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Nicholas Ray (I) (1911–1979)


Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle, Jr. in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year, but made ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Rebel Without a Cause
(1955)
In a Lonely Place
(1950)
Johnny Guitar
Johnny Guitar Director
(1954)
King of Kings
King of Kings Director
(1961)

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 1980 Lightning Over Water (Documentary) (as Nick Ray)
 1978 Marco (Short)
 1974 Wet Dreams (segment "The Janitor")
 1961 King of Kings
 1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series) (1 episode)
- High Green Wall (1959)
 1958 Party Girl
 1956 Hot Blood
 1955 Run for Cover
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1 episode)
- High Green Wall (1954)
 1954 Johnny Guitar
 1952 Androcles and the Lion (uncredited)
 1952 The Lusty Men
 1952 Macao (uncredited)
 1951 The Racket (uncredited)
 1949 Roseanna McCoy (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Beggar's Holiday. Musical. Music by 'Duke Ellington,'. Book by John La Touche. Lyrics by John La Touche. Musical Director: Max Meth. Orchestrations under personal supervision of Billy Strayhorn. Based on "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay. Lyrics of "Brown Penny" based on poem by William Butler Yeats. Choreographed by Valerie ... See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nick Ray

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on James Dean] The conflict between giving himself and fear of giving in to his own feelings; a vulnerability so deeply embedded that one is instantly moved, almost disturbed by it. See more »

Trivia:

He worked with principally younger cast members throughout his career and always preferred hanging out with them, sharing beers with James Dean. See more »

Trademark:

His films frequently explore the dark, twisted underbelly of everday suburbia See more »

Nickname:

Nick

Star Sign:

Leo

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