In the middle of the twentieth century, Hollywood was not exactly a gay-friendly environment. On and off-screen, TV and movie studios worked hard to present a rosy, familial picture of the industry’s stars, frequently in conjunction with gossip columnists. The case is the same with Robert Benevides, a Canadian-American actor who rose to prominence as Raymond Burr‘s partner.

Being a gay pair is still looked upon in many societies today, just as it was in the 1960s. Benevides, like his boyfriend, worked as an actor in the entertainment sector, but he never reached the heights of Burr, who gave television shows like ‘Perry Mason and ‘Ironside.’

Robert Benevides and His Partner Raymond Burr Were Together For 30 Years

Raymond Burr, Robert Benevides’ gay partner, may have passed away on September 12, 1993, in his sleep due to Cancer which he had been fighting for a long period of time, but his work on television will live on in the streets. In 1960, on the set of ‘Perry Mason,’ the gay couple met for the first time. Robert Benevides was in the Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. Surprisingly, the two struck up a particular bond right away and have been dating ever since.

Robert Benevides in black suit poses with late actor Raymond Burr.
Robert Benevides with His Late Partner Raymond Burr.
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Benevides and his partner Burr never married, but they were proud of their partnership and their role in traditional society as representatives of the LGBTQ community. Surprisingly, Robert’s late-lover was married for four and a half years to fellow actress Isabella Ward before divorcing in 1952. Besides Isabella, he was married to Annette Sutherland and Laura Andrina. They didn’t have any children together, either.

Because of their sexual preferences, Robert Benevides and the late Raymond Burr often felt ostracized from society. In an interview, he talked about dealing with issues that heterosexual couples never have to deal with. Unfortunately, there were times when Benevides was referred to in the media as Burr’s business partner rather than the truth.

Robert Benevides’s Wiki/Bio

Robert Benevides was born on February 9, 1930, in Visalia, California. He is in his early nineties and remembers his youth days. Moreover, he is pretty secretive when it comes to his early life and background. There is no information about his educational experience and siblings.

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Robert Benevides handles the Raymond Burr vineyard.
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Although Robert is no longer involved in the entertainment industry, he enjoys spending his retirement in Raymond Burr Vineyards, which he owns now. While Benevides keeps a quiet profile regarding his family, he does explain how his father found him an eight-acre property. Raymond Burr, on the other hand, is a Canadian who was born in Westminster, British Columbia. The late actor moved to California at the age of six and embarked upon his acting career at a young age. He has a brother named James Edmond.

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