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Also Known As: Raymond Danton Died: February 11, 1992
Born: September 19, 1931 Cause of Death: kidney disease
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, radio performer

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Handsome lead with dark good looks and sleek black hair who began his career as a child actor on radio and appeared in early live TV dramas in New York. After making his film debut in "Chief Crazy Horse" (1954), Danton gained notice for his portrayal of Lillian Roth's first love in the soapy biopic "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955). Danton is best remembered for his portrayal of ruthless mobster "Legs" Diamond in both Budd Boetticher's gangster melodrama, "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (1960), and the 1961 biopic of gangster Dutch Schultz, "Portrait of a Mobster." That same year he also starred in the title role of "The George Raft Story."In 1964 Danton moved to Italy, where he starred in numerous low-budget films and turned to directing with "Deathmaster" (1972). He formed his own production company in Barcelona before returning in 1975 to the US, where he become a TV director for Universal. Danton helmed episodes of "Cagney and Lacey," "Quincy," "Fame" and "Dallas" and served as supervising producer on "The New Mike Hammer" TV series (1986-87). Danton was at one time married to actress Julie Adams.

Handsome lead with dark good looks and sleek black hair who began his career as a child actor on radio and appeared in early live TV dramas in New York. After making his film debut in "Chief Crazy Horse" (1954), Danton gained notice for his portrayal of Lillian Roth's first love in the soapy biopic "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955). Danton is best remembered for his portrayal of ruthless mobster "Legs" Diamond in both Budd Boetticher's gangster melodrama, "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (1960), and the 1961 biopic of gangster Dutch Schultz, "Portrait of a Mobster." That same year he also starred in the title role of "The George Raft Story."

In 1964 Danton moved to Italy, where he starred in numerous low-budget films and turned to directing with "Deathmaster" (1972). He formed his own production company in Barcelona before returning in 1975 to the US, where he become a TV director for Universal. Danton helmed episodes of "Cagney and Lacey," "Quincy," "Fame" and "Dallas" and served as supervising producer on "The New Mike Hammer" TV series (1986-87). Danton was at one time married to actress Julie Adams.

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DIRECTOR:

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  The Deathmaster (1972) Director
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  John Henry (1987) Director
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  Vietnam War Story (1987) Director ("Home")
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  Feel the Heat (1983) Director
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  Bender (1979) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pursuit (1975)
2.
 Centerfold Girls, The (1974) Perry
3.
 Runaway! (1973) Professor Jack Dunn
4.
 The Ballad of Billie Blue (1972) Carlton Jacobs
5.
 Very Missing Person, A (1972) Captain Westering
6.
 Banyon (1971) Victor Pappas
7.
 The Last Mercenary (1969) Mark [Marco] Anderson
8.
 Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966) Bryan Cooper
9.
 FBI Code 98 (1964) Fred Vitale
10.
 A Majority of One (1962) Jerome Black
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Began career as a child performer on the radio show, "Let's Pretend" at age 12
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Appeared in London stage production of "Mister Roberts"
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Served in the US military during the Korean War
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Appeared on live TV dramas including "Studio One" and "The Philco Playhouse"
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Moved to Hollywood
1954:
Film debut in "Chief Crazy Horse"
1955:
Career breakthrough as heavy in "I'll Cry Tomorrow"
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Played saloon owner on TV series, "The Alaskans"
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Appeared on stage in "Tiger at the Gates" with Robert Ryan, and the musicals "Carnival" and "110 in the Shade"
1964:
Moved to Italy; appeared in Italian-produced films
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Directed 17 films in Italy and Spain including "The Deathmaster" (1972) and "Crypt of the Dead" (1973); ran his own production company in Barcelona
1975:
Returned to USA; directed stage production of "South Pacific" in Hawaii
1975:
Screenwriting debut and his first US independent feature as director, "Psychic Killer"
1976:
Hired by Universal as a TV director; directed episodes of "Cagney & Lacey"
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Served as supervising producer of the TV series, "The New Mike Hammer"
1987:
Directed "John Henry" starring Danny Glover and Tom Hulce for Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater"
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Education

Horace Mann School: New York , New York -
Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

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wife:
Julie Adams. Actor. Married in 1954; divorced in 1974; born on October 17, 1926; met while working on Universal feature, "The Looters" (1955).
companion:
Jeannie Austin.

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son:
Steve Danton. Assistant director. Mother, Julie Adams.
son:
Mitchell Danton. Editor. Mother, Julie Adams.

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