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John Wray

Highest Rated:   100% Remember the Night (1940)
Lowest Rated:   75% Doctor X (1932)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
94% 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 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 The Match King
  • Foreman
1932
No Score Yet The Death Kiss
  • Det. Lt. Sheehan
1932
100% 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
No Score Yet Safe in Hell
  • Egan
1931
100% All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Himmelstoss
1930

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