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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 February 1918Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 25 August 1995Los Angeles, California, USA  (emphysema)
Birth NameHollis Alan Bane

Mini Bio (1)

Los Angeles-born Holly Bane (who later changed his name to the more macho-sounding Mike Ragan) didn't start out to be an actor--he wanted to be a big-band musician. That didn't work out for him, unfortunately, so he wound up getting a job as an office boy at MGM at age 15. From there he worked his way into the makeup department, working on such productions as The Good Earth (1937) and under the tutelage of famed make-up artist Jack Dawn. He soon began working in front of the camera, first in bit parts in action pictures, but service in the US Marine Corps during World War II put the brakes on his acting career. Upon his return to civilian life at war's end he went back to his make-up job, but eventually decided to trade it for work as a full-time actor. His stocky build and somewhat menacing attitude got him a lot of work in westerns as a heavy, usually a gunfighter or henchman, often at Republic Pictures.

He actually divided his time between acting and make-up work, and in the 1960s, when westerns began to fade from the scene, he went back to make-up full time, eventually working on many prominent TV shows, such as Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), Barney Miller (1974) and Fish (1977).

He died in 1995 in Los Angeles of complications from emphysema.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Dorothy Ford (6 November 1965 - 25 August 1995) (his death)
Ruth Rita (? - 15 September 1962) (her death)

Trivia (6)

Played plenty of bad guys in "B" westerns during the 1950s.
Served with the Marine Corps during World War II.
In the early 70's he returned to work as a makeup artist full time on TV shows.
Took an early interest in makeup and eventually became an apprentice at MGM. One of his first films was The Good Earth (1937). As a makeup artist at MGM and RKO, he worked with Greta Garbo, Hedy Lamarr, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.
At one time he played pro baseball and also boxed.
Born in Los Angeles, but raised in San Francisco, he eventually returned and got his first studio job working as an office boy at MGM.

Personal Quotes (1)

If you do not have that within you that is above you, you will soon yield to that which is around you.

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