Ray Collins (I) (1889–1965)

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Ray Bidwell Collins was an American actor in film, stage, radio and television. One of his best remembered roles was that of Lt. Arthur Tragg in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Collins was born in Sacramento, California, to Lillie Bidwell and William C. Collins, a newspaper drama editor. He started acting on stage at the age of 14. In ... See full bio »

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Citizen Kane James W. Gettys
Touch of Evil District Attorney Adair
The Heiress Jefferson Almond


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 1957-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Police Lt. Arthur Tragg / Lt. Tragg
- The Case of the Mischievous Doll (1965) ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Wrongful Writ (1965) ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Grinning Gorilla (1965) ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Duplicate Case (1965) ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
- The Case of the Gambling Lady (1965) ... Police Lt. Arthur Tragg (credit only)
 1960 I'll Give My Life
John Bradford
 1958 Touch of Evil
District Attorney Adair
 1957 Spoilers of the Forest
Eric Warren
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Harris Clayton
- Invitation to a Gunfighter (1957) ... Harris Clayton
 1956 The Go-Getter
J.P. Miller (sometimes called J.B. Miller)
 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
- The Trial of Mary Surratt (1956) ... Corbett
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Herbert Brenner
- Conversation Over a Corpse (1956) ... Herbert Brenner
 1956 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Evan Gracie
- The Long Road Home (1956) ... Evan Gracie
 1955-1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Paul Sinclair / Prof. Hugh Fredericks / Dr. Milton Otis
- Sound That Kills (1956) ... Dr. Paul Sinclair
- Target Hurricane (1955) ... Prof. Hugh Fredericks
- The Frozen Sound (1955) ... Dr. Milton Otis
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Dean Walton
- Betty Goes to College (1956) ... Dean Walton
 1956 Studio One (TV Series)
Gen. Sam Woolery
- The Star-Spangled Soldier (1956) ... Gen. Sam Woolery
 1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac
Alfred Metcalfe
 1956 Real George (TV Movie)
 1954-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Max / Barton Keyes
- A Marriage Day (1956) ... Max
- Double Indemnity (1954) ... Barton Keyes
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Oliver Webb
- Twentieth Century (1956) ... Oliver Webb
 1955-1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Callicott / Judge Harper
- Gun in His Hand (1956) ... Callicott
- The Miracle on 34th Street (1955) ... Judge Harper
 1956 Never Say Goodbye
Dr. Bailey
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
- The Challenge (1956) ... Crocker
 1955 Texas Lady
Mica Ralston
 1955 The Desperate Hours
Sheriff Masters
 1954-1955 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
Professor Merriwether / Prof. Merriwether / Professsor Merriwether / ...
- The Dean of Women (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- Hooliganism (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- Dr. Spatzen (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- Maxwell's Comet (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
- The Voice of Ivy's Vine (1955) ... Professor Merriwether
 1955 You Are There (TV Series)
P.T. Barnum
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Jerome Harris
- The Champion (1955) ... Jerome Harris
 1954 Athena
Mr. Tremaine
 1954 Rose Marie
Inspector Appleby
 1953 Bad for Each Other
Dan Reasonover
 1953 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Daniel Webster
- The Last Will of Daniel Webster (1953) ... Daniel Webster
 1953 The Kid from Left Field
Fred F. Whacker
 1953 Column South
Brig. Gen. Storey
 1953 The Desert Song
Gen. Birabeau
 1952 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
Jonathan Parker
 1952 Dreamboat
Timothy Stone
 1952 Young Man with Ideas
Edmund Jethrow
 1952 Invitation
Dr. Warren Pritchard
 1951 I Want You
Judge Turner
 1951 The Racket
D.A. Mortimer X. Welsh
 1951 Reunion in Reno
