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Peoria ( 2006-10-09 )
Probably best known for his role as the crafty and irascible Police detective Lt. Arthur Tragg on the Perry Mason television series.
hunner2ns ( 2007-08-13 )
Source: From Great Character Actors, Page 7.
Ray Collins (1889 - 1965) A very familiar face to fans of the "Perry Mason" TV series as well those who love old movies; he was a solid character actor throughout his career. He was most adept at playing authoritative types, politicians, detectives, business executives, etc. He was of medium build with steel gray hair, a stern-looking face with glaring eyes, highlighted by thick white eyebrows and a firm, but slightly raspy voice. He was born Raymond Collins on December 10, 1889 in Sacramento, California, the son of a drama critic. His acting career began when he was 14 and actually formed his own theatrical stock company in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He later ventured into vaudeville and made his way to Broadway and the stage. After a successful career on stage he became a radio actor and it was there that he became associated with Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre Group. His film debut came in 1931 in an uncredited role in "Words and Music" as Mr. Lambert. His other film credits include: "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) in a bit part; Welles' "Citizen Kane" (1941) as Boss James W. Gettys; "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942) as Jack Amberson; "The Big Street" (1946) as Professor B; "Whistling in Brooklyn" (1943) as Grover Kendall; "The Human Comedy" (1943) as Mr. Macauley; "Crime Doctor" (1943) as Dr. John Carey; "Commandos Strike at Dawn" (1943) as Johan Bergesen; "The Seventh Cross" (1944) as Wallau; "See Here, Private Hargrove" (1944) with Robert Walker, as Brody S. Griffith; "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) as Mr. Milton, one of my favorite of his roles; "Two Years Before the Mast" (1944) as Gordon Stewart; "Up Goes Maisie" (1946) with Ann Sothern, as Mr. Henderickson; "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" (1947) as Matt Beemish; "A Double Life" (1947) as Victor Donlan; "Good Sam" (1948) as Rev. Daniels; "The Fountainhead" (1949) as Roger Enright; "The Heiress" (1949) with Olivia de Havilland, as Jefferson Almond; "It Happens Every Spring" (1949) as Prof. Alfred Greenleaf; "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town" (1950) as Jonathan Parker; "Francis the Talking Mule" (1950) with Donald O'Connor, as Col. Hooker; "I Want You" (1951) as Judge Turner; "The Kid from Left Field" (1953) as Fred Whacker; "Rose Marie" (1954) as Inspector Appleby; "The Desperate Hours" (1955) with Bogart, as Sheriff Masters; "The Solid Gold Cadillac" (1956) as Alfred Metcalfe; "The Go-Getter" (1956) as J.P. Miller and "Touch of Evil" (1954) as Adair, his last film role. On TV he was even better known as Lt. Arthur Tragg on "Perry Mason" (1957-65). He also appeared in the series: "The Halls of Ivy" (1954) as Professor Merriweather. He guest starred on such series as: "You Are There"; "Science Fiction Theatre"; "Zane Grey Theater" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." He was married to Margaret Marriott and they divorced in 1924. He married Joan Uron in 1926 and they had a son Junius. He died of emphysema on July 11, 1965 in Santa Monica, California at age 75.
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