Raymond Massey

Born Aug 30, 1896

Raymond Hart Massey was a Canadian/American actor.

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1896 Birth Born on August 30, 1896.


1918 21 Years Old In 1918, he was sent to serve in Siberia, where he made his first stage appearance, entertaining American troops on occupation duty. … Read More
1922 25 Years Old Drawn to the theater, he first appeared on the London stage in 1922. … Read More


1929 32 Years Old In 1929 he directed the London premiere of The Silver Tassie.
1931 34 Years Old In 1931 he played Sherlock Holmes in The Speckled Band, the first sound film version of the story.
1934 37 Years Old In 1934 he starred in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and in 1936 he starred in Things to Come, a film adaptation by H.G. Wells of his own speculative novel, The Shape of Things to Come (1933). … Read More


1940 43 Years Old Massey scored a great triumph on Broadway in Robert E. Sherwood's play Abe Lincoln in Illinois despite American reservations about Lincoln being portrayed by a Canadian, and he repeated his role in the 1940 film version (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor). … Read More
1941 44 Years Old Also in 1941, Massey starred in George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma, opposite Katharine Cornell, opening just one week before Pearl Harbor. … Read More


1955 58 Years Old …  In 1955, he starred in East of Eden as Adam Trask, father of Cal, played by James Dean, and Aron, played by Richard Davalos. … Read More


1960 63 Years Old He was cast in 1960 as Sir Oliver Garnett in the episode "Trunk Full of Dreams" of the NBC western series, Riverboat. … Read More
1961 64 Years Old Massey is particularly remembered as Dr. Gillespie in the popular 1961-1966 NBC series Dr. Kildare, with Richard Chamberlain in the title role. … Read More
1964 67 Years Old Raymond Massey's older brother was Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. Raymond Massey also dabbled in politics, appearing in a television advertisement in 1964 in support of the conservative Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater of Arizona. … Read More
1983 87 Years Old Massey died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California on July 29, 1983, a month before he would have turned 87. … Read More
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