Known for movies

Short Info

DiedJanuary 21, 2004, Fort Myers, Florida, United States
FactHe served as the navigator of a B-17 during World War II, and was shot down over France. During 2-1/2 years as a POW, he helped prepare the escape depicted in the film The Great Escape (1963) - though he was transferred to another camp before the escape took place.


Ray Rayner was born on August 10, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were both vaudeville performers, and his early education came from watching them rehearse and perform. When he was old enough, he began performing himself, first as a stand-up comedian, and then as an actor and singer. He made his Broadway debut in 1948, and his film debut in 1950.

Rayner’s career took off in the early 1950s, when he began appearing on television. He became a regular on several shows, including “The Howdy Doody Show” and “The Steve Allen Show.” He also had his own show, “The Ray Rayner Show,” which was a hit with kids. In addition to his work on television, Rayner also appeared in a number of films, including “The Pajama Game” and “The Music Man.”

In the 1960s, Rayner’s career began to slow down. He made fewer appearances on television and in films. However, he continued to work steadily, appearing on shows like “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.” He also did voice work for cartoons, including “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo.”

Rayner retired from show business in the early 1990s. He died in 1998 at the age of 71.

During his career, Rayner amassed a considerable fortune. His net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameRay Rayner
DiedJanuary 21, 2004, Fort Myers, Florida, United States
EducationCollege of the Holy Cross, University of Chicago, Fordham University
NationalityAmerican

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Facts

#Fact
1He was nominated for a 1974 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" at the Candlelight Forum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
2He served as the navigator of a B-17 during World War II, and was shot down over France. During 2-1/2 years as a POW, he helped prepare the escape depicted in the film The Great Escape (1963) - though he was transferred to another camp before the escape took place.

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Limit Up1989Announcer
Riptide1985TV SeriesWinston
The Lee Phillip Show1961-1980TV SeriesAnnouncer
Big Top1965TV SeriesOliver O. Oliver
Ray Rayner and His Friends1964TV SeriesHost
Bozo's Circus1961TV SeriesOliver O. Oliver (1961-1971)
Shades of Gray1948ShortU,S, Army Soldier (as Ray Rahner)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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