Judge Thomas Kneeland
 1951 Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
Jonathan Parker
 1951 You're in the Navy Now
Rear Admiral L.C. Tennant
 1951 Vengeance Valley
Arch Strobie
 1950 Summer Stock
Jasper G. Wingait
 1950 The Reformer and the Redhead
Commodore John Baldwin Parker
 1950 Kill the Umpire
Jonah Evans
 1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Jonathan Parker (scenes deleted)
 1950 Francis
Colonel Hooker
 1950 Paid in Full
Dr. Fredericks
 1949 Free for All
A.B. Blair
 1949 The Heiress
Jefferson Almond
 1949 The Fountainhead
Roger Enright
 1949 It Happens Every Spring
Prof. Alfred Greenleaf
 1949 Red Stallion in the Rockies
Matthew 'Matt' Simpson
 1949 The Price of Freedom (Short)
Thomas Vollmer
 1949 Hideout
Arthur Burdett, alias Philip J. Fogarty
 1948 The Man from Colorado
Big Ed Carter
 1948 Command Decision
Maj. Desmond Lansing
 1948 For the Love of Mary
Harvey Elwood
 1948 Good Sam
Reverend Daniels
 1948 Homecoming
Lt. Col. Avery Silver
 1948 The Swordsman
MacCoppin - A MacArden
 1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet
 1947 A Double Life
Victor Donlan
 1947 The Red Stallion
Perry Barton
 1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Dr. Matthew Beemish
 1947 Trail Street
Opening Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited)
 1946 The Return of Monte Cristo
Emil Blanchard
 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
Mr. Milton
 1946 Crack-Up
Dr. Lowell
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Judge Watson
 1946 Boys' Ranch
David Banton
 1946 Badman's Territory
Col. Farewell
 1946 Night in Paradise
 1946 Miss Susie Slagle's
Dr. Elijah Howe
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
Gordon Stewart
 1946 Up Goes Maisie
Floyd Hendrickson
 1945 Leave Her to Heaven
Glen Robie
 1945 The Hidden Eye
Phillip Treadway
 1945 The Unseen
Off-screen narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1945 Roughly Speaking
Mr. John Chase Randall
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Sen. Martin Frost
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Johnny Adair
 1944 The Seventh Cross
 1944 The Eve of St. Mark
Deckman West
 1944 The Hitler Gang
Cardinal von Faulhaber
 1944 Main Street Today (Short)
Otis Bird
 1944 See Here, Private Hargrove
Brody S. Griffith
 1943 Madame Curie
Lecturer (voice, uncredited)
 1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
Grover Kendall
 1943 Salute to the Marines
Colonel Mason
 1943 Crime Doctor
Dr. John Carey
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
 1943 The Human Comedy
Mr. Macauley
 1942 Commandos Strike at Dawn
Johan Bergesen
 1942 The Navy Comes Through
Capt. McCall
 1942 Highways by Night
Ben Van Steel - Tommy's Uncle
 1942 The Big Street
Professor B
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
Jack Amberson
 1941 Citizen Kane
James W. Gettys
 1938 The Mercury Theatre on the Air (Podcast Series)
Abbé Faria / Prosecutor / Ben Gunn / ...
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1938) ... Abbé Faria
- A Tale of Two Cities (1938) ... Prosecutor
- Treasure Island (1938) ... Ben Gunn
- Dracula (1938) ... Russian Captain
 1933 You're Killing Me (Short)
 1932 The Trans-Atlantic Mystery (Short)
 1932 The Side Show Mystery (Short)
 1932 Hot Dog (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1932 His Honor -- Penrod (Short)
George Schofield
 1932 Detectuvs (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1931 One Good Deed (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1931 The Season's Greetings (Short)
Penrod's Father
 1931 Words & Music (Short)
Mr. Lambert (uncredited)
 1931 Snakes Alive (Short)
Mr. Schofield (uncredited)
 1931 Masquerade (Short)
 1931 One Way Out (Short)
Police Sergeant on Bicycle (uncredited)
 1930 The Pest of Honor (Short)
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Even though he was forced to quit playing Lt. Tragg on Perry Mason (1957) during the 1963-1964 television season due to his worsening emphysema, Collins' name was kept on the credits at the insistence of Raymond Burr. This was done not only to help keep his spirits up, but to allow him to continue to receive health coverage from SAG. See more »

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