Ray Danton
American actor and director
Ray Danton
Ray Danton, also known as Raymond Danton, was a radio, film, stage, and television actor, director, and producer whose most famous roles were in the screen biographies The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) and The George Raft Story (1962). He was married to actress Julie Adams from 1954–1981.
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Video: 'Killing,' 'Atomic City,' 'Colossus of New York' and more - The Republic
Google News - over 5 years
As portrayed with graceful aggression by Ray Danton, Diamond (nicknamed "Legs" because of his dancing ability) is a charming stinker. In his rise up the ladder of organized crime in New York, Diamond lies, cheats, steals, flirts, betrays and murders
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DVD; How Crimes Have Changed
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JUST as hemlines rise and fall, so do fashions in crime -- or, at least, its fictional representation -- evolve from decade to decade and even from year to year. Bracketing the 1950s a group of four crime films recently released by the Warner Archive Collection suggest just how radical those shifts can be. A pair of films from 1949, Richard O.
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How Crimes Have Changed - New York Times
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Ray Danton, with Karen Steele, is the dashingly amoral title character in “The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond.” In “The Threat” Charles McGraw, with Virginia Grey, plays a crazed hoodlum. In the late 1940s Hollywood was just beginning to discover the
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10 Best Italian Spy Movies - Screen Junkies
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Jesus Franco directed the film, which stars Ray Danton, Barbara Bold, and Dante Posani. “Berlin: Appointment For The Spies.” “Berlin: Appointment For The Spies” is a 1965 film starring Dana Andrews as Secret Agent Z.3. The plot involves a tunnel in the
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Ray Danton, 60, Actor and Director Of Stage and Screen
NYTimes - about 25 years
Ray Danton, an actor and director whose career embraced film, theater and television, died on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 60 years old. He died of complications from a kidney ailment, said Jill Danton, a daughter-in-law. Mr. Danton began acting at age 12 on the radio show "Let's Pretend." In New York City in the
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Escape From Cabaret: Peter Allen to Put 'Legs' on Broadway
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: So why is Peter Allen making the leap from cabaret to Broadway? So why is Peter Allen making the leap from cabaret to Broadway? ''I could just sit in Trump's Castle and work every two months and make a lot more than I'm going to make eight shows a week here,'' Mr. Allen says. ''But I don't want to be known just for singing 'I Go to Rio,' or
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TV VIEW; HBO Turns To Vietnam's Trenches
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: AMERICAN TELEVISION AND THE VIETNAM War are once again prodding each other warily. AMERICAN TELEVISION AND THE VIETNAM War are once again prodding each other warily. Twenty years ago, TV news turned the conflict into the ''living room war,'' while TV entertainment generally shied away. It was too painful, too controversial to be stuffed into
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TV WEEKEND; KEACH RETURNS AS MIKE HAMMER
NYTimes - almost 31 years
BEING presented on CBS tonight at 9, ''The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer'' should have a question mark in the title. This is indeed a new television movie, and the series starring Stacy Keach in the main role is indeed returning to the schedule on Tuesdays at 9 P.M. But, at least for the time being, those weekly episodes will be reruns.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 60
    Died on February 11, 1992.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 39
    Danton continued directing as well as acting and started producing films such as Triangle in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Danton died of complications from a kidney ailment in Los Angeles, California. He has two sons, Steve and Mitchell.
  • 1970
    Age 38
    In the mid-1960s Danton alternated between American television series and European films such as Corrida Pour en Espion/Code Name Jaguar and Secret Agent Super Dragon, including a 1970 Hawaii Five-0 episode "The Last Eden" (as bellicose Hawaiian singer Jimmy Nuanu).
    More Details Hide Details He formed a production company in Europe producing films like The Last Mercenary and began directing with Deathmaster (1972).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 27
    In 1959, he guest starred in the episode “The Meeting” of Bruce Gordon's NBC docudrama of the Cold War, Behind Closed Doors.
    More Details Hide Details Danton played American agent Ralph Drake who is sent to Austria to meet with western agents from six Iron Curtain countries after it is revealed that the Soviet Union had named a new head of the secret police. Danton was a semi-regular on The Alaskans and made several television pilots playing spies such as Big Time (1957), Solitare (1961), and Our Man Flint-Dead on Target (1976).
  • 1956
    Age 24
    He was prolific in television work as well as film where he received the Golden Globe Award in 1956 for the new male star of the year in film.
    More Details Hide Details Beginning with Onionhead Danton worked with both Warner Bros. film and Warner Bros. Television This led to his most famous role The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond where he played the gangster of the title for director Budd Boetticher. Danton played his role using dynamic body language with his smooth persona fitting the character like a glove. Danton reprised the role in Vic Morrow's Portrait of a Mobster. Danton also kept up his gangster persona with the title role in The George Raft Story, a screen biography of 1930s actor/dancer George Raft.
  • 1955
    Age 23
    Danton made his film debut in Chief Crazy Horse in 1955 and became contracted to Universal Pictures His second film I'll Cry Tomorrow led to his typecasting as a smooth but dangerous villain.
    More Details Hide Details His third film for Universal The Looters was where he met his future wife Julie Adams.
  • 1954
    Age 22
    He was married to actress Julie Adams from 1954 - 1981.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 19
    Danton's acting career was put on hold when he served in the United States Army infantry in the Korean War from 1951 - 1954.
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  • 1950
    Age 18
    Danton did many stage roles whilst attending the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Technical School and in 1950 went to London to appear on stage in the Tyrone Power production Mister Roberts.
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  • 1943
    Age 11
    Ray Danton, born Raymond Kaplan in New York City, entered show business as a child radio actor on NBC radio's Let's Pretend show in 1943.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1931.
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