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Raymond Massey is a Actor, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 28 august 1896 at Toronto (Canada)

Raymond Massey

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Birth name Raymond Hart Massey
Nationality USA
Birth 28 august 1896 at Toronto (Canada)
Death 29 july 1983 (at 86 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Raymond Hart Massey (August 30, 1896 – July 29, 1983) was a Canadian/American actor, known for his commanding, stage-trained voice.


Massey was married three times.

Margery Fremantle from 1921 to 1929 (divorce); they had one child, architect Geoffrey Massey.
Adrianne Allen from 1929 to 1939 (divorce); Allen was a London and Broadway stage actress. They had two children who followed him into acting: Anna Massey and Daniel Massey.
Dorothy Whitney from 1939 until her death in 1982.
His high-profile estrangement and then divorce from Adrianne Allen was the inspiration for Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin's script for the film Adam's Rib (1949), starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and indeed Massey married the lawyer who represented him in court, Dorothy Whitney, while his then ex-wife, Allen, married the opposing lawyer, William Dwight Whitney.

Raymond Massey's older brother was Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. Raymond Massey also dabbled in politics, appearing in a television advertisement in 1964 in support of the conservative Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater of Arizona. Massey denounced U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson for a "no-win" strategy in the Vietnam War, suggesting that Goldwater would pursue an aggressive strategy and win the war quickly. (Johnson, who defeated Goldwater, later did expand the war without success.)

Massey died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California on July 29, 1983, a month before he would have turned 87. That was the same day as the death of David Niven, who had co-starred with him in The Prisoner of Zenda and A Matter of Life and Death. Massey is buried in New Haven, Connecticut's Beaverdale Memorial Park.

Best films

49th Parallel (1941)
East of Eden (1955)
The Naked Eye (1956)
The Hurricane (1937)
Come Fill the Cup (1951)

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Filmography of Raymond Massey (58 films)

