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Gene Raymond ACTOR


Gene Raymond was born on August 13th, 1908 in New York City, New York with the birth name Raymond Guion.  As a teen he studied at the Professional Children's School and also began gaining some experience as a stage actor appearing in such productions as, "Rip Van Winkle" and "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch".
At only seventeen years old, Raymond was given the chance to appear on Broadway in the play, "The Cradle Snatchers".  He worked as a stage actor on a number of other productions before finally having his film screen debut in 1931 on, "Personal Maid".
Soon he began to add other film credits to his resume such as, "If I Had a Million" (1932) starring Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, Charlie Ruggles, Roscoe Karns, Jack Oakie and W.C. Fields, "Red Dust" (1932) co-string Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Mary Astor, "Zoo in Budapest" (1933) starring alongside Loretta Young and Paul Fix, "Ex Lady" (1933) with Bette Davis Fank McHugh, "Flying Down to Rio" (1933) starring with Doores del Rio, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, "I Am Suzanne" (1934) with Leslie Banks and Lilian Harvey and "Sadie McKee" (1934) also starring Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone and Edward Arnold.
During World War II, Raymond took a break from acting to serve as a pilot in the United States Army Air Force.  He worked overseas in England during 1942 and then returned to the United States in 1943 and following the war coming to an end, Raymond remained with the United States Air Force Reserve not retiring until 1968 as a colonel.
Other films he added to his credits included, "Cross Country Romance" (1940) starring with Hedda Hopper, Wendy Barrie and an uncredited Alan Ladd at the beginning of his short yet illustrious career, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (1941) starring Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery and Jack Carson, "The Locket" (1946) starring with Laraine Day, Brian Aherne and Robert Mitchum and "Million Dollar Weekend" (1948).  He also appeared on a variety of television series throughout his career such as, "The Name of the Game", "Ironside", "Hondo", "Laredo", "Playhouse 90", "Climax!", "The Defenders", "My Living Doll", "Burke's Law", "The Outer Limits" and "The Red Skelton Hour" among many others. 
In addition to his film work, he also wrote such songs as, 'Will You?' and was also a well a composer, director and producer.  He wrote, directed and starred in "Million Dollar Weekend" (1948) and the television series, "Fireside Theatre" (1949).   
Gene Raymond was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture and Television Industry. 
Gene Raymond married twice throughout his lifetime, first to actor and singer Jeanette MacDonald whom he wed in 1937 and they remained together until she passed away in 1965.  He then married Nel Bentley Hees in 1974 and they remained together until 1995 when she passed away.  He never had any children and rumor had it, Raymond was bi-sexual.  He passed away on May 2nd, 1998 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from pneumonia.

1975   The Invisible Man

1974   Apple's Way
1972   Emergency!

1971   The D.A.

1970   The F.B.I. 
1970   The Interns

1970   Five Bloody Graves 

1970   Paris 7000 
1969   Mannix 

1969   The Name of the Game 

1969   The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 
1968   Ironside 

1967   Hondo 

1967   Judd for the Defense 
1967   The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 

1966   Laredo

1963-1965  The Defenders 
1965   The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 

1964   The Hanged Man 

1964   My Living Doll 
1964   I'd Rather Be Rich 

1964   Burke's Law 

1964   The Best Man
1963   The Outer Limits 

1963   Channing 

1963   The Dick Powell Theatre
1962   Sam Benedict

1962   Armstrong Circle Theatre

1960-1962  Insight 
1959-1961  The United States Steel Hour

1961   The Barbara Stanwyck Show

1960   Johnny Ringo
1959   Woman on the Run

1958   The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen 

1958   The Red Skelton Hour
1958   Climax! 

1957   Plunder Road 

1957   Playhouse 90 
1956   Hollywood Summer Theatre 

1956   Matinee Theatre 

1956   Ethel Barrymore Theater 
1956   General Electric Summer Originals 

1956   TV Reader's Digest

1956   The Ford Television Theatre 
1952-1955  Lux Video Theatre

1955   The Loretta Young Show

1953-1955  Fireside Theatre
1955   Hit the Deck

1955   Ponds Theater

1953-1954  Schlitz Playhouse 
1953   Medallion Theatre 

1953   The Philip Morris Playhouse

1952   Broadway Television Theatre
1952   Tales of Tomorrow

1950-1952  Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 

1952   Robert Montgomery Presents
1951   The Amazing Mr. Malone

1950   The Bigelow Theatre

1948   Million Dollar Weekend
1948   Sofia

1948   Assigned to Danger

1946   The Locket
1941   Smilin' Through

1941   Mr. & Mrs. Smith

1940   Cross-Country Romance
1938   Stolen Heaven

1937   She's Got Everything

1937   The Life of the Party 
1937   There Goes My Girl 

1936   That Girl from Paris

1936   Smartest Girl in Town
1936   Walking on Air

1936   The Bride Walks Out 

1936   Love on a Bet
1935   Seven Keys to Baldpate 

1935   Transient Lady

1935   The Woman in Red 
1934   Behold My Wife

1934   Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round 

1934   Sadie McKee 
1934   Coming-Out Party 

1933   I Am Suzanne

1933   Flying Down to Rio 
1933   The House on 56th Street

1933   Brief Moment 

1933   Ann Carver's Profession 
1933   Ex-Lady

1933   Zoo in Budapest

1932   If I Had a Million
1932   Red Dust

1932   The Night of June 13th 

1932   Forgotten Commandments
1931   Ladies of the Big House

1931   Personal Maid 

Matinee Classics - Million Dollar Weekend starring Gene Raymond, Francis Lederer, Osa Massen, Robert Warwick, James Crown and Patricia Shay
Matinee Classics - Smilin' Through starring Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, Ian Hunter, Frances Robinson, Patrick O'Moore, Eric Lonsdale, Jackie Horner, David Clyde, Frances Carson and Ruth Rickaby
Matinee Classics - Sofia starring Gene Raymond, Sigrid Gurie, Patricia Morison, Mischa Auer, George Baxter, John Wengraf, Charles Rooner, Luz Alba, Fernando Wagner, Egon Zappert, Hamil Petroff and Peter O'Crotty

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