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William Talman (actor) - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia
William Talman - Found a GraveFound a Grave


Television and movie actor William Talman, best known for playing
Los Angeles District Attorney Hamilton Burger in the CBS television
series Perry Mason (Sept. 21, 1957 – May 22, 1966).

Talman is also known for being the first actor in Hollywood to film an
antismoking public service announcement for the American Cancer
. A lifelong heavy smoker, he was diagnosed with lung cancer,

and knew he was dying when he filmed the commercial.

The short film began with the words: “Before I die, I want to do what I can

to leave a world free of cancer for my six children. Talman requested that
the commercial not be aired until after his death.


William Talman - IMDb
William Talman as seen in a 1957 episode of Perry Mason.

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