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Copyright 1996-2007
D. M. Brockman
25 December 2007

The Principal Cast

For the Defense
Perry Mason Della Street

Raymond Burr played the eponymous attorney Perry Mason who never, except sort of a few times, lost a case. Barbara Hale was Perry's very capable private and proper secretary Della Street. These pictures from episodes #25 and #130.

William Hopper was Perry's detective-of-choice Paul Drake, the proprietor of the well-staffed Paul Drake Detective Agency. Connie Cezon was Perry's perky receptionist Gertrude "Gertie" Lade. These pictures are from episodes #199 and #204.

For the State
Hamilton Burger Lt. Arthur Tragg

William Talman appeared as Perry's most frequent and always defeated adversary District Attorney Hamilton Burger. Ray Collins played the crafty and irascible Police detective Lt. Arthur Tragg. These pictures are from episodes #15 and #69.

After Ray Collin's departure during the 7th season due to illness, the police detective job was filled by Wesley Lau as Lt. Anderson and later by Richard Anderson as Lt. Steve Drumm.These pictures are from episodes #223 and #257.

Other "regular" characters
During the final season, Perry and crew occasionally conducted business at "Clay's Grill," a restaurant run by Terrance Clay, a recurring role played by Dan Tobin. Karl Held appeared in 9 episodes as David Gideon, a law student working with Perry. Lee Miller, Raymond Burr's stand-in on the set, appeared as Sgt. Brice in at least 55 episodes and, un-credited, in many others. For more recurring characters, see the statistics page.

For the complete story, visit The Perry Mason TV Show Book