Ray Collins

Ray Collins

Highest Rated: 100% The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Lowest Rated: 43% The Racket (1951)

Birthday: Dec 10, 1889

Birthplace: Not Available

A descendant of one of California's pioneer families, American actor Ray Collins' interest in the theatre came naturally. His father was drama critic of the Sacramento Bee. Taking to the stage at age 14, Collins moved to British Columbia, where he briefly headed his own stock company, then went on to Broadway. An established theatre and radio performer by the mid-1930s, Collins began a rewarding association with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. