Anthony Ray, Actor, Oscar-Nominated Producer and Son of Director Nicholas Ray, Dies at 80

The Hollywood Reporter | 11/24/1937 | Mike Barnes
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In quite the Hollywood scandal, he married his former stepmother, actress Gloria Grahame, in 1960.

Anthony Ray, a son of Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray who appeared in John Cassavetes' Shadows and earned an Oscar nomination for producing An Unmarried Woman, has died. He was 80.

Ray - June - Saco - Maine - Illness

Ray died June 29 in Saco, Maine, after a long illness, his family announced.

Just after he turned 20, Ray appeared on Broadway in the Elia Kazan-William Inge drama The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, which debuted in December 1957 and ran for more than 450 performances.

Shadows - Cassavetes - Feature - Debut - Ray

In Shadows (1958), Cassavetes' admired feature debut, Ray portrayed Tony, a young man who sleeps with a virgin (Lelia Goldoni) and is surprised to discover that her family is black.

He also appeared on the big screen in Anthony Mann's Men in War (1957), Sidney J. Furie's A Cool Sound From **** (1959) and on television on The Twilight Zone, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Untouchables and the soap opera Search for Tomorrow.

Ray - Executive - Charge - East - Coast

Ray served as executive in charge of East Coast production for 20th Century Fox and shared a best picture Oscar nom with writer-director Paul Mazursky for An Unmarried Woman (1978), starring Jill Clayburgh. He also was an executive producer on Bette Midler's The Rose (1979).

In addition to the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause, his father Nicholas also directed such notable films as They Live by Night (1949), In a Lonely Place (1950), Bigger Than Life (1956) and Johnny Guitar (1954).

Place - Star - Gloria - Grahame - Divorce

He was married to his Lonely Place star Gloria Grahame from 1948 until their divorce in 1952.

Eight years later, Anthony Ray married his former stepmother in Tijuana, Mexico. He was 23, Graham was...
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