John Wray

Highest Rated: 100% Remember the Night (1940)
Lowest Rated: 75% Doctor X (1932)
Birthday: Feb 13, 1887
Birthplace: Not Available
Lovers of '30s films enjoy pointing out their favorite obscure character actors and identifying them by name. One such actor, Philadelphia-born John Wray, is almost instantly recognizable for his grim countenance, piggish eyes, and chunky frame. He was one of the many Broadway actors to descend on Hollywood in the aftermath of the sound revolution, and as such, made an indelible impression on moviegoers. Though seldom playing anything more than a bit or minor role, Wray was lucky enough to have several indelible screen performances to his credit. In 1930, he played Himmelstoss, the meek postman who becomes a cruel Army drill instructor in the opening scenes of All Quiet on the Western Front; restored prints of this Oscar-winning classic have revealed that Wray's part was originally much larger, including a colorful "mad scene" when the sadistic Himmelstoss finds himself under enemy fire for the first time.Wray also played the Arnold Rothstein-like gangster in The Czar of Broadway (1930); and the contortionist the Frog in the remake of The Miracle Man (1932). Wray's portrayals of proletarian nastiness grew increasingly smaller as the decade progressed but he was very visible as the starving farmer threatening to kill Gary Cooper for throwing his money away in mid-Depression in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (a scene that ends with Wray breaking down sobbing apologetically, inspiring Deeds to set up a financial incentive program to put down-and-outers back on their feet). Avid cinephiles may also remember Wray's portrayal of the warden in Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once (1937). This Wray is not to be confused with the American silent film director and playwright John Griffith Wray of the 1920s.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet A Man to Remember Johnson 1948
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife Farmer 1940
No Score Yet Swiss Family Robinson Ramsey 1940
100% Remember the Night Hank 1940
92% Gone With the Wind Prison Gang Overseer 1939
No Score Yet The Cat and the Canary Hendricks 1939
No Score Yet Golden Boy Chocolate Drop Manager 1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die Peter Kassock 1939
89% Boys Town Bum 1938
No Score Yet Spawn of the North Dr. Sparks 1938
No Score Yet Professor Beware Head lawyer 1938
100% You Only Live Once Warden 1937
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed Sparks 1937
No Score Yet Circus Girl Roebling 1937
No Score Yet Valiant Is the Word for Carrie George Darnley 1936
No Score Yet The President's Mystery Shane 1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Flagin 1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Farmer 1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid The Weasel 1935
No Score Yet Ladies Love Danger Lt. Roberts 1935
No Score Yet Stranded Mike Gibbons 1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking Mannion's Henchman 1935
No Score Yet The Captain Hates the Sea Mr. Jeddock 1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw Man on Street 1934
No Score Yet Green Eyes Inspector Crofton 1934
No Score Yet The Big Shakedown Gardinella 1934
No Score Yet After Tonight Maj. Mitika 1933
No Score Yet The Match King Foreman 1932
No Score Yet The Death Kiss Det. Lt. Sheehan 1932
95% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Nordine 1932
75% Doctor X Dr. Haines 1932
No Score Yet Miss Pinkerton Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Rich Are Always with Us Davis 1932
No Score Yet The Mouthpiece Mr. Barton 1932
No Score Yet High Pressure Jimmy Moore 1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions Kenneth Stone Screenwriter 1931
100% Safe in Hell Egan 1931
100% All Quiet on the Western Front Himmelstoss 1930


No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
  • 1956


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