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Gene Raymond

Gene Raymond, born Raymond Guion, was an American film, television, and stage actor of the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to acting, Raymond was also a composer, writer, director, producer, and decorated military pilot. His screen debut was in Personal Maid (1931). Another early appearance was in the multi-director If I Had a Million with W. C. Fields and Charles Laughton. With his blond good looks, classic profile, and youthful exuberance — plus a name change to the more pronounceable "Gene Raymond" — he scored in films like the classic Zoo in Budapest with Loretta Young, and a series of light RKO musicals, mostly with Ann Sothern. He wrote a number of songs, including the popular "Will You?" which he sang to Sothern in Smartest Girl in Town. His wife, Jeanette MacDonald, sang several of his more classical pieces in her concerts and recorded one entitled "Let Me Always Sing". His most notable films, mostly as a second lead actor, include Red Dust (1932) with Jean Harlow and Clark Gable, Zoo in Budapest with Loretta Young, Ex-Lady with Bette Davis, Flying Down to Rio with Dolores del Río, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, I Am Suzanne with Lilian Harvey, Sadie McKee with Joan Crawford, Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery, and The Locket with Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, and Robert Mitchum. MacDonald and Raymond made one film together, Smilin' Through, which came out as the U.S. was on the verge of entering World War II. After service in the United States Army Air Forces Raymond returned to Hollywood. He wrote, directed and starred in the 1949 film Million Dollar Weekend. In later years he appeared in only a few films. His last major film was The Best Man in 1964 with Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson. In the 1950s he mostly worked in television, appearing in Playhouse of Stars, Fireside Theatre, Hollywood Summer Theater and TV Reader's Digest. In the 1970s he appeared on ABC Television Network's Paris 7000 and had guest roles in The Outer Limits, Robert Montgomery Presents, Playhouse 90, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ironside, The Defenders, Mannix, The Name of the Game, Lux Video Theatre, Kraft Television Theatre and U.S. Steel Hour. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gene Raymond, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 13, 1908 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Personal Maid 1931-09-12
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of Mannix
Poster of Ironside
Poster of TV Reader's Digest
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Nelson and Jeanette: America's Singing Sweethearts Self 1992-01-01
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood Himself 1987-07-03
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Movie Five Bloody Graves The Voice of Death 1969-10-31
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie The Best Man Don Cantwell 1964-04-05
Movie I'd Rather Be Rich Martin Wood 1964-08-25
Movie The Hanged Man Whitey Devlin 1964-11-18
Series Channing Matt Bellamy 1963-09-18
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Barbara Stanwyck Show Phil 1960-09-19
Series Johnny Ringo Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Plunder Road Eddie Harris 1957-12-05
Series TV Reader's Digest Unknown 1955-01-17
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie Hit the Deck Wendell Craig 1955-02-24
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Fireside Theater Host 1949-04-05
Movie Sofia Steve Roark 1948-09-03
Movie Assigned to Danger Dan Sullivan 1948-05-19
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Million Dollar Weekend Nicholas Lawrence 1948-10-29
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie The Locket John Willis 1946-12-20
Movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jeff 1941-01-31
Movie Smilin' Through Kenneth 'Ken' Wayne / Jeremy 'Jerry' Wayne 1941-10-01
Movie Cross-Country Romance Lawrence Smith 1940-07-12
Movie Stolen Heaven Carl 1938-05-11
Movie There Goes My Girl Jerry Martin 1937-05-21
Movie She's Got Everything Fuller Partridge 1937-12-31
Movie The Life of the Party Barry Saunders 1937-09-03
Movie The Bride Walks Out Michael Martin 1936-07-10
Movie Love on a Bet Michael MacCreigh 1936-03-06
Movie Walking on Air Pete Quinlan / Count Pierre Louis de Marsac 1936-09-11
Movie Smartest Girl in Town Richard Stuyvesant Smith 1936-11-27
Movie That Girl From Paris Windy McLean 1936-12-31
Movie The Woman in Red John 'Johnny' Wyatt 1935-02-16
Movie Transient Lady Carey Marshall 1935-03-04
Movie Hooray for Love Douglas Tyler 1935-06-14
Movie Seven Keys to Baldpate William Magee 1935-12-13
Movie Coming Out Party Chris Hansen 1934-03-09
Movie Sadie McKee Tommy Wallace 1934-05-09
Movie Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round Jimmy Brett 1934-11-02
Movie Behold My Wife! Michael Carter 1934-12-06
Movie Ann Carver's Profession William Graham 1933-06-09
Movie Zoo in Budapest Zani 1933-04-28
Movie Ex-Lady Don Peterson 1933-05-15
Movie Brief Moment Rodney Deane 1933-09-29
Movie Flying Down to Rio Roger Bond 1933-12-22
Movie I Am Suzanne! Tony Malatini 1933-12-25
Movie The House on 56th Street Monte Van Tyle 1933-12-23
Movie Forgotten Commandments Paul Ossipoff 1932-05-22
Movie The Night of June 13 Herbert Morrow 1932-09-17
Movie Red Dust Gary Willis 1932-10-22
Movie If I Had a Million John Wallace (uncredited) 1932-12-02
Movie Personal Maid Dick Gary 1931-09-12
Movie Ladies of the Big House Standish McNeil 1931-12-26