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Raymond Massey (I) (1896–1983)

Educated at the University of Toronto & Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the Canadian Field Artillery in World War I, served in France & was wounded. His first appearance was in a stage production in Siberia, during its occupation by American Forces in 1918. Raymond returned to Canada & the farm implement business after the war, but footlights ... See full bio »

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Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace Jonathan Brewster
East of Eden
East of Eden Adam Trask
Abe Lincoln in Illinois
A Matter of Life and Death


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 1973 My Darling Daughters' Anniversary (TV Movie)
Matthew Cunningham
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Secretary of State Freeman Sharkey
 1972 All My Darling Daughters (TV Movie)
Matthew Cunningham
 1971-1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Dr. Glendon / Colonel Archie Dittman (segment "Clean Kills and Other Trophies")
- Rare Objects (1972) ... Dr. Glendon
- Make Me Laugh/Clean Kills and Other Trophies (1971) ... Colonel Archie Dittman (segment "Clean Kills and Other Trophies")
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
The Preacher
 1967 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
The Inquisitor
 1960-1967 Insight (TV Series)
POW in Communist China
- Why Does God Allow Men to Suffer? (1967) ... POW in Communist China
- Cross in Crisis (1962)
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
B. Elzie Bubb
- The Faustus Affair (1966) ... B. Elzie Bubb
 1961-1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Leonard Gillespie / Graham Lanier
- Reckoning (1966) ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
- New Doctor in Town (1966) ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
- Strange Sort of Accident (1966) ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
- Mercy or Murder (1966) ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
- Travel a Crooked Road (1966) ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Leonard Gillespie
- Four Feet in the Morning (1963) ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
 1962 How the West Was Won
Abraham Lincoln
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Amos Claypool
- Two Counts of Murder (1962) ... Amos Claypool
 1961 The Queen's Guards
Captain Fellowes
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Captain William Brooks
- Command at Sea (1961) ... Captain William Brooks
 1961 Our American Heritage (TV Series)
President Abraham Lincoln
- Not in Vain (1961) ... President Abraham Lincoln
 1961 The Fiercest Heart
Willem Prinsloo
 1961 The Great Impostor
Abbott Donner
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Montezuma IX
- Princess of a Lost Tribe (1960) ... Montezuma IX
 1960 Riverboat (TV Series)
Sir Oliver Garnett
- Trunk Full of Dreams (1960) ... Sir Oliver Garnett
 1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Malachi West
- Seed of Evil (1960) ... Malachi West
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Father Ricquoi
- The Cruel Day (1960) ... Father Ricquoi
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Sam Pine
- Road Hog (1959) ... Sam Pine
 1955-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Paul von Hindenburg / Lord Hook
- Hitler's Secret (1959) ... Paul von Hindenburg
- The Bounty Court Martial (1955) ... Lord Hook
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Amos Claypool
- Two Counts of Murder (1959) ... Amos Claypool
 1958 The Naked and the Dead
Gen. Cummings
 1958 Now That April's Here
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Sir George Sidney, MP
- Hanging Judge (1958) ... Sir George Sidney, MP
 1955-1957 I Spy (TV Series)
Anton the Spymaster / Anton, the Spymaster / Host / ...
- Across the Border (1957) ... Anton, the Spymaster / Host
- Betrayal at West Point (1956) ... Anton the Spymaster
- The Amateur (1956) ... Anton the Spy Master
- Baby Spy (1955) ... Anton the Spymaster
- The Man Who Hated Dreyfus ... Anton the Spymaster
 1957 Omar Khayyam
The Shah
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Paul Hardwick
- The Curly Headed Kid (1957) ... Paul Hardwick
- A Matter of Life (1957)
 1955-1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
The Prime Minister / Stackpoole
- Mayerling (1957) ... The Prime Minister
- Yellow Jack (1955) ... Stackpoole
 1956 Man's Heritage (TV Series)
