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Ray Collins (I) (1889–1965)

Ray Bidwell Collins was an American actor in film, stage, radio and television. One of his best remembered roles was that of Lt. Arthur Tragg in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Collins was born in Sacramento, California, to Lillie Bidwell and William C. Collins, a newspaper drama editor. He started acting on stage at the age of 14. In ... See full bio »

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Perry Mason
Perry Mason Lt. Tragg / Lt Tragg / Lt. Arthur Tragg
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane James W. Gettys
Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil District Attorney Adair
The Best Years of Our Lives


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 1957-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Lt. Tragg / Lt Tragg / Lt. Arthur Tragg
- The Case of the Mischievous Doll (1965) ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Wrongful Writ (1965) ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Grinning Gorilla (1965) ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Duplicate Case (1965) ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Gambling Lady (1965) ... Lt. Tragg (credit only)
 1960 I'll Give My Life
John Bradford
 1957 Spoilers of the Forest
Eric Warren
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Harris Clayton
- Invitation to a Gunfighter (1957) ... Harris Clayton
 1956 The Go-Getter
J.P. Miller (sometimes called J.B. Miller)
 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
- The Trial of Mary Surratt (1956) ... Corbett
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Herbert Brenner
- Conversation Over a Corpse (1956) ... Herbert Brenner
 1956 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Evan Gracie
- The Long Road Home (1956) ... Evan Gracie
 1955-1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Paul Sinclair / Hugh Fredericks / Dr. Milton Otis
- Sound That Kills (1956) ... Dr. Paul Sinclair
- Target: Hurricane (1955) ... Hugh Fredericks
- The Frozen Sound (1955) ... Dr. Milton Otis
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Dean Walton
- Betty Goes to College (1956) ... Dean Walton
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Gen. Sam Woolery
- The Star-Spangled Soldier (1956) ... Gen. Sam Woolery
 1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac
Alfred Metcalfe
 1956 Real George (TV Movie)
 1954-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Max / Barton Keyes
- A Marriage Day (1956) ... Max
 1955-1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Callicott / Judge Harper
- Gun in His Hand (1956) ... Callicott
 1956 Never Say Goodbye
Dr. Bailey
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
- The Challenge (1956) ... Crocker
 1955 Texas Lady
Mica Ralston
 1955 The Desperate Hours
Sheriff Masters
 1954-1955 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
Professor Merriwether / Prof. Merriwether / Professsor Merriwether / ...
- The Dean of Women (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- Hooliganism (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- Dr. Spatzen (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- Maxwell's Comet (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- The Voice of Ivy's Vine (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Jerome Harris
- The Champion (1955) ... Jerome Harris
 1954 Athena
Mr. Tremaine
 1954 Rose Marie
Inspector Appleby
 1953 Bad for Each Other
Dan Reasonover
 1953 The Kid from Left Field
Fred F. Whacker
 1953 Column South
Brig. Gen. Storey
 1953 The Desert Song
Gen. Birabeau
 1952 Dreamboat
Timothy Stone
 1952 Young Man with Ideas
Edmund Jethrow
 1952 Invitation
Dr. Warren Pritchard
 1951 I Want You
Judge Turner
 1951 Reunion in Reno
Judge Thomas Kneeland
 1951 You're in the Navy Now
Rear Adm. L. C. Tennant
 1951 Vengeance Valley
Arch Strobie
 1950 Summer Stock
Jasper G. Wingait
 1950 Kill the Umpire
Jonah Evans
 1950 Francis
Col. Hooker
 1949 Free for All
A.B. Blair
 1949 Red Stallion in the Rockies
Matthew 'Matt' Simpson
 1949 The Price of Freedom (Short)
 1949 Hideout
Arthur Burdett, alias Philip J. Fogarty
 1948 Command Decision
Major Desmond Lansing
 1948 For the Love of Mary
Harvey Elwood
 1948 Good Sam
Reverend Daniels
 1948 The Man from Colorado
Big Ed Carter
 1948 Homecoming
Lt. Col. Avery Silver
 1948 The Swordsman
MacCoppin - A MacArden
 1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet
Fred Houlihan
 1947 The Red Stallion
Perry Barton
 1947 Trail Street
Opening Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited)
 1946 The Return of Monte Cristo
Emil Blanchard
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Judge Watson
 1946 Crack-Up
Dr. Lowell
 1946 Boys' Ranch
Davis Banton
 1946 Badman's Territory
Col. Farewell
 1946 Night in Paradise
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
Gordon Stewart
 1946 Miss Susie Slagle's
Dr. Elijah Howe
 1946 Up Goes Maisie
Floyd Hendrickson
 1945 The Hidden Eye
Phillip Treadway
 1945 The Unseen
Off-screen narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1945 Roughly Speaking
Mr. John Chase Randall
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Senator Martin Frost
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Johnny Adair
 1944 The Seventh Cross
 1944 The Eve of St. Mark
Deckman West
 1944 The Hitler Gang
Cardinal von Faulhaber
 1944 Main Street Today (Short)
Otis Bird
 1944 See Here, Private Hargrove
Brody S. Griffith
 1943 Madame Curie
Lecturer (voice, uncredited)
 1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
Grover Kendall
 1943 Salute to the Marines
Col. John Mason
 1943 Crime Doctor
Dr. John Carey
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
 1942 Commandos Strike at Dawn
Johan Bergesen
 1942 The Navy Comes Through
Capt. McCall
 1942 Highways by Night
Ben Van Steel, Tommy's Uncle
 1942 The Big Street
Professor B
 1933 You're Killing Me (Short)
 1932 The Trans-Atlantic Mystery (Short)
 1932 The Side Show Mystery (Short)
 1932 Hot Dog (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1932 His Honor -- Penrod (Short)
George Schofield
 1932 Detectuvs (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1931 One Good Deed (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1931 The Season's Greetings (Short)
Penrod's Father
 1931 Words & Music (Short)
Mr. Lambert (uncredited)
 1931 Snakes Alive (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1931 Masquerade (Short)
 1931 One Way Out (Short)
Police Sergeant on Bicycle (uncredited)
 1930 The Pest of Honor (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "John Q. Smith") in "On Call" on Broadway. Comedy/drama. Written by Roland Oliver [final Broadway credit]. Directed by Frank McCoy. Waldorf Theatre: 9 Nov 1928-Jan 1929 (closing date unknown/67 performances). Cast: Eleanor Audley (as "Mary Randall"), Dorothea Chard (as "Margie"), Ann Chase, Charles Dosch (as "... See more »

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Made his stage debut at 14 in Vancouver and toured in vaudeville, where he met his future wife Joan. See more »

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