Nicholas Ray (I) (1911–1979)


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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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(1955)
(1977)
(1950)
Hair The General
(1979)

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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 | 4 Portrayals | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nick Ray

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:

Betty Utey  (divorced)  (2 children) | See more »
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As a human being, Joan Crawford is a great actress. See more »

Trivia:

Children: producer Anthony Ray, cameraman Timothy Ray (mother is Gloria Grahame), actress Nica Ray, and Julie Ray. See more »

Trademark:

His protagonists were usually troubled loners who cannot fit in with society, and his films greatly sympathize with them. See more »

Nickname:

Nick

Star Sign:

Leo

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