Nicholas Ray (I) (1911–1979)


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Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year, but made such ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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(1955)
(1977)
Hair The General
(1979)
(1960)

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 1980 Lightning Over Water (Documentary) (as Nick Ray)
 1978 Marco (Short)
 1974 Wet Dreams (segment "The Janitor")
 1961 King of Kings
 1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series) (1 episode)
- High Green Wall (1959)
 1958 Party Girl
 1956 Hot Blood
 1955 Run for Cover
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1 episode)
- High Green Wall (1954)
 1954 Johnny Guitar
 1952 Androcles and the Lion (uncredited)
 1952 The Lusty Men
 1952 Macao (uncredited)
 1951 The Racket (uncredited)
 1949 Roseanna McCoy (uncredited)
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Other Works:

In 1971 he was hired as a member of the cinema department faculty at Harpur College, currently Binghamton University, and made "We Can't Go Home Again" (1973) with his students. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nick Ray

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on James Dean] The conflict between giving himself and fear of giving in to his own feelings; a vulnerability so deeply embedded that one is instantly moved, almost disturbed by it. See more »

Trivia:

Of his own films, his personal favorite was Rebel Without a Cause (1955), which is also easily his most commercially successful film. Ray was also proud of his work on They Live by Night (1948), and the fact that he had been able to "wing it" on The Lusty Men (1952). He admitted that In a Lonely Place (1950) was "a very personal film". See more »

Trademark:

Often contrasts frustrating city life with nature, which usually brings inner peace to his protagonists See more »

Nickname:

Nick

Star Sign:

Leo

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