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Doc Woodward / Sir George Sidney
- Strange Hostage (1956) ... Doc Woodward
- The Hanging Judge (1956) ... Sir George Sidney
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- All Summer Long (1956)
 1952-1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Judge Benton / Dr. Clark Evans / Dr. Henry Craig
- Adam's Son (1956) ... Judge Benton
- The Tender Leaves of Hope (1955) ... Dr. Clark Evans
- For These Services (1954) ... Dr. Henry Craig
- Those in Favor (1952)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956) ... Abraham Lincoln
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
George Apley
- The Late George Apley (1955) ... George Apley
 1955 Seven Angry Men
John Brown
 1955 East of Eden
Adam Trask
 1955 Battle Cry
Maj. Gen. Snipes
 1955 Prince of Players
Junius Brutus Booth
 1953 The Desert Song
Sheik Yousseff
 1952 Carson City
Big Jack Davis
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Chain (1952)
 1951 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- The Linden Tree (1951)
 1951 Come Fill the Cup
John Ives
 1951 David and Bathsheba
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Abe Lincoln
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1951) ... Abe Lincoln
 1951 Sugarfoot
Jacob Stint
 1950 Dallas
Will Marlow
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1950) ... Abraham Lincoln
 1950 The Clock (TV Series)
 1950 Barricade
Boss Kruger
 1950 Chain Lightning
Leland Willis
 1948-1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Radfern / Clinton Jones
- Laburnum Grove (1950) ... Mr. Radfern
- Years Ago (1948) ... Clinton Jones
 1949 Roseanna McCoy
Old Randall McCoy
 1949 The Fountainhead
Gail Wynand
 1947 Mourning Becomes Electra
Brig. Gen. Ezra Mannon
 1947 Possessed
Dean Graham
 1946 A Matter of Life and Death
Abraham Farlan
 1945 God Is My Co-Pilot
Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault
 1945 Hotel Berlin
Arnim von Dahnwitz
 1944 The Woman in the Window
Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor
 1944 Arsenic and Old Lace
Jonathan Brewster
 1944 A Canterbury Tale
Narrator (US version) (voice, uncredited)
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic
Capt. Steve Jarvis
 1942 Desperate Journey
Major Otto Baumeister
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
King Cutler
 1941 Dangerously They Live
Dr. Ingersoll
 1941 49th Parallel
Andy Brock
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
John Brown
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Abe Lincoln
 1939 Footsteps in the Sand
Peter Charrington
 1938 The Drum
Prince Ghul
 1938 Picture Page (TV Series)
- Episode #1.120 (1938)
 1937 The Hurricane
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
Black Michael
 1937 Under the Red Robe
Cardinal Richelieu
 1937 Dreaming Lips
Miguel del Vayo
 1937 Fire Over England
King Philip II of Spain
 1936 Things to Come
John Cabal / Oswald Cabal
 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel
 1932 The Old Dark House
Philip Waverton
 1932 The Face at the Window
Paul le Gros
 1931 The Speckled Band
Sherlock Holmes
 1929 The Crooked Billet
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1929 High Treason
Member of Federated States Council (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Self (37 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (14 credits)

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Stage: Appeared (as "Mr. Zuss") in "J.B." on Broadway. Drama. Written by Archibald Macleish. Production Designed by Boris Aronson. Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard. Directed by Elia Kazan. ANTA Playhouse: 11 Dec 1958-24 Oct 1959 (364 performances). Cast: Christopher Plummer (as "Nickels"), Nan Martin (as "Sarah"), Lane Bradbury, Bert... See more »

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Played Abraham Lincoln a total of four times; once on TV, twice in the movies, as well as in the stage play "Abe Lincoln in Illinois.". Massey portrayed Abraham Lincoln on television in Ford Star Jubilee: The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956), opposite Lillian Gish as Mary Todd Lincoln, and in the films Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), and How the West Was Won (1962). In the film Prince of Players (1955)... See more »


His portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, whom he portrayed in four different dramatic productions, all by different authors.

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