Died Today (January 1st): Ray Walston (1914–2001)

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raywalston.jpgRay Walston (1914–2001)

Born: December 2, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: January 1, 2001 (age 86) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

(his 1995 Emmy Award acceptance speech) I have 30 seconds to tell you I have been waiting 60 years to get on this stage.

(on being labeled a character actor) I’m an actor and that’s it — period. Producers and studios have thrown many things at me over the years: comedy, tragedy, drama, drawing-room comedy. I’ve managed to keep my head above water in most of these genres, but I don’t put myself in any one category like “comic actor” or “musical-comedy” actor.

DAMN YANKEES
1958
dir. George Abbott
Stanley Donen
Stars:
Tab Hunter
Gwen Verdon
SOUTH PACIFIC
1958
dir. Joshua Logan
Starring:
Rossano Brazzi
Mitzi Gaynor
The StingThe Sting
1973
dir. George Roy Hill
starring
Newman

The Apartment, 1960, dir. Billy Wilder starring Jack Lemon, Shirley MacLaineThe Apartment
1960
dir. Billy Wilder
starring
Jack Lemon

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