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The President's Plane Is Missing, 1h40
Directed by Daryl Duke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Buddy Ebsen, Peter Graves, John Arthur Kennedy, Raymond Massey, Mercedes McCambridge, Rip Torn
Roles Secretary of State Freeman Sharkey
Rating59% 2.9551852.9551852.9551852.9551852.955185
With diplomatic tensions building and the United States facing a possible military confrontation with China, Air Force One mysteriously crashes in the desert while heading to California, killing U.S. President Jeremy Haines (Tod Andrews). While the crash is being investigated, Vice-President Kermit Madigan (Buddy Ebsen) steps up as Acting President. Unfortunately, Haines had left him uninformed of current foreign policies. Madigan must now rely on the former President's aides to fill him in on information he lacks, but the aides have their own agendas. National Security Adviser George Oldenburg (Rip Torn) claims that Haines was preparing to go to war if the Chinese did not back down, while career diplomat Secretary of State Freeman Sharkey (Raymond Massey) asserts that Haines was pursuing a peaceful solution to the problem with China. Madigan's wife Hester (Mercedes McCambridge) sees this as an opportunity to advance his career, but the Washington political community doubts his competence. In dealing with growing tensions and conflicting advice, Madigan struggles to avoid a nuclear war with the Chinese. Meanwhile, it develops that President Haines was not aboard the crashed plane after all.
Mackenna's Gold, 2h2
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Western
Actors Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Camilla Sparv, Camilla Sparv, Keenan Wynn
Roles The Preacher
Rating66% 3.3486053.3486053.3486053.3486053.348605
An old legend tells of a fortune in gold hidden in the "Cañon del Oro," guarded by the Apache spirits. Along with several others, a man named Adams found it when he was a young man, only to have the Indians capture and blind him, leaving him stranded in the desert after killing his companions. Years later, Marshal MacKenna (Gregory Peck) wounds an old Indian shaman named Prairie Dog (Eduardo Ciannelli) who tried to bushwhack him; Prairie Dog subsequently dies, despite MacKenna's attending to him. MacKenna thereby comes into possession of a map that supposedly shows the way to the treasure. Though skeptical, he memorizes the directions before burning the map.
How the West Was Won, 2h35
Directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Western
Themes Political films
Actors James Stewart, Carroll Baker, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Carolyn Jones
Roles Abraham Lincoln
Rating69% 3.4997853.4997853.4997853.4997853.499785
Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) and his family set out west for the frontier via the Erie Canal, the “west” at this time being the Illinois country. On the journey, they meet mountain man Linus Rawlings (James Stewart), who is traveling east to Pittsburgh to trade his furs. He and Zebulon's daughter Eve (Carroll Baker) are attracted to each other, but Linus is not ready to settle down.
The Queen's Guards, 1h50
Directed by Michael Powell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War
Actors Daniel Massey, Raymond Massey, Robert Stephens, Ursula Jeans, Elizabeth Shepherd, Duncan Lamont
Roles Capt. Fellowes
Rating58% 2.905832.905832.905832.905832.90583
The film tells the story of John Fellowes (Daniel Massey), an officer in the Grenadier Guards as he prepares for the Trooping the Colour ceremony. John is the son of retired guardsman Capt. Fellowes (Raymond Massey) and Mrs. Fellowes (Ursula Jeans). John's older brother was also a Guards officer, but he was killed in action and John feels he is being forced to follow in his brother's footsteps.
The Fiercest Heart, 1h20
Directed by George Sherman
Genres Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Stuart Whitman, Juliet Prowse, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Michael David, Eduard Franz
Roles Willem Prisloom
Rating66% 3.3456953.3456953.3456953.3456953.345695
Three men escape from a prison garrison in South Africa, 1837. As the encounter a tribe of Boers led by Willem Prinsboo who are trekking into the country's interior, one of the fugitives, Steve Bates, a British soldier, immediately develops a romantic interest in Willem's beautiful granddaughter, Francina.
The Great Impostor, 1h53
Directed by Robert Mulligan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy
Actors Tony Curtis, Frank Gorshin, Gary Merrill, Edmond O'Brien, Arthur O'Connell, Karl Malden
Roles Abbott Donner
Rating68% 3.445973.445973.445973.445973.44597
As he is arrested by the Coast Guard on an island in New England, a man born as Ferdinand Waldo Demara but known by many other identities recalls the events that brought him to this point.
The Naked and the Dead, 2h5
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Barbara Nichols, Richard Jaeckel, James Best
Roles General Cummings
Rating63% 3.194983.194983.194983.194983.19498
Filled with flashbacks, the film relates the story of Lt Hearn (Cliff Robertson) who is an aide to General Cummings (Raymond Massey), who treats Hearn as a son and a friend. The General believes that commanding officers ought to inspire fear in their subordinates, in order to enforce discipline. Hearn expresses distaste for these views, preferring instead that soldiers should have mutual respect for each other, regardless of rank. Hearn is eventually transferred to lead an intelligence and reconnaissance platoon on a dangerous reconnaissance mission.
Omar Khayyam, 1h41
Directed by William Dieterle, Joseph L. McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Poésie
Actors Cornel Wilde, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, John Derek, Edward Platt, Raymond Massey
Roles The Shah
Rating59% 2.9514952.9514952.9514952.9514952.951495
A Nishapur, en Perse, au XIIe siècle. Omar Khayyam, jeune poète et brillant mathématicien, aime la belle Sharain. Hélas, le shah en personne a jeté son dévolu sur la jeune fille, qui ne peut pas le repousser. Grâce à Nizam, un ancien camarade devenu grand vizir, Omar obtient un travail dans le palais du shah. Il y retrouve un autre ami, Hasani. Le shah apprécie les services d'Omar et le récompense. Un jour, une secte mystérieuse, les «Assassins», élimine le frère du souverain. Celui-ci part combattre les Byzantins...
Mayerling (1957)
, 1h30
Directed by Anatole Litvak, Kirk Browning
Origin USA
Genres War, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer, Diana Wynyard, Basil Sydney, Raymond Massey, Judith Evelyn
Roles The Prime Minister
Rating59% 2.9993052.9993052.9993052.9993052.999305
The story of Mayerling is based on the real life events of the tragic love affair between Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera and their mysterious death on January 30, 1889 in a hunting lodge in Lower Austria.
East of Eden, 1h55
Directed by Elia Kazan, Don Alvarado
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos, Jo Van Fleet
Roles Adam Trask
Rating77% 3.8980353.8980353.8980353.8980353.898035
The story is set during 1917 and 1918, leading into American involvement in World War I, in the central California coastal towns of Monterey and Salinas. Cal (James Dean) and Aron (Richard Davalos) are the sons of a modestly successful farmer and wartime draft board chairman, Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Cal is moody and embittered by his belief that his father favors Aron. Although both Cal and Aron had long been led to believe that their mother had died "and gone to heaven," the opening scene reveals Cal has apparently learned that his mother is still alive, owning and running a successful brothel in nearby Monterey.
Prince of Players, 1h42
Directed by Philip Dunne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about television, Children's films
Actors Richard Burton, Maggie McNamara, John Derek, Raymond Massey, Charles Bickford, Elizabeth Sellars
Roles Junius Brutus Booth
Rating66% 3.342323.342323.342323.342323.34232
Edwin "Ned" Booth (Richard Burton) is the son of the noted thespian Junius Brutus Booth and the older brother of another actor, John Wilkes Booth. Beginning In 1848, as a boy, and into early manhood, he travels with and assists Junius, who is often drunk and seems at times on the brink of madness.
Battle Cry
Battle Cry (1955)
, 2h29
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter
Roles Major General Snipes
Rating63% 3.196943.196943.196943.196943.19694
The film is a drama set in World War II, following a group of United States Marines from boot camp to combat (6th Marines, 2d Marine Division). It depicts the forming of comradeships and the relentless training which the battalion, led by Major "High Pockets" Huxley, has to undergo. In two battles (Guadalcanal and Tarawa), the battalion is used only for mop-up duties, but after an out-of-line argument between "High Pockets" and the commanding general, they are used as lead battalion in the battle for Saipan, suffering heavy casualties as they land on the exposed left flank of Red Beach. Huxley is killed and as they watch his body being carried off the field his grim-faced men fix bayonets ready to meet a Japanese counter-attack.
Seven Angry Men, 1h30
Directed by Charles Marquis Warren
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Historical, Western
Actors Raymond Massey, Dennis Weaver, Debra Paget, James Best, Jeffrey Hunter, Larry Pennell
Roles John Brown
Rating63% 3.1929953.1929953.1929953.1929953.192995
John Brown (Raymond Massey) a controversial 19th-century abolitionist. After cutting a bloody swath through Kansas, Brown and his followers hole up in a warehouse at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, where he meets his own personal Waterloo at the hands of federal troops.