20 January 1943|
Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, England
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Occupation||Actor, Croupier, Mortgage Broker|
Buswell attended Belmont Abbey School near Hereford from 1955-1960, and represented the school at rowing and rugby - he was a fast and aggressive open side wing forward - and took part in the thriving amateur dramatics society with leading roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and straight plays such as Patrick Hamilton's Rope.
He first appeared on Coronation Street in 1966, leaving that same year. He returned in 1968 and remained in the cast for ten years until he chose not to renew his contract rather abruptly in late 1978. He wanted to move to the United States to be with his wife and her relatives. In the plot line, Ray was written out just as abruptly, leaving his wife Deirdre and young daughter to live in Amsterdam.
For the next 13 years, Buswell worked as a croupier, and later as a supervisor/manager at a Las Vegas casino and from 1991 as a mortgage broker. He was asked to play a bit role in the one-off special Viva Las Vegas in 1997.
After 26 years away, Neville was written back into Coronation Street in episodes that aired in March 2005, for a six-week run. His character "Ray Langton" died of cancer in an episode that aired in the UK on 10 April 2005. Ray died at Deirdre and Ken's wedding reception in the Rover's Return. Buswell retired in February 2008 at the age of 65 and continues to live in Las Vegas.