Aldo Ray
Actor
Aldo Ray
Aldo Ray was an American actor.
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Maria's B-Movie Mayhem: Haunted - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
We learn of an Apache Indian woman named Abanaki (Ann Michelle) who has been falsely accused of stealing the horse belonging to a soldier (Aldo Ray) and who is subsequently punished for her crime by being tied topless to a horse and sent off into the
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It Should Happen to You - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... won her the Oscar for best actress over Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.; and the little-known gem The Marrying Kind (1952), an often dramatic, deeply human look at a working-class marriage, introducing Aldo Ray in a superbly artless performance
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DVD Extra: Sony's MOD -- Madman, madwoman, musical remakes - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Aldo Ray basically has the Ralph Bellamy role (an Alaskan millionaire here) in the not-bad screenplay by Mary Loos and Richard Sale. "Three for the Show'' (1955), filmed in handsome Technicolor and CinemaScope, is another musical remake,
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My amazing life among the Hollywood stars - Halifax Evening Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Aldo Ray: he was staying at the same hotel as our group on one of our tours so I got to know him quite well. He had worked with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in Pat and Mike (1952) and with Humphrey Bogart on We're No Angels in 1955 so I was very
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Isaak ready to man the switch at TCM - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
Aldo Ray, also high on Isaak's Hollywood hit parade, and Robert Ryan are the main men in "God's Little Acre." Orson Welles directed "Touch of Evil" and Andy Griffith's uncharacteristically villainous role attracted Isaak to "Face in the Crowd" (see
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More Details About Maria Kanellis' 'B Movie Mayhem' DVD Series - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
Maria will bring you the gory horror cult classic MARDI GRAS MASSACRE, the Native American horror flick HAUNTED with Aldo Ray, and Double-bills of SCREAM / BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD and LOVE ME DEADLY / CURIOUS CASE OF THE CAMPUS CORPSE
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Exhibit shows landscapes of past - The Augusta Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
5 will bring a showing of God's Little Acre , a 1958 adaptation of the Erskine Caldwell novel, starring Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise and Buddy Hackett. - The North Augusta Artists Guild will hold a sidewalk art show and sale Saturday from 10 am
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Wilmington on DVD: The Illusionist, Patton, Tracy and Hepburn - Isthmus
Google News - almost 6 years
Pat and Mike (A), US, George Cukor, 1949; with Aldo Ray, Jim Backus and Charles Bronson. Desk Set (B), US, George Seaton, 1957; with Dina Merrill and Gig Young. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (A), US, Stanley Kramer, 1967; with Sidney Poitier,
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Movies on TV, Today & Tonight - Regina Leader-Post
Google News - almost 6 years
4: 30 (39) >> "The Day They Robbed the Bank of England" Aldo Ray. Irish patriot and 1901 gang try for Bank of England gold. (1 hr., 30 mins.) (100)"One Angry Juror" Jessica Capshaw. A juror fights to prove that a defendant is innocent. (1 hr., 30 mins
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 6 years
8 P.M. (TCM) PRIME TIME FEATURE: 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOREAN WAR ''Men in War,'' Anthony Mann's 1957 masterpiece about two rival officers (Robert Ryan, above left, and Aldo Ray) who join forces to save their troops during a retreat from the North Koreans, kicks off this 15-film, 24-hour salute, which recalls the beginning of the Korean War on
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS'; Tarantino Avengers In Nazi Movieland
NYTimes - over 7 years
From the moment the charming, smiling, laughing Nazi in ''Inglourious Basterds,'' Quentin Tarantino's latest cinematic happening, sweeps onto the screen, he owns this film even more than its maker. Played by a little-known Austrian actor, Christoph Waltz, Col. Hans Landa is a vision of big-screen National Socialist villainy, from the smart cut of
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FILM; After Days of Cringing at the Screen, A Reason to Smile Sweetly
NYTimes - almost 8 years
The town may be somewhat quiet, despite the nightly red-carpet bedlam and the throbs of the occasional beach party, but the screens have been alive with the sights and sounds of horror. By the time the 62nd Cannes Film Festival ends on Sunday, audiences will have been subjected to an embarrassment of violent shocks: the whipping of one small child,
