Aldo Ray


Actor
Aldo Ray

About

Also Known As
Aldo Dare
Birth Place
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
September 25, 1926
Died
March 27, 1991
Cause of Death
Throat Cancer And Complications From Pneumonia

Biography

Gravel-voiced, thick-set former Navy frogman who was running for constable of Crockett, CA, when he drove his brother to an audition for the film "Saturday's Hero" (1951) and was hired instead by director David Miller. Early in Ray's career he starred in romantic leads, as one of the reminiscing lovers in George Cukor's "The Marrying Kind" (1951) and opposite Rita Hayworth in "Miss Sadie...

Photos & Videos

Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
Drive a Crooked Road - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Shirley Green
Wife
Married in August 1951, divorced.
Jeff Donnell
Wife
Actor. Married on November 30, 1954; separated in September 1955; divorced in 1956; second wife.
Johanna Bennett
Wife
Casting director. Married March 27, 1960; divorced in March 1967.

Notes

He received the best actor award from the Adult Film Association for his performance in "Sweet Savage" (1979)

He is a member of the American Legion.

Biography

Gravel-voiced, thick-set former Navy frogman who was running for constable of Crockett, CA, when he drove his brother to an audition for the film "Saturday's Hero" (1951) and was hired instead by director David Miller. Early in Ray's career he starred in romantic leads, as one of the reminiscing lovers in George Cukor's "The Marrying Kind" (1951) and opposite Rita Hayworth in "Miss Sadie Thompson" (1953). In comic roles, Ray was the none-too-bright boxer in Cukor's "Pat and Mike" (1952) and an escaped convict in Michael Curtiz's "We're No Angels" (1955). By the mid-50s Ray was typecast as a hot-blooded, gung-ho character in action films and as GIs in "Battle Cry" (1955), "Men in War" (1957) and his last major film, "The Green Berets" (1968) with John Wayne.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Shooters (1990)
Shock 'Em Dead (1990)
Tony
Swift Justice (1989)
Dark Sanity (1989)
Blood Red (1989)
Terror Night (1989)
Star Slammer, the Escape (1988)
The Sicilian (1987)
Hollywood Cop (1987)
Fong
The Sicilian (Director's Cut) (1987)
To Kill a Stranger (1987)
Inspector Benedict
Evils of the Night (1985)
Fred
Flesh and Bullets (1985)
Prison Ship (1984)
Torturer
Biohazard (1983)
General Randolph
The Executioner Part II (1982)
Police Commissioner
The Secret Of Nimh (1982)
Voice
Boxoffice (1982)
Human Experiments (1980)
Samuel Fuller & The Big Red One (1979)
Narrator
Little Moon & Jud McGraw (1978)
Bog (1978)
Sheriff Neal Rydholm
Death Dimension (1978)
Haunted (1977)
Kino, the Padre on Horseback (1977)
Haunts (1977)
Sherrif
The Glove (1976)
Prison Guard
Inside Out (1976)
Sergeant Prior
The Bad Bunch (1976)
Psychic Killer (1975)
Anderson
Stud Brown (1975)
The Man Who Would Not Die (1975)
Promise Him Anything... (1975)
Cop
Seven Alone (1974)
Dr Dutch
The Dynamite Brothers (1974)
The Centerfold Girls (1974)
And Hope to Die (1972)
Mattone
Angel Unchained (1970)
Sheriff
The Power (1968)
Bruce
The Green Berets (1968)
Sergeant Muldoon
Welcome to Hard Times (1967)
"Man from Bodie"
The Violent Ones (1967)
Joe Vorzyck
Riot on Sunset Strip (1967)
Lieut. Walt Lorimer
Kill a Dragon (1967)
Vigo
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Sergeant Rizzo
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)
Eddie Hart
Sylvia (1965)
Jonas Karoki
Johnny Nobody (1965)
Johnny
Nightmare in the Sun (1964)
The sheriff
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)
Charles Norgate
God's Little Acre (1958)
Will Thompson
The Naked and the Dead (1958)
Sgt. Sam Croft
Nightfall (1957)
James Vanning, also known as Art Rayburn
Men in War (1957)
Montana [Sgt. Joseph R. Willomet]
Three Stripes in the Sun (1955)
M/Sgt. Hugh O'Reilly
Battle Cry (1955)
Andy Hookans
We're No Angels (1955)
Albert
Miss Sadie Thompson (1954)
Sgt. Phil O'Hara
Let's Do It Again (1953)
Frank McGraw
The Marrying Kind (1952)
Chet Keefer
Pat and Mike (1952)
Davie Hucko
The Barefoot Mailman (1951)
Beachcomber
Saturday's Hero (1951)
Gene Hausler
My True Story (1951)
Mark Foster
Never Trust a Gambler (1951)
Trooper

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Women in White (1979)

Life Events

1944

Was a Navy frogman and took part in the invasion of Okinawa

1950

Was campaigning for election as constable of Crockett CA when he was signed for first film, "Saturday's Hero"; elected constable and resigned after eight months (November 1950-September 1951, having made no arrests)

1951

Film debut, "Saturday's Hero"

1958

TV debut, "K.O. Kitty" on "Desilu Playhouse"

1968

Last major film role in "The Green Berets"

1979

Appeared (clothed) in X-rated porn film, "Sweet Savage"

