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Date of Birth 31 May 1939Southgate, Middlesex, London, England, UK
Date of Death 20 August 2003London, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameAndrew Olden
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Andrew Ray was born on May 31, 1939 in Southgate, Middlesex, London, England as Andrew Olden. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mudlark (1950), Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) and The Yellow Balloon (1953). He was married to Susan Burnett. He died on August 20, 2003 in London.

Spouse (1)

Susan Burnett (1959 - 20 August 2003) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

Son of actor Ted Ray.
Andrew Ray was a republican; ironically his best remembered roles concern the monarchy. His first film was as Wheeler in The Mudlark (1950) with Irene Dunne as Queen Victoria. On TV he will be remembered as Albert, Duke of York who became George VI in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978), he then played his brother the Duke of Windsor in Passion and Paradise (1989).
In films by happenstance at age 10 when he was tested and chosen by Ben Lyon, who was initially interested in casting Andrew's older brother Robin Ray for the orphan lead in The Mudlark (1950). Robin proved too tall for the role and Andrew got the part.
The son of radio and stage comedian Ted Ray, Andrew was born during his father's first broadcast.
Started out at Franklin prep school before leaving and entering films.
Married Rhodesian-born wife, Susan Burnett, an actress, in 1959 over the objections of his father. The couple separated in 1970 but never divorced and remained on friendly terms. They had a son and a daughter.
Washed up in films at age 26, he tried to kill himself in 1965 but recovered and returned to the theater two years later where he received critical applause for his work in "Howards End."
Was involved in two nearly-fatal car crashes at the age of 17 after buying sports cars from a trust fund.
An avid mediator and outspoken political liberal, he caused an uproar in Rhodesia in 1976, where he was appearing in a play, for his statements promoting racial equality. After Rhodesia achieved independence, the country became Zimbabwe.
Younger brother of Robin Ray.
A front runner for the regular role of "Del Tarrant" in Blakes 7 (1978).
Brother-in-law of Susan Stranks.

Personal Quotes (1)

My education really stopped at [age] 10. How can you go back to school and remain unchanged when you've suddenly become a film star?

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