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Nicholas Ray (I) (1911–1979)


Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle 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 such ... See full bio »

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

Known For

Rebel Without a Cause
(1955)
The American Friend
(1977)
Hair
Hair The General
(1979)
The Savage Innocents
(1960)

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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 Cagney] Jimmy not only has a great serenity, such as I've not seen in an actor outside of Walter Huston, he has a great love of the earth and of his fellow man, an understanding of loneliness. See more »

Trivia:

Of his own films, his personal favorite was Rebel Without a Cause (1955), which is also easily his most commercially successful film. Ray was also proud of his work on They Live by Night (1948), and the fact that he had been able to "wing it" on The Lusty Men (1952). He admitted that In a Lonely Place (1950) was "a very personal film". See more »

Trademark:

Often contrasts frustrating city life with nature, which usually brings inner peace to his protagonists See more »

Nickname:

Nick

Star Sign:

Leo

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