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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 theatre, in 1922, he appeared on the London stage.


1927 30 Years Old His first movie role was High Treason in 1927.
1929 32 Years Old In 1929 he directed the London premiere of The Silver Tassie.
1931 34 Years Old He played Sherlock Holmes in The Speckled Band in 1931, 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 H. G. Wells's Things to Come.


1940 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite being Canadian, Massey became famous for his quintessential American roles such as abolitionist John Brown in 1940's Santa Fe Trail and again as John Brown in the 1955 low-budget film Seven Angry Men. … Read More
1941 44 Years Old 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


1947 50 Years Old Following the war, he became an American citizen. His memorable film roles thereafter included portraying the husband of Joan Crawford during her Oscar-nominated role from 1947's Possessed and the doomed publishing tycoon Gail Wynand in 1949's The Fountainhead, opposite Gary Cooper. … Read More


1961 64 Years Old He and his son, Daniel, were cast as father and son in 1961's The Queen's Guards. … Read More
1964 67 Years Old His older brother was Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. He dabbled in politics, appearing in a 1964 television advertisement in support of conservative Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, in which he denounced the burgeoning Vietnam War.
1983 87 Years Old He died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California, a month before his 87th birthday, on July 29, 1983. … Read More
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