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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (complications of a stroke)
Birth NameEugene Anthony Ray
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born on May 24, 1962, in Harlem. Attended Julia Richmond High School, where he performed in a dance class, and later auditioned for Louis Falco, the choreographer for the film, Fame (1980). Actually attended New York's "High School of the Performing Arts" for a year, before being kicked out. He was, therefore, perfectly cast as "Leroy" in the film, which won Academy Awards for best song and original score. Like his character in the film, Ray had never had professional dance training but had an abundance of raw talent. In 1982, he toured Britain, to perform with other "Fame" cast members in 10 concerts. Fame: The Kids from Fame in Concert (1983), a television special about the tour, was broadcast in the United States, a year later.

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Trivia (8)

In real life, he was expelled from the "New York School for the Performing Arts", where the series, Fame (1982), was set.
Born in Harlem, he landed the part of "Leroy" in Alan Parker's film, Fame (1980), when he was 17, after skipping school to go to the auditions.
Known for his wild, rebellious character Leroy in the TV series Fame (1982), the similarly-styled Gene attended New York's High School of the Performing Arts, but dropped out after a year due to the strict discipline.
Appeared in a "Fame" reunion documentary entitled, "Fame Remember My Name," which was taped in April 2003 for the BBC.
He was HIV-positive at the time he suffered a stroke in June, 2003. He died a few months later on November 14.
In 1982 he toured the UK to perform with other Fame (1982) cast members in ten concerts. A compilation of footage from the concerts was edited together as an episode of the series, Fame: The Kids from Fame in Concert (1983), which was broadcast in the United States a year after the concerts.
According to Selma Rubin, who managed him for 24 years, his last video project is a one-hour BBC "Fame" reunion documentary, "Fame Remember My Name", which was taped in Los Angeles in April 2003, which aired shortly after his death in the United Kingdom.
Lived on West 153rd Street. After he gained stardom for his roles in Fame (1980) and Fame (1982), he left school to pursue his career.

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