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Overview (3)

Born in Mountain Home, Idaho, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (complications from multiple strokes)
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American character actor of stage, films, and television. A native of Idaho, Rainey was the son of a colorful character who was, among many other things, a champion of local dance contests. As a boy, Rainey was painfully shy, but found an outlet in school plays. He pursued stage work in regional companies, then went to New York to study with the legendary Michael Chekhov. He worked numerous "civilian" jobs while attempting to make a career as an actor, including work as a logger, a lineman, and a licensed carpenter. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, then went to California where he helped start the Ojai Valley Players and then acted in his first film in 1949. He became a familiar face in films and television shows of all sorts during the next five decades while maintaining a deep attachment to the theatre. In his ninetieth year, he played Giles Corey in "The Crucible" at Theatricum Botanicum, the Topanga, California theatre founded by his friend, the late Will Geer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (1)

Sheila Hayden (4 March 1954 - 25 July 2005) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (9)

His austere, authoritative looks were perfect for playing presidents, which he did several times during his career.
Children: sons James and Robert; daughter Kathleen.
Before he was able to make a full-time living as an actor he held a variety of other jobs, including logger, lineman, fruit picker, fisherman and clam digger.
Mother was a schoolteacher.
Graduated from Centralia Junior College in Washington State and the Cornish Drama School in Seattle.
Was an excellent horseman and fencer which served him well in westerns and dashing adventures.
Tended beehives at his Malibu ranch house in later years. He owned his own solar heater and earned the nickname "The Wizard" from neighborhood children. At age 90 he was breeding birds and won trophies from several Southern California competitions.
Served in the US Coast Guard during World War II.
With friend Woody Chambliss, he helped found the Ojai Valley Players, a theatrical group in Ojai, California, where he lived after the war.

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