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What's On Today
NYTimes - over 8 years
9 P.M. (HBO) THE RECRUITER As it strives to maintain troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States Army is encountering a dramatic recruiting crisis. This documentary by Edet Belzberg follows the fervently patriotic Sgt. First Class Clay Usie as he works closely with four recruits in Houma, La., a small Cajun town of shrimpers and oil
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THE WEEK AHEAD: Aug. 27 - Sept. 2; FILM
NYTimes - over 10 years
Few blondes played dumb with more savvy than JUDY HOLLIDAY (1921-65). Possessed of an instrument she could blow as wildly as Ornette Coleman, Holliday squeaked and screeched into the public ear with her star-making turn as Billie Dawn in the 1946 Broadway production of Garson Kanin's ''BORN YESTERDAY.'' Four years later even more ears turned her
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FILM; Anthony Mann, Hollywood Soldier
NYTimes - over 12 years
THE Film Society of Lincoln Center is calling its gratifyingly large retrospective of the director Anthony Mann ''Dark Streets and Vast Horizons,'' a rubric that pretty accurately evokes the elusive, almost self-contradictory nature of this remarkable filmmaker's career. Those dark streets and those vast horizons refer to the genres in which Mann
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Film; When Crime No Longer Pays
NYTimes - over 15 years
SHOEHORNED rather awkwardly into the forthcoming film ''Bandits'' is an exchange between Cate Blanchett, as an unhappily married woman taken in tow by two bank robbers played by Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, and Mr. Willis, on the touchy subject of what his character does for a living. Indignantly disputing her suggestion that his actions
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MOVIES: CRITIC'S CHOICE
NYTimes - about 16 years
IT always seems to be raining in London in THE END OF THE AFFAIR (1999), Neil Jordan's intoxicating film version of Graham Greene's novel, but Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore managed to stay dry, perfectly pressed and immaculately gorgeous. They play the passionate wartime lovers who can barely tear themselves out of bed for bomb warnings. Stephen
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MOVIES: CRITIC'S CHOICE
NYTimes - over 16 years
''I DON'T think the producer has to know much,'' says John Travolta as Chili Palmer, a mobster who decides to become a movie mogul and finds he's more than qualified. GET SHORTY (1995), based on Elmore Leonard's best seller and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is satire at its sharpest. Rene Russo, gene Hackman and Delroy Lindo are in fine form. And
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - over 18 years
Four screen enhancements of stage works highlight the movie attractions this week. Under the seasoned direction of Gene Saks, Neil Simon's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (1967) retains the whimsical spirit of Broadway with a handsome array of Greenwich Village locals, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford as young honeymooners and Mildred Natwick and Charles Boyer
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FILM: THE ACTOR; An Action-Movie Hero Who Eludes the Label
NYTimes - over 19 years
EVEN BRUCE WILLIS SAYS THAT Bruce Willis is an unlikely movie star. ''When I was coming up, there were guys like Robert Redford and Paul Newman and Warren Beatty -- those were movie stars,'' he said. ''I never imagined -- '' His voice trailed off. ''It all got handed to me pretty quickly.'' Mr. Willis was speaking several weeks ago on one of the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Aldo Ray
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 64
    Ray remained in Crockett, with his mother and family and friends. On 19 February 1991 he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinez, 40 miles east of San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details He died of complications from throat cancer and pneumonia on 27 March. He was cremated and buried in Crockett, with a majority of the residents coming out to pay their respects. Ray was married several times: Author Richard Matheson said that his best-known work, The Incredible Shrinking Man, was inspired by a scene in Aldo Ray's Let's Do It Again in which a character puts on someone else's hat and it sinks down past his ears; "I thought, what if a man put on his own hat and that happened?" he recounted in an interview for Stephen King's non fiction work Danse Macabre. Quentin Tarantino says Aldo Ray would have been ideal casting for the character of Butch in Pulp Fiction (1994), and the look of Butch in the film (as played by Bruce Willis) was inspired by Ray.
