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Charles Ray (I) (1891–1943)


Ray portrayed simple unaffected country bumpkins in silent rural melodramas. Unfortunately, Ray let Hollywood turn him into a headstrong egotist. Alienating most producers, he put up his own money to finance a major feature called The Courtship of Myles Standish (1923). The film was a miserable failure that wiped out Ray's fortune. Comeback ... See full bio »

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 1944 An American Romance
Extra (uncredited)
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Opera Patron (uncredited)
 1942 Tennessee Johnson
Senator (uncredited)
 1942 The Postman Didn't Ring
Juror (uncredited)
 1942 The Magnificent Dope (uncredited)
 1942 Mrs. Miniver
Man getting on Bus (uncredited)
 1942 The Mad Martindales
Barbershop Customer (uncredited)
 1942 Rio Rita
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
 1941 Harvard, Here I Come!
Reporter (uncredited)
 1941 Appointment for Love
Butler (uncredited)
 1941 Married Bachelor
Man in Lounge Room Getting Bagpipes (uncredited)
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F.
American business executive (uncredited)
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
 1941 Hurry, Charlie, Hurry
Photographer (uncredited)
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1941 The Man Who Lost Himself (uncredited)
 1940 A Little Bit of Heaven
Uncle Wes
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
Charlie Smith - Assistant Director
 1935 Welcome Home
Andrew Carr
 1934 Ticket to a Crime
Courtney Mallory
 1934 By Your Leave
Leonard Purcell
 1934 Ladies Should Listen
Henri, the porter
 1934 School for Girls
Duke
 1933 Stolen by Gypsies or Beer and Bicycles (Short)
Elmer Updike
 1928 The Garden of Eden
Richard Dupont
 1927 The American
 1927 Vanity
Lt. Lloyd Van Courtland
 1927 Getting Gertie's Garter
Ken Walrick
 1927 Nobody's Widow
Honorable John Clayton
 1926 The Fire Brigade
Terry O'Neil
 1926 Paris
Jerry
 1926/I Sweet Adeline
Ben Wilson
 1925 Some Pun'kins
Lem Blossom
 1923 Ponjola
 1922 Robin Hood
Extra (uncredited)
 1922 Alias Julius Caesar
Billy Barnes
 1922 Double Crossed (Short)
 1922 Mystery of the Mission (Short)
 1922 After the Storm (Short)
 1922 African Love (Short)
 1922 Gas, Oil and Water
George Oliver Watson
 1922 Saved from the Depths (Short)
 1921 Two Minutes to Go
Chester Burnett
 1921 The Old Swimmin' Hole
Ezra Hull
 1920 Peaceful Valley
Hosiah Howe
 1920 45 Minutes from Broadway
Kid Burns
 1920 Homer Comes Home
Homer Cavender
 1920 Paris Green
Luther Green
 1919 Crooked Straight
Ben Trimble
 1919 The Busher
Ben Harding
 1919 Greased Lightning
Andy Fletcher
 1919 The Sheriff's Son
Royal Beaudry
 1918 Staking His Life
Frank Hamilton
 1918 String Beans
Toby Watkins
 1918 A Liberty Bond Plea (Short)
A farm boy
 1918 The Law of the North
Alain de Montcalm
 1918 His Own Home Town
Jimmy Duncan
 1918 Playing the Game
Larry Prentiss
 1918 The Family Skeleton
Billy Bates
 1917 His Mother's Boy
Matthew Denton
 1917 The Son of His Father
Gordon Carbhoy
 1917 Sudden Jim
James Ashe, Jr.
