Cukor famously suggested that Ray go to ballet school because he walked too much like a football player. I won't consider anything but important roles in important pictures. His younger brother, Mario, was an aspiring actor, and Aldo’s foray into acting was a pleasant accident that involved Mario. Aldo’s acting career picked up pace, and he starred in many films throughout the 1950s, such as ‘Men in War,’ ‘We’re No Angels,’ and ‘Four Desperate Men.’ He was known for his robust on-screen presence. "[25], He hired a press agent, started taking better care of himself physically and changed agents. [7], Ray worked on the film between the primary and general elections. And I find every unassuming gesture he makes utterly captivating. Aldo Ray was born Aldo Da Re, on September 25, 1926, in Northampton County in Pennsylvania, US, into a big Italian family. They shot all the sex stuff after I'd flown back to L.A. "I didn't take care of myself physically and mentally. [citation needed]. They were brilliant.[1]. I'm in great shape--got all my energy and strength back. He and Tennessee Ernie Ford did a comedy skit from a foxhole. He discovered his interest in acting and later auditioned for a small part in the 1952 film ‘The Marrying Kind.’ He ended up getting the lead role. (His brother, Mario Da Re (1933–2010), lettered in football at USC from 1952 to 1954. Actor. I'm not scared of dying--it's how I die that matters. Then later he did comedy scenes with her - very difficult ones - and there were also emotional sequences where he broke down and cried. Aldo also had an experience in public speaking, making him more suited to the role. He enrolled at the ‘John Swett High School,’ where he was part of the school’s football team. Mario, Aldo’s younger brother, decided to audition for the role. He provided voice-over work as Sullivan for the 1982 animated film The Secret of NIMH, alongside fellow character actor John Carradine. Since his passing, Ray's body of work and screen persona has undergone a reappraisal,[1] and has been cited by contemporary filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino as an inspiration for their own characters. There's no forethought involved. But there were other performers that unconsciously championed a new kind of natural approach to acting. Ray was originally cast in the role of Gurney Halleck in David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel Dune, as his ex-wife Johanna Ray was the casting director, but was replaced by Patrick Stewart due to ongoing issues with alcoholism. Ray signed a contract and was sent to Los Angeles for a screen test. Upon leaving the Navy in May 1946 he returned to Crockett. The English actors have classical training. Generation. His alcohol addiction made him lose his charm and resulted in him getting fewer roles as the 1970s began. After the war was over, Aldo studied political science at the ‘University of California’ and aimed at becoming a politician. I never seemed to get past master sergeant, though I always thought of myself as upper echelon. I never bowed down to anybody at Columbia or anywhere else, but my overall idea was, I'll do whatever they tell me because it's their business, not mine, and I've got to learn it. ‘Columbia Pictures’ had signed a 7-year contract with Aldo and thus refused to release him from the contract. The director later talked about the actor: He has a great advantage: the way his eyes are made. "[8], Columbia picked up their option on Ray's services, and signed him to a seven-year contract. Aldo Ray (born Aldo Da Re; September 25, 1926 – March 27, 1991) was an American actor of film and television. Columbia refused to release him from his contract and put him under suspension, giving him a leave of absence to work as constable. Aldo Ray was born Aldo Da Re, on September 25, 1926, in Northampton County in Pennsylvania, US, into a big Italian family. [28] He appeared in two more higher-profile films, in Michael Cimino's The Sicilian (1987) and Blood Red (1989), both in supporting roles that emphasized his Italian heritage. He then married Jeff Donnell. In 1991, Aldo passed away at the age of 64. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldo_Ray#/media/File:Aldo_ray_1954.jpg, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldo_Ray#/media/File:Lucille_Ball_Aldo_Ray,_William_Lundigan_Desilu_Playhouse_1958.JPG. In 1953, Aldo appeared as the leading man in two films: ‘Let’s Do It Again’ and ‘Miss Sadie Thompson.’. They perform like professionals. One of his children, Eric Da Re, became an actor later. He then appeared opposite Lucille Ball in an episode of Desilu Playhouse. But his eyes had a certain glow and gave quite well in the photographed result. He decided to work as a constable and refused to work in Hollywood. [5] Ray started his new job in November 1950. [24], Ray made The Day They Robbed the Bank of England in the UK and Johnny Nobody in Ireland. From "Veronica Mars" to Rebecca take a look back at the career of Armie Hammer on and off the screen. "[5] He said he was open to a return to politics "if my movie career doesn't take off like I think it will. It was also a kind of vacation for me in a bad time--a nice location in Arizona--and I picked up a few thousand bucks. Shirley Green on June 20, 1947. Discover what happened on this day. As the 1960s ended, Hollywood's appetite for Ray's machismo started to wane. None of his marriages lasted more than a few years. In a weird turn of events, the director of the film, David Miller, liked Aldo more, due to his voice. [8], Ray starred opposite Jane Wyman in Let's Do It Again (1953), then followed this acting opposite Rita Hayworth in Miss Sadie Thompson (also 1953), the third film version of the W. Somerset Maugham story "Rain". Around the same time, at the age of 23, Aldo was elected as a constable. When Aldo was 4 years old, the family moved to Crockett, California, where his father started working at a sugar refinery. British actress Johanna Bennet (married March 26, 1960, divorced 1967), who continues to work today under the name, This page was last edited on 13 September 2020, at 19:08. Aldo Ray married thrice in his life. He died there of complications from throat cancer and pneumonia on 27 March 1991 at age 64. While constable of Crockett, California, he drove his brother Guido to an audition for the film, Review: "Battle Cry" (1955) Starring James Whitmore And Van Heflin; Warner Archive Blu-ray Release, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Charles Bronson in Pat And Mike Available on Blu-ray From Warner Archive, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966 premiere, The Best Actresses and Actors - Born in the 1920s, Is There a Doctor in the Greenhouse Mission, Love and Take Me Along/Love and the Advice-Givers/Love and the Geisha, Little Drops of Water, Little Grains of Sand, Yehudi Menuhin, Arlene Dahl, Aldo Ray, Robert Ryan, Brenda Lee, the Hilltoppers, Marshmellow Chimp Kiss; Model Home; Santa Claus Lane; Olsen-Johnson, Fred Allen, Hal March, Aldo Ray, Joey Bishop, Jaye P. Morgan. [18], Ray then refused to appear in Beyond Mombasa (1956) because he did not want to go on location. he recounted in an interview for Stephen King's non fiction work Danse Macabre. Although he appeared in films and TV series regularly in the 1970s, the quality of his roles deteriorated. He studied and played football at Vallejo Junior College, then entered the University of California at Berkeley to study political science. This was directed by Raoul Walsh who would be one of Ray's favorite directors. [7] "The guy I ran against was a 16-year incumbent, and I destroyed him with 80 percent of the vote! You could frequently hear a genuine urgency in way he delivered his lines and his casual swagger told you he’d been around the block more than once. He was a very sweet guy, but he was gone. He was an actor, known for You Bet Your Life (1950). In 1956, in between appearances in Three Stripes In The Sun and Men in War, Ray worked in radio as a personality and announcer at Syracuse, New York hit music station WNDR.

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