1983

Made theatrical stage debut in "Stalag 17" at the La Jolla Playhouse, CA

Photo Collections

Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
Drive a Crooked Road - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Drive a Crooked Road - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

Nightfall (1957) - Five Dollars In an apparent chance-meeting an an L-A bar, Jim Vanning (Aldo Ray) helps out the stranded Marie Gardner (Anne Bancroft), just a couple minutes into Nightfall, 1957, adapted from the novel by David Goodis.
Nightfall (1957) - A Few Honest Words L-A artist Jim (Aldo Ray), who met model Marie (Anne Bancroft) earlier at a bar, visits her apartment, thinking she might have set him up for the beating he took, then starts to explain he's not the bad guy, then realizes they should probably run, the pieces starting to come together, Jacques Tourneur directing, from a David Goodis novel, in Nightfall, 1957.
Nightfall (1957) - In Tones Of Pale Beige Marie (Anne Bancroft) is modeling at a department store (the old J.W. Robinson, Beverly Hills, torn down in 2014) when she spots her stalkers (including Brian Keith) then friend Jim (Aldo Ray) with whom she makes a hasty getaway, Jacques Tourneur directing from Stirling Silliphant's script and the David Goodis novel, in Nightfall, 1957.
Nightfall (1957) - Big Trouble L-A model Marie (Anne Bancroft) makes friends with artist Jim (Aldo Ray), from whom she just borrowed five bucks at the bar, his own troubles not yet revealed, in director Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, 1957, adapted from the novel by David Goodis.
Miss Sadie Thompson (1954) - Refrigeration Unit Somerset Maugham's story updated to post-WWII American Samoa, marines Aldo Ray, Henry Slate and Charles Buchinsky (later Bronson) on their heels as director Curtis Bernhardt introduces Rita Hayworth, the title character, early in Miss Sadie Thompson, 1954.
Riot On Sunset Strip (1967) - Open, These Are Not Dangerous Revolutionaries Framing from producer Sam Katzman, including exteriors of the real Pandora’s Box, center of the LA “curfew riots” on which the movie is sort-of based, cutting to The Standells, with an original co-written by guitarist Tony Valentino, drummer Dick Dodd on the vocal, opening Riot On Sunset Strip, 1967, starring Aldo Ray.
Riot On Sunset Strip (1967) - Invasion Of Longhairs First scene for top-billed Aldo Ray as LA cop Lorimer, reasonable but not satisfying reporter Stokes (Bill Baldwin), then grumbling with pal Tweedy (Michael Evans), before we glimpse his unspecified link to Andy (Mimsy Farmer), hanging with pals at a dicey joint, in Riot On Sunset Strip, 1967.
Riot On Sunset Strip (1967) - Another Troubled Weekend Andy (Mimsy Farmer) with her inebriate mom (Hortense Petra, wife of producer Sam Katzman), whom she dared not call when she got arrested, then watching her estranged police officer father (Aldo Ray) on TV, then back to the club, Larry Tamblyn leading The Standells with another original tune, in Riot On Sunset Strip, 1967.
Marrying Kind, The (1952) - It's A Dead One George Cukor's opening, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin's original script emphasizing candor over comedy, married Florence (Judy Holliday) and Chet (Aldo Ray) under the sway of Judge Carroll (Madge Kennedy), in The Marrying Kind, 1952.
Marrying Kind, The (1952) - Don't Remember No Rhumba Recounting for the divorce judge, Florence (Judy Holliday) and Chet (Aldo Ray) not agreeing about a party at her sister's and a trip to the airport, fancy sound editing, in The Marrying Kind, 1952, directed by George Cukor.
Marrying Kind, The (1952) - You Take Most People Just after her Atlantic City honeymoon, Florence (Judy Holliday) hosts friend Emily (Peggy Cass), her mother (Phyllis Povah) and affluent sister (Sheila Bond) in her Manhattan apartment, in The Marrying Kind, 1952, from Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin's original screenplay.
Battle Cry (1955) - Scenes Like This James Whitmore who will appear as Marine Sgt. “Mac” narrates, as we meet several main characters, Tab Hunter as Danny, Mona Freeman his girl, William Campbell as “Ski,” then others including Fess Parker, Felix Noriego, Tab Hunter and Aldo Ray, opening the war-melodrama Battle Cry, 1955.

Trailer

Family

Silvo M DaRe
Father
Italian immigrant.
Maria DaRe
Mother
Italian immigrant.
Guido DaRe
Brother
Mario DaRe
Brother
Louis DaRe
Brother
Regina Da Rae Winers
Sister
Clair DaRae
Daughter
Mother, Shirley Green.
Eric DaRe
Son
Actor. Mother, Johanna Bennett; co-starred on TV series, "Twin Peaks" as the drug-dealing wife-beater Leo Johnson.
Paul DaRe
Son
Accountant. Mother, Johanna Bennett.

Companions

Shirley Green
Wife
Married in August 1951, divorced.
Jeff Donnell
Wife
Actor. Married on November 30, 1954; separated in September 1955; divorced in 1956; second wife.
Johanna Bennett
Wife
Casting director. Married March 27, 1960; divorced in March 1967.

Bibliography

Notes

He received the best actor award from the Adult Film Association for his performance in "Sweet Savage" (1979)

He is a member of the American Legion.