Ray Middleton (actor)
Raymond Earl Middleton (February 8, 1907 – April 10, 1984), known and billed as Ray Middleton, was an American singer and stage, TV and movie actor.
|Born||February 8, 1907|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 10, 1984 (aged 77)|
Soon after he graduated from college, Middleton sang with the Detroit Civic Opera Company, after which he sang with the St. Louis Opera Company and the Chicago Civic Opera. He declined to join the Metropolitan Opera Company, preferring a career in film.
In 1933, Middleton appeared in the Broadway play Roberta. Later in 1938, he appeared in the musical Knickerbocker Holiday. During the early 1940s, he appeared in the movies Gangs of Chicago, the original Hurricane Smith (playing the title role), and Lady for a Night, which starred Joan Blondell and John Wayne. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, appearing in the Air Forces show Winged Victory. In 1946, he co-starred with Ethel Merman in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun. In 1948, he starred in Love Life with Nanette Fabray.
In television, Middleton's appearances included The Ed Sullivan Show (once as a guest host), the Colgate Comedy Hour, and Chrysler's Shower of Stars in the 1950s. He co-starred with Phil Silvers and Lee Remick in a 1967 TV adaptation of Damn Yankees!.
During the 1970s, Middleton appeared in the TV movie Hec Ramsey as a judge, in the musical movie 1776, as Colonel Thomas McKean, and in the first TV adaptation of Helter Skelter as ranch-owner George Spahn. He also voiced the character Pepperino in the cartoon Tubby the Tuba.
Middleton died in Panorama City, California at the age of 77.
|1938||You and Me||Salesman||Uncredited|
|1940||Gangs of Chicago||Bill Whitaker|
|1941||Lady from Louisiana||Blackburn 'Blackie' Williams|
|1941||Hurricane Smith||'Hurricane' Smith|
|1941||Mercy Island||Warren Ramsey|
|1942||Lady for a Night||Alan Alderson|
|1942||The Girl from Alaska||Steve Bently|
|1952||I Dream of Jeanie||Edwin P. Christy|
|1953||Sweethearts On Parade||Cameron "Cam" Ellerby|
|1954||Jubilee Trail||Charles Hale|
|1955||I Cover the Underworld||Police Chief Corbett|
|1955||The Road to Denver||John Sutton|
|1972||1776||Col. Thomas McKean|
|1975||Tubby the Tuba||The Great Pepperino||Voice|
|1954||The Jackie Gleason Show||J.J. Marshall||2 episodes, uncredited|
|1954||The Colgate Comedy Hour||Carlos, the Miller||adaptation of Revenge with Music|
|1954||The Best of Broadway||Nick Bullett||adaptation of Cole Porter's Panama Hattie|
|1955||Shower of Stars||Fred/Ghost of Christmas Present||2 adaptations of A Christmas Carol|
|1967||Damn Yankees!||Joe Boyd||TV movie|
|1967||Coronet Blue||Chief Loomis||episode "The Rebels"|
|1972||Hec Ramsey||Judge Leroy Tate||pilot episode|
|1975||S.W.A.T.||Gregory Kenyon||episode "Strike Force"|
|1976||Helter Skelter||George Spahn||TV movie|
|1977||Charlie's Angels||Hal Jardine||1 episode|
|1981||M*A*S*H||Cardinal Reardon||episode "Blood Brothers"|
|1981||Border Pals||Old John||TV movie|
|1984||Too Close for Comfort||Huey Rush||4 episodes|
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- Perry, Lawrence (November 19, 1950). "New York Skylines". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. Section 4-1. Retrieved January 4, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Majestic". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. June 27, 1940. p. 8. Retrieved January 5, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Ray Middleton". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 16 December 2020.