William Talman

William Talman

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Hitch-hiker (1953)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% The Racket (1951)
  • Birthday: Feb 4, 1915
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The scion of a wealthy Detroit family, William Talman would later claim that he learned to "champion the underdog" while a member of his Episcopal church boxing team. In his 20s, Talman became an evangelist for the Moral Re-Armament Movement, and later made at stab at studying law. He drifted to New York, where, through the intervention of an actor friend of his father, he began picking up small stage roles. After extensive experience in New York and in the touring company of Of Mice and Men, Talman moved to Hollywood, where in 1949 he played his first important screen role as a gangster in Red, Hot and Blue (1949). At his best when his characters were at their worst, Talman developed into one of Tinseltown's most fearsome screen villains, never more so than when he played a psycho killer who slept with one eye open in the noir classic The Hitchhiker (1955). In 1957, Talman was cast as Hamilton Burger, the perennially losing District Attorney on the popular TV weekly Perry Mason. He remained with the series until March of 1960, when he was arrested for throwing a wild party where vast quantities of illegal substances were consumed. The Perry Mason producers had every intention of firing Talman from the series, but he was reinstated thanks to the loyal intervention of his co-stars -- particularly Raymond Burr, who threatened to quit the show if Talman wasn't given a second chance. William Talman was last seen on TV in a series of anti-smoking public service announcements; these spots were run posthumously, at Talman's request, following his death from lung cancer at the age of 53.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Ballad of Josie Lord 1967
No Score Yet Big House, U.S.A. Machinegun Mason 1955
No Score Yet Crashout Luther Remsen / Swanee Rawlins / Reverend Remington 1955
No Score Yet Smoke Signal Capt. Harper 1955
No Score Yet Two-Gun Lady Marshal Dan Corbin 1955
No Score Yet City That Never Sleeps Hayes Stewart 1953
100% The Hitch-hiker Emmett Myers 1953
No Score Yet One Minute to Zero Col. John Parker 1952
33% The Racket Johnson 1951
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery Dave Purvis aka Martin Bell 1950
No Score Yet The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist) Bailey 1949

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Hamilton Burger
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Race Fallon
  • 1963

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