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William Talman (1915–1968)


William Talman is best known for his role as Hamilton Burger, the district attorney who perpetually lost to Perry Mason in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Talman was an accomplished screenwriter and stage and screen actor, and appeared in numerous roles on television as a character actor from the mid-'50s until his death from lung ... See full bio »

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Known For

Armored Car Robbery Dave Purvis
(1950)
Perry Mason Hamilton Burger / D.A. Hamilton Burger / District Attorney Hamilton Burger / Hamilton Berger
(1957-1966)
The Hitch-Hiker Emmett Myers
(1953)
The Racket Officer Bob Johnson
(1951)

Filmography

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 1967 The Ballad of Josie
District Attorney Charlie Lord
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Colonel Griffith
- Quantity: Unknown (1967) ... Colonel Griffith
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Sheriff
- The Night of the Man-Eating House (1966) ... Sheriff
 1957-1966 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Hamilton Burger / D.A. Hamilton Burger / Hamilton Berger / ...
- The Case of the Final Fade-Out (1966) ... Hamilton Burger
- The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper (1966) ... Hamilton Burger
- The Case of the Positive Negative (1966) ... Hamilton Burger
- The Case of the Misguided Model (1966) ... Hamilton Burger (credit only)
- The Case of the Dead Ringer (1966) ... Hamilton Burger
 1963 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Race Fallon
- Legends Don't Sleep (1963) ... Race Fallon
 1960-1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Sheriff / George Jondill
- Long Way Home (1961) ... Sheriff
- The Shooting of Jessie May (1960) ... George Jondill
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Jeff Conway
- To Become a Man (1958) ... Jeff Conway
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Herman Brule
- Disappearance (1958) ... Lt. Herman Brule
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Harmon Brule
- Disappearance (1958) ... Lt. Harmon Brule
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Walt Archer
- The Sarah Drummond Story (1958) ... Walt Archer
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Logan Beatty
- The Return of the Outlaw (1958) ... Logan Beatty
 1956-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Gene / Stan / Joe MacKenzie
- Scream in Silence (1958) ... Gene
- Dark Wall (1956) ... Stan
- Sit Down with Death (1956) ... Joe MacKenzie
 1957 Trackdown (TV Series)
Blaine Sand
- Like Father (1957) ... Blaine Sand
 1957 Hell on Devil's Island
Bayard
 1957 The Persuader
Matt Bonham / Mark Bonham
 1954-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Wheeler / Brad Ringer
- One Way Street (1957) ... Wheeler
- Pick of the Litter (1954) ... Brad Ringer
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Undetermined Role / Lew Reese
- The Sergeant Boyd Story (1956) ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
- Scio, Ohio (1956) ... Lew Reese
 1956 The Man Is Armed
Hackett
 1956 Uranium Boom
Grady Mathews
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Barney
- No. 5 Checked Out (1956) ... Barney
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Jock McLain
- South of Selangor (1955) ... Jock McLain
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Norman Conway
- The Water Maker (1955) ... Norman Conway
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Insurance Investigator
- Old Master Detective (1955) ... Insurance Investigator
 1955 Two-Gun Lady
Marshal Dan Corbin
 1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Wes Hardin
- The Texas Rangers (1955) ... Wes Hardin
 1955 Cavalier Theatre (TV Series)
Wes Hardin
- The Texas Rangers (1955) ... Wes Hardin
 1955 Smoke Signal
Capt. Harper
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Eddie
- Eddie's Place (1955) ... Eddie
 1955 Big House, U.S.A.
William 'Machine Gun' Mason
 1955 Crashout
Luther Remsen / Swanee Rawlins / Rev. Remington
 1953 City That Never Sleeps
Hayes Stewart
 1953 The Hitch-Hiker
Emmett Myers
 1952 One Minute to Zero
Col. John Parker
 1952 Beware, My Lovely
Mr. Gordon (uncredited)
 1951 The Racket
Officer Bob Johnson
 1950 Armored Car Robbery
Dave Purvis
 1950 The Kid from Texas
Minninger
 1949 The Woman on Pier 13
Bailey
 1949 Red, Hot and Blue
Bunny Harris
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Ted Farlow") in "Beverly Hills" on Broadway. Written by Lynn Starling and Howard J. Green. Directed by Otto Preminger (who co-produced with Laurence Schwab). Fulton Theatre: 7 Nov 1940-30 Nov 1940 (28 performances). Cast: Effie Afton (as "Mrs. Burnside"), Ilka Chase (as "Jean Harding"), Frank Chew, Peter Goo Chong... See more »

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Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Trivia:

In an interview Talman recalled an incident that happened shortly after the release of The Hitch-Hiker (1953), in which he gave a chilling portrayal of escaped murderer and serial killer Emmett Meyers. He was driving his convertible in Los Angeles with the top down, and he stopped at a red light. Another driver in a convertible who was stopped next to him stared at him for a few seconds, then ... See more »

Nickname:

Bill

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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