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      Raymond Massey

      Raymond Massey

      Highest Rated: 100% The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

      Lowest Rated: 56% Santa Fe Trail (1940)

      Birthday: Aug 30, 1896

      Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Exceptionally tall, with distinctive, unconventional features and a commanding presence, actor Raymond Massey built an impressive career out of playing reassuring authority figures and scheming villains equally well. The Canadian-born actor first honed his craft on the stages of the U.K. for nearly 10 years before venturing across the Atlantic to appear on Broadway as "Hamlet" and in early sound pictures like "The Speckled Band" (1931), in the role of Sherlock Holmes. Massey demonstrated his versatility with venomous characters in films like "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937) juxtaposed against his career-defining portrayal of the 16th U.S. president in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1940), based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written with him in mind. Massey became the stuff of Hollywood legend when the aftermath of his divorce from actress Adrianne Allen inspired the beloved Tracy-Hepburn comedy "Adam's Rib" (1949). As an actor, Massey continually impressed with is ability to make difficult characters sympathetic in such films as "The Fountainhead" (1949), opposite Gary Cooper, and as James Dean's emotionally unavailable father in "East of Eden" (1955). A younger generation of fans came to appreciate his later work as Richard Chamberlain's authoritative mentor Dr. Gillespie on "Dr. Kildare" (NBC, 1961-66). Even as his half-century career neared its end, Massey continued to make memorable contributions to such big-budget Hollywood offerings as the Western "Mackenna's Gold" (1969). One of the first and best examples of a "working actor" in film, Massey never failed to elevate the integrity of any project.

      Highest rated movies

      The Prisoner of Zenda
      A Matter of Life and Death
      The Old Dark House
      Things to Come
      The Scarlet Pimpernel
      The Woman in the Window
      How the West Was Won
      49th Parallel

      Photos

      EAST OF EDEN, James Dean, Raymond Massey, 1955 POSSESSED, Joan Crawford, Raymond Massey, 1947 POSSESSED, Raymond Massey, Joan Crawford, 1947 THE OLD DARK HOUSE, Raymond Massey, 1932 THE OLD DARK HOUSE, Raymond Massey, 1932 DAVID AND BATHSHEBA, Raymond Massey, 1951.©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, Raymond Massey, 1958 THINGS TO COME, Raymond Massey, 1936 STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, (aka A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH), Raymond Massey, 1946 THE HURRICANE, Raymond Massey, 1937 GOD IS MY CO-PILOT, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale Sr., 1945 GOD IS MY CO-PILOT, Raymond Massey, 1945 THE FOUNTAINHEAD, Raymond Massey, 1949 THE FIERCEST HEART, Raymond Massey, 1961. ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright EAST OF EDEN, Raymond Massey, 1955 DESPERATE JOURNEY, Raymond Massey, 1942 CHAIN LIGHTNING, Raymond Massey, 1950 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, 1944 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, 1944 ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC, Raymond Massey, Humphrey Bogart, 1943

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All My Darling Daughters' Anniversary Matthew Cunningham (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All My Darling Daughters Matthew Cunningham (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 50% The President's Plane Is Missing Secretary Of State Freeman Sharkey (Character) - 1971
      87% 74% How the West Was Won Abraham Lincoln (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey Narrator - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fiercest Heart Willem Prinsloo (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 83% The Great Impostor Abbott Donner (Character) - 1960
      83% 46% The Naked and the Dead Gen. Cummings (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 33% Omar Khayyam The Shah (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Naked Eye Unknown (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 57% Prince of Players Junius Brutus Booth (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Angry Men John Brown (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 45% Battle Cry Maj. Gen. Snipes (Character) - 1955
      86% 90% East of Eden Adam Trask (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen's Guards Capt. Fellowes (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desert Song Sheik Yousseff (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 38% Carson City A.J. "Big" Jack Davis (Character) - 1952
      60% 33% David and Bathsheba Nathan (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swirl of Glory Jacob Stint (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 62% Come Fill the Cup John Ives (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Jacob Stint (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 28% Chain Lightning Leland Willis (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barricade Boss Kruger (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 55% Dallas Will Marlow (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 20% Roseanna McCoy Old Randall McCoy (Character) - 1949
      83% 74% The Fountainhead Gail Wynand (Character) - 1949
      83% 76% Possessed Dean Graham (Character) - 1947
      67% 45% Mourning Becomes Electra Ezra Mannon (Character) - 1947
      97% 93% A Matter of Life and Death Abraham Farlan (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 50% God Is My Co-Pilot Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 67% Hotel Berlin Arnim von Dahnwitz (Character) - 1945
      86% 92% Arsenic and Old Lace Jonathan Brewster (Character) - 1944
      88% 83% The Woman in the Window Frank Lalor, District Attorney (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 72% Action in the North Atlantic Capt. Steve Jarvis (Character) - 1943
      67% 69% Desperate Journey Major Otto Baumeister (Character) - 1942
      80% 57% Reap the Wild Wind King Cutler (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 42% Dangerously They Live Dr. Ingersoll (Character) - 1941
      87% 75% 49th Parallel Andy Brock (Character) - 1941
      86% 70% Abe Lincoln in Illinois Abe Lincoln (Character) - 1940
      56% 51% Santa Fe Trail John Brown (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Limelight Peter Charrington (Character) - 1939
      83% 56% The Drum Prince Ghul (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 68% The Hurricane DeLaage (Character) - 1937
      100% 80% The Prisoner of Zenda Black Michael (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Red Robe Cardinal Richelieu (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 52% Fire Over England King Philip II of Spain (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreaming Lips Miguel del Vayo (Character) - 1937
      91% 55% Things to Come John Cabal/Oswald Cabal (Character) - 1936
      90% 75% The Scarlet Pimpernel Chauvelin (Character) - 1935
      97% 70% The Old Dark House Philip Waverton (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 20% The Speckled Band Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1931

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1971-1972
      10% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Character) 1961-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Montezuma IX (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Sam Pine (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character),
      Writer
      1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1955