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Ray Collins ACTOR


Ray Collins was born on December 10th, 1889 in Sacramento, California, born to Lillie Bidwell and William C. Collins.  He first developed an interest in acting as a teenager and soon began to find work as a stage and radio actor.
He is most well known for his role on the television series, "Perry Mason" starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Talman and William Hopper and portraying Lt. Arthur Tragg.  His career really began to take off when he began working on radio with Orson Welles Mercury Theatre.  He soon became a regular on, "The Mercury Theatre on the Air" Program.
By the early 40's he began to add a number of film credits to his resume such as, "Citizen Kane" (1941) starring Orson Welles, "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942), "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945), the Academy Award winner for Best Picture "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) starring Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Virginia Mayo and Teresa Wright, "Crack Up" (1946) starring Pat O'Brien and Claire Trevor, "The Man from Colorado" (1948) starring Glenn Ford, William Holden and Ellen Drew, "The Desert Song" (1953) starring Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae and Raymond Massey, "Touch of Evil" (1958) starring Charlton Heston and Orson Welles and his final film role was in 1960 on, "I'll Give My Life" with Angie Dickinson.
In addition to his many film roles he also appeared on a variety of television series such as, "The Halls Of Ivy", "Father Knows Best", "Playhouse 90", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "You Are There" and "Climax!".
Ray Collins married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Margaret Marriott but this marriage ended in 1924.  He then married, Joan E. Oron in 1926 and they remained together until he passed away on July 11th, 1965 in Santa Monica, California after suffering from emphysema at the age of seventy five.


1960   I'll Give My Life

1958   Touch of Evil 

1957   Spoilers of the Forest 

1957   Playhouse 90

1956   The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial

1956   Alfred Hitchcock Presents

1956   Zane Grey Theater

1955-1956  Science Fiction Theatre 

1956   Father Knows Best

1956   The Solid Gold Cadillac

1956   Real George

1954-1956  Lux Video Theatre

1956   Studio One in Hollywood 

1956   Ford Star Jubilee 

1955-1956  The 20th Century-Fox Hour

1956   Never Say Goodbye 

1956   Front Row Center

1956   The Go-Getter

1955   Texas Lady

1955   The Desperate Hours 

1954-1955  The Halls of Ivy 

1955   You Are There

1955   Climax! 

1954   Athena

1954   Rose Marie 

1953   Bad for Each Other

1953   Cavalcade of America

1953   The Kid from Left Field 

1953   The Desert Song

1953   Column South

1953   Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation

1952   Dreamboat

1952   Young Man with Ideas

1952   Invitation 

1951   I Want You 

1951   The Racket

1951   Reunion in Reno

1951   Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm 

1951   You're in the Navy Now

1951   Vengeance Valley

1950   Summer Stock

1950   The Reformer and the Redhead

1950   Kill the Umpire 

1950   Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town

1950   Francis 

1950   Paid in Full

1949   Free for All 

1949   The Heiress

1949   The Fountainhead 

1949   It Happens Every Spring 

1949   Red Stallion in the Rockies

1949   The Price of Freedom

1949   Hideout 

1948   Command Decision

1948   Good Sam

1948   For the Love of Mary

1948   The Man from Colorado

1948   Homecoming 

1948   The Swordsman

1947   The Senator Was Indiscreet 

1947   A Double Life

1947   The Red Stallion

1947   The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

1947   Trail Street

1946   The Return of Monte Cristo 

1946   The Best Years of Our Lives 

1946   Three Wise Fools

1946   Crack-Up 

1946   Boys' Ranch 

1946   Night in Paradise 

1946   Badman's Territory 

1946   Two Years Before the Mast

1946   Miss Susie Slagle's 

1946   Up Goes Maisie 

1945   Leave Her to Heaven 

1945   The Hidden Eye

1945   The Unseen 

1945   Roughly Speaking 

1944   Can't Help Singing

1944   Barbary Coast Gent

1944   The Seventh Cross

1944   The Eve of St. Mark

1944   The Hitler Gang 

1944   Main Street Today 

1944   See Here, Private Hargrove

1943   Whistling in Brooklyn

1943   Madame Curie 

1943   Salute to the Marines 

1943   Crime Doctor

1943   Slightly Dangerous 

1943   The Human Comedy 

1942   Commandos Strike at Dawn 

1942   The Navy Comes Through 

1942   Highways by Night

1942   The Big Street 

1942   The Magnificent Ambersons 

1941   Citizen Kane

1932   The Trans-Atlantic Mystery 

1932   The Side Show Mystery

1932   Hot Dog 

1932   His Honor - Penrod 

1932   Detectuvs 

1931   One Good Deed 

1931   Season's Greetings 

1931   Snakes Alive

1931   One Way Out 

1931   Words & Music 

1930   The Pest of Honor

Matinee Classics - You're in the Navy Now starring Gary Cooper, Jane Greer, Millard Mitchell, Eddie Albert, John McIntyre, Ray Collins, Jack Webb, Richard Erdman, Charles Bronson, Harry Von Zell, Ed Begley, Harvey Lembeck, Lee Marvin and Jack Warden
Matinee Classics - The Human Comedy starring Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Fay Bainter, Ray Collins, Van Johnson, Donna Reed, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Dorothy Morris, John Craven, Anne Ayars, Mary Nash, Henry O'Neill, Katharine Alexander, Alan Baxter, Darryl Hickman, Barry Nelson, Rita Quigley, Clem Bevans, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Don DeFore and Robert Mitchum
Matinee Classics - Miracle on 34th Street starring Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright, Thomas Mitchell, Sandy Descher, Dick Foran, Hans Conried, Ray Collins, John Abbott, Don Beddoe and Whit Bissell
Matinee Classics - Never Say Goodbye starring Rock Hudson, Cornell Borchers, George Sanders, Shelley Fabares, Ray Collins, David Janssen, Helen Wallace, John Wengraf, Raymond Greenleaf, Max Showalter, John Banner, Jerry Paris, Else Neft and Clint Eastwood
Matinee Classics - Summer Stock starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main, Phil Silvers, Ray Collins, Nita Bieber, Carleton Carpenter and Hans Conried
Matinee Classics - The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins, Harry Davenport, Johnny Sands, Don Beddoe and Lillian Randolph
Matinee Classics - The Best Years of Our Lives starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen, Ray Collins, Minna Gombell, Walter Baldwin, Steve Cochran and Dorothy Adams

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