that isn't lots and lots of sex and soap opera exaggeration.The only thing missing in "Grass Roots," which will begin at 9 tonight on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), is Joan Collins as a direct descendant of Scarlett O'Hara now running for president.Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent -- who have worked together on such glitz-o-ramas as "Hotel" and "Vega$" -- are the executive producers of "Grass Roots."
NEWS
February 7, 2006
On February 5, 2006, RAYMOND BURR WITCZAK. Survived by Ki So, devoted father of Christoper and Rachael Witczak, beloved son of Ruth Witczak (nee Rydyznski) and the late Stanley Witczak Sr., dear brother of Stas Witczak Jr., and Margie Gagliardi. Visitation Wednesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P. M at the CVACH/ROSEDALE FUNERAL HOME, 1211 Chesaco Avenue. Funeral service Thursday 11 A.M. Interment Holy Rosary Cemetery.
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August 13, 1991
If John Candy can't get any laughs with ''Delirious,'' no one can.In the film, Candy, a most ingratiating comedy actor, plays a soap writer who clunks himself on the chin and finds himself playing a role in the series he is writing.He soon discovers that he can take the plot wherever he chooses simply by writing it that way.The story sounds very promising, but nothing comes of it. The new film does have two or three laughs, but they are never enough to justify the length. ''Soapdish' also made fun of the soaps, but the producers of that film had considerably more success.
NEWS
September 21, 1993
It doesn't really matter whether the portrait of America's courts depicted in the classic TV series "Perry Mason" conformed to reality. What is important is that millions of Americans who tuned in the show during its heyday in the 1950s believed that it did. If "Perry Mason" presented an ideal of a legal system that dispensed justice fairly and impartially, then Raymond Burr, the gravel-voiced actor who played the title role, came to personify Americans' idea...
NEWS
September 14, 1993
Raymond Burr'Perry Mason' starDRY CREEK, Calif. -- Raymond Burr, the portly actor who became a TV icon as a crime-solving lawyer in the "Perry Mason" series, died Sunday of cancer. He was 76."Perry Mason" appeared weekly on CBS from 1957 to 1966, and Mr. Burr's portrayal of the relentless lawyer won him the Emmy for best series actor in 1959 and 1961.Mr. Burr also starred as the crusty, wheelchair-using San Francisco detective in the NBC series "Ironside," which ran from 1967 to 1975.The Canadian-born Mr. Burr also made scores of other movies.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 24, 1992
It's probably unreasonable to expect the guys who brought us "Dynasty" to make a miniseries about politics and the New South that isn't lots and lots of sex and soap opera exaggeration.The only thing missing in "Grass Roots," which will begin at 9 tonight on WMAR-TV (Channel 2, is Joan Collins as as a direct descendant of Scarlett O'Hara now running for president.Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent -- who have worked together on such glitz-o-ramas as "Hotel" and "Vega$" -- are the executive producers of "Grass Roots."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 24, 1992
IT'S PROBABLY unreasonable to expect the guys who brought us "Dynasty" to make a miniseries about politics and the New South that isn't lots and lots of sex and soap opera exaggeration.The only thing missing in "Grass Roots," which will begin at 9 tonight on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), is Joan Collins as a direct descendant of Scarlett O'Hara now running for president.Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent -- who have worked together on such glitz-o-ramas as "Hotel" and "Vega$" -- are the executive producers of "Grass Roots."
BUSINESS
April 20, 1992
The following are recent bankruptcy filings in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.April 9Timothy Whittington (TLC Design and Construction), 317 Westhine Road, Baltimore. Mr. Whittington filed for Chaper 7. Assets: $2,850. Liabilities: $212,926.Laredo Limited Partnership, c/o Emory Hill and Associates Inc., 7250 Parkway Drive, Suite 100, Hanover. Real estate business filed for Chapter 11. Principal: R. Clayton Emory. Assets: $4,293,456. Liabilities: $4,547,403.April 10Joan Mary Heavey (Joan Randolph)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 10, 1994
What do you do when the star of your series dies -- especially when he's the be-all and end-all of the show?In the case of Raymond Burr as Perry Mason, NBC has decided to carry on with the series, pretending Perry's busy in the next office and, any minute now, he could come walking through the courtroom door.Bizarre is not the word for "The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle," which airs at 8 tonight on WMAR (Channel 2). Watching it is a little like talking to someone who thinks Elvis is still alive.
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