  • 1990
    Age 63
    His last film was Shock 'Em Dead which was filmed in 1990 appearing with Traci Lords and Troy Donahue.
    More Details Hide Details The same year he was interviewed and said: I regret that I don't have more control of my tongue and thoughts--because I speak too frankly and too honestly, and this world is not meant for frank and honest people. They don't mix. Reality is pretty phony... I'm in great shape--got all my energy and strength back. I had surgery on my neck last March, and after one more session of the chemo--that's 50 more hours--the doctors say I'll have it all beat...I'm not scared of dying--it's how I die that matters. I'd rather live one good year than ten crappy years. And I think I've got some good pictures ahead of me if I can find the right roles. There's plenty of good stuff left in me, you know?
  • 1989
    Age 62
    In 1989 he was diagnosed with a malignant tumour.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 59
    In 1986 Ray's SAG membership was revoked when it was discovered he was acting in a non-union production, Lethal Injection.
    More Details Hide Details However Ray still got his union pension and benefits. His fee at this stage was $5,000 a week.
  • 1984
    Age 57
    Ray was originally cast in the role of Gurney Halleck in David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel Dune, but was replaced by Patrick Stewart due to ongoing issues with alcoholism.
    More Details Hide Details He made a number of films for Fred Olen Ray. "He'd give me $1000 in cash, pay my expenses, and I'd do a day's work," said Ray. "Somebody showed me one of his cassettes--'starring Aldo Ray'--but it was just a one-day job. I needed money at the time, and Fred knew I needed a buck, so I did it. He exploited me, yeah, but I was ripe for it."
  • 1983
    Age 56
    He returned to Crockett in 1983.
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  • 1981
    Age 54
    In 1981 Ray told a newspaper that his drinking was "under control" and "I think things are going to shoot straight up.
    More Details Hide Details I'm working on a deal now and if the picture is made my worries... are over... If things go the way I anticipate and I stay healthy I think I've got better years ahead of me than behind me." He said he was open to a return to politics "if my movie career doesn't take off like I think it will." He admitted being unhappy with his career saying "I think I should have gotten more good stuff." His career decline accelerated in the 1980s, and after being diagnosed with throat cancer, he accepted virtually any role that came his way to maintain his costly health insurance.
  • 1979
    Age 52
    In 1979, Ray appeared in a pornographic movie, Sweet Savage, in a non-sexual role.
    More Details Hide Details Ray said later: I wanted, I guess, to see what it was all about--a kind of half-assed adventure, you know? It was also a kind of vacation for me in a bad time--a nice location in Arizona--and I picked up a few thousand bucks. After it came out, a few people wagged their fingers at me--'Oh-ho-ho, you dirty dog'--but I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. They shot all the sex stuff after I'd flown back to L.A. I won the adult film Oscar for that, by the way, but somebody copped it.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 49
    In 1976 he said he was broke.
    More Details Hide Details He blamed this on his ex-wives and red tape that meant he could not develop his real estate properties. "I lost it all," he said. "And I am very very bitter about it. The Biggest mistake I ever made was discovering women. I only wish society had been as free and easywhen I was coming along as it is today because if that had been the case I wouldn't have been married. Three women in my life utterly destroyed me."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 39
    In 1966 Ray claimed that "I've been turning down a lot of TV and B movies.
