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Raymond Massey

Raymond Massey

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Also Known As: Died: July 29, 1983
Born: August 30, 1896 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: Cast ...
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1914:
Stage debut at Appleby in "She Stoops to Conquer"
1915:
Lieutenant with Canadian Field Artillery in France; after year at the front returned to Canada suffering from shell shock; served as artillery instructor alongside fellow-officer and future actor Walter Pidgeon
1917:
Artillery and trench warfare instructor at school in Toronto, Yale and Princeton
:
To Siberia with Canadian Expeditionary Force; in charge of entertainment while stationed at Vladivostok
1919:
Discharged from army; to Oxford, England
1921:
Returned to Canada, appearing in amateur productions
1922:
To England to pursue professional acting career
:
Joined Everyman Theatre, Hempstead; professional stage debut in their "In the Zone"
1924:
In West End production including debut of G.B. Shaw's "St. Joan"
1925:
Took over as manager of Everyman; Everyman collpased 1927
1929:
Film debut (a bit) in "High Treason" (Great Britain)
1931:
Film acting debut in "The Speckled Band" (GB)
1931:
To US; Broadway debut in "Hamlet" (dir. Norman Bel Geddes); then to Hollywood and contract with Universal (where wife Adrienne Allen was just signed as actress) as writer-director
1932:
First Hollywood film, James Whale's "The Old Dark House"
1932:
After having troubles finding film work in Hollywood, returned to England and successfully found feature work there
1937:
Returned to Hollywood; first films, John Cromwell's "The Prisoner of Zenda" and John Ford's "The Hurricane"
1938:
Began two-year run as "Abe Lincoln in Illinois", written especially for Massey by Robert Sherwood
1939:
US short film debut in "For auld lang syne"
1941:
Signed with Warner Bros.
1944:
Became US citizen
1952:
Authored play "The Hanging Judge"; staged by Michael Powell in England; later made for TV in both GB and US
1958:
Final Broadway appearance in "JB"
:
Played Dr. Leonard Gillespie on the NBC medical drama series, "Doctor Kildare", with Richard Chamberlain in the title role
1964:
Campaigned for Barry Goldwater
1975:
Final stage performance in LA production of "The Night of the Iguana"

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