 1917 The Millionaire Vagrant
Steven Du Peyster
 1917 The Pinch Hitter
Joel Parker
 1917 Skinner's Dress Suit (unconfirmed)
 1917 The Weaker Sex
Jack Harding
 1916 The Honorable Algy
The Honorable Algy
 1916 A Corner in Colleens
Richard Taylor
 1916 Plain Jane
Mr. 'John Sophomore Adams'
 1916 The Wolf Woman
Rex Walden
 1916 Home
Bob Wheaton
 1916 Peggy
Colin Cameron
 1915 The Painted Soul
Barnard
 1915 City of the Dead (Short)
Cecil Weatherby
 1915/I The Coward
Frank Winslow
 1915 The Lure of Woman
Captain Lane (unconfirmed)
 1915 The Ace of Hearts (Short)
Jean Desmond (as Charles E. Ray)
 1915 The Conversion of Frosty Blake (Short)
Reverend Horace Brightray
 1915 The Shoal Light (Short)
John Coates
 1915 The Renegade (Short)
Captain Marley
 1915 The Cup of Life
John Ward
 1915 The Spirit of the Bell (Short)
Pedro Romez
 1915 The Wells of Paradise (Short)
Tom Dolan
 1915 The Grudge (Short)
Dick Wayne
 1915 In the Tennessee Hills (Short)
Jim Carson
 1914 The Fortunes of War (Short)
Carlos Romez
 1914 Not of the Flock (Short)
Rev. David Boylan
 1914 The City of Darkness (Short)
Donald Warner - the Governor's Brother
 1914 The Friend (Short)
Grant Keller
 1914 The Power of the Angelus (Short)
Juan Puyan
 1914 The Word of His People (Short)
Lieutenant Drake Scranton
 1914 One of the Discard (Short)
Jack Denning
 1914 The Silver Bell (Short)
Captain Gometz
 1914 The Gangsters and the Girl (Short)
Detective John Stone
 1914 The Thunderbolt (Short)
David Corson
 1914 The City (Short)
John Hodges
 1914 The Curse of Humanity (Short)
Roger Collins
 1914 Desert Thieves (Short)
Dave Graham
 1914 The Latent Spark (Short)
Tom Loomis
 1914 In the Cow Country (Short)
Jack Mason
 1914 The Card Sharps (Short)
Harris
 1914 The Rightful Heir (Short)
Phelim O'Neil
 1914 Shorty's Sacrifice (Short)
Tom Simms
 1914 The Squire's Son (Short)
 1914 Desert Gold (Short)
Jim Hardy
 1914 The Path of Genius (Short)
John Ruskin
 1914 For the Wearing of the Green (Short)
Michael Finn
 1914 Repaid (Short)
Pedro
 1914 For Her Brother's Sake (Short)
John Frye - the Brother
 1914/II The Cure (Short)
James Murphy (unconfirmed)
 1914 Narcotic Spectre (Short)
 1914 A Military Judas (Short)
Jack Warren
 1913 Eileen of Erin (Short)
Dennis Morrissey
 1913/I The Open Door (Short)
The Brother
 1913 The Soul of the South (Short)
Jim Page
 1913 The Buried Past (Short)
Tom Winters - the Lover
 1913 The Witch of Salem (Short)
John Hastings
 1913 For Mother's Sake (Short)
 1913 The Black Sheep (Short)
Jim Foster
 1913 Exoneration (Short)
 1913 The Bondsman (Short)
The Bondsman
 1913 The Gambler's Pal (Short)
 1913 The House of Bondage (Short)
Nathan Cabot - Hope's Sweetheart
 1913 The Red Mask (Short)
Red Mask
 1913 Old Mammy's Secret Code (Short)
David
 1913 The Transgressor (Short)
Jim
 1913/I The Boomerang (Short)
Lt. Calhoun
 1913 Joe Hibbard's Claim (Short)
Joe Hibbard
 1913 Bread Cast Upon the Waters (Short)
Lt. Stone
 1913 The Grey Sentinel (Short)
Hal Peters
 1913 The Sinews of War (Short)
John Herzog
 1913 The Sergeant's Secret (Short)
Lt. Jim Brice
 1913 The Lost Dispatch (Short)
Bill Hartman - Nell's Brother
 1913 The Barrier (Short)
Wade - the Young Lieutenant
 1913 The Sharpshooter (Short)
Jack Krone - a Young Blacksmith
 1913 The Favorite Son (Short)
Jim King
 1911 The Fortunes of War (Short)
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