    More Details Hide Details I won't consider anything but important roles in important pictures." He said he was "almost independently wealthy" having saved and invested wisely in real estate from the times when his fee was $100,000 a film. He was interested in returning to politics but not until he had made "at least" four more movies. "The ideal situation would be three films every two years." His best-known work of the 1960s was his portrayal of Sergeant Muldoon, alongside John Wayne, in The Green Berets. Ray starred in Kill a Dragon and Suicide Commando. He also made two television pilots in the 1960s; neither was picked up. As the 1960s ended, Hollywood’s appetite for Ray’s machismo started to wane. Though he worked steadily in the 1970s, the quality of his roles diminished, and he was typically cast as gruff and gravelly rednecks.
  • 1965
    Age 38
    He had a small role in Sylvia (1965) and made a pilot for a TV series financed by Joe E. Levine, Steptoe and Son (an unsuccessful adaptation of the British TV series). "I feel I shall have a complete regeneration of my career," he said in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details He later appeared in What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round and Welcome to Hard Times. He also made several guest appearances on television.
  • 1964
    Age 37
    Ray returned to Hollywood in 1964.
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  • 1959
    Age 32
    In 1959, Ray was cast as Hunk Farber in the episode, "Payment in Full" of the NBC western series, Riverboat.
    More Details Hide Details In the story line, Farber betrays his friend and employer to collect reward money, which he uses to court his girlfriend, Missy. Ray made The Day They Robbed the Bank of England in England. Ray later described his British sojourn as a "big mistake" because none of his British films were widely seen in America. "Everything went well until the end of '62 - then everything collapsed - including me," he later said. "I didn't take care of myself physically and mentally." He hired a press agent, started taking better care of himself physically and changed agents.
    He starred in 1959 in Four Desperate Men (The Siege of Pinchgut).
    More Details Hide Details The movie was filmed on location in Sydney Harbour, Australia, the last movie produced by Ealing Studios, a small British Studio which lasted from 1939 to 1959. He then appeared on Lucille Ball's show. He later said he made more money from Four Desperate Men and the TV show "than I'd made the whole eight years before."
  • 1958
    Age 31
    Ray had been popular with Harry Cohn because, in the actor's words, “He took no shit from anybody and he saw that I was that kind of a guy, too.” But when Cohn died in 1958, Columbia elected not to renew Ray's contract and he decided to leave Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details He later said "I never was an expatriate. I spent some time in England and Spain and Italy but I was never out of this country US longer than six months."
  • 1957
    Age 30
    On January 31, 1957, Ray appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
    More Details Hide Details He and Tennessee Ernie Ford did a comedy skit from a foxhole. Columbia loaned out Ray to Security Pictures to appear in Men at War (1957), which was directed by Anthony Mann, who became Ray's favourite director. He was given 5% of the profits which Ray later estimated at having earned him $70,000. By the seventh year of his contract with Columbia he was earning $750 a week. He later said for the first ten years of his career he made less than $100,000. Columbia lent Ray to star in God's Little Acre (1958), an adaptation of Erskine Caldwell's controversial novel, starring Robert Ryan and Tina Louise. Ray appeared in The Naked and the Dead, an adaptation of Norman Mailer's novel, directed by Raoul Walsh. It was produced by Paul Gregory who said: Aldo Ray was drunk the entire time. He was a very sweet guy, but he was gone. He drank drank drank. Raoul Walsh would say, "Let's get him in the morning cause in the afternoon it's over." I just could not get used to it, actors who got all this money and then didn't behave professionally. The English actors have classical training. They perform like professionals. You take someone like Aldo Ray who was just picked up and catapulted into stardom, and then he was just a sponge for booze. He killed himself drinking, not living up to his moral contract.
    By 1957, in any event, he had left WNDR and the radio business and returned to Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details "In some ways the tough soldier role locked me in," reflected Ray later. "There were no sophisticated roles for me. I never seemed to get past master sergeant, though I always thought of myself as upper echelon." Ray later admitted producers were scared off by his drinking.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 29
    In 1956, in between appearances in Three Stripes In The Sun and Men in War, Ray tried his hand at radio, working as a personality and announcer at Syracuse, New York hit music station WNDR.
    More Details Hide Details A photo of Ray with a colleague in the WNDR studios, taken as part of a station promotional package, survives and can be found on a WNDR tribute website, although it's not known if any aircheck tapes of his radio shows still exist.
    In 1956 Ray refused to appear in Beyond Mombassa because he did not want to go on location.
    More Details Hide Details He was put under suspension by Columbia. However the situation was resolved when he agreed to make Nightfall (1957), playing an artist who encounters a pair of ruthless bank robbers. Nightfall.
  • 1953
    Age 26
    In 1953, he starred opposite Jane Wyman in Let's Do It Again, then followed this acting opposite Rita Hayworth in Miss Sadie Thompson (1953), a remake of the W.
    More Details Hide Details Somerset Maugham story Rain. He appeared in a production of Stalag 17 at La Jolla Playhouse. He was loaned to Warner Bros to appear in Battle Cry (1955). After this he was meant to appear in My Sister Eileen but walked off the set claiming his role was too small, and had to be replaced by Dick York. Columbia cast him as a sergeant in Three Stripes in the Sun, then loaned him to Paramount for We're No Angels (1955), in which he starred with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll, and Joan Bennett.
  • 1951
    Age 24
    Harry Cohn felt the name "Aldo Da Rae" was too close to "Dare" and wanted to change it to "John Harrison"; the actor refused and "Aldo Ray" was the compromise. He divorced his wife and resigned as constable in September 1951.
    More Details Hide Details His wage was $200 a week. Cukor famously suggested that Ray go to ballet school because he walked too much like a football player. The director later talked about the actor: He has a great advantage: the way his eyes are made. The light comes into them. There are certain people who have opaque eyes which refuse to catch the light. But his eyes had a certain glow and gave quite well in the photographed result. He did this silent scene very well lying there on the bed in the same room with Judy (Holliday). Then later he did comedy scenes with her–very difficult ones–and there were also emotional sequences where he broke down and cried. They were brilliant. "Cukor is hypersensitive to reality," recalled Ray. "He told me exactly what to do and why. He explains everything and he knows exactly what he wants."
  • 1950
    Age 23
    Ray started his new job in November 1950.
    More Details Hide Details After several months Ray found "the quiet life... monotonous", so he contacted Max Arnow, talent director at Columbia, and expressed interest in appearing in more movies. Four weeks later Arnow called back, saying Columbia wanted to audition Ray for a small part in Judy Holliday's new movie, The Marrying Kind. Ray went to Hollywood and did a screen test with the director, George Cukor. The first test went badly but head of Columbia Harry Cohn liked Ray and asked for another test. The second one was done opposite Jeff Donnell, who Ray later married; it was more successful and Ray ended up being cast in the lead.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 19
    Upon leaving the Navy in May 1946 he returned to Crockett.
    More Details Hide Details He studied and played football at Vallejo Junior College, then entered the University of California at Berkeley to study political science. (Ray later described himself as an "arch conservative" and a "right winger".) He left college in order to run for the office of Constable of the Crockett Judicial District in Contra Costa County California. "I always knew I was going to be a big man but I thought it was going to be in politics," he said. In April 1950 Columbia Studios sent a unit to San Francisco to look for some athletes to appear in a film they were making called Saturday's Hero (1951). Aldo's brother Guido saw an item on the San Francisco Chronicle about the auditions and asked his brother to drive him there. Director David Miller was more interested in Ray than his brother because of his voice; also, Ray was comfortable talking to the camera due to his political experience. He later recalled, "They said 'What's wrong with your voice kid? Are you sick? If you're sick you don't belong here.' I said, 'No, no, no, this is the way I've always spoken.' And they loved it."
  • 1944
    Age 17
    In 1944, at age 18, during World War II, Aldo entered the United States Navy, serving as a frogman until 1946; he saw action at Okinawa with UDT-17.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Born on September 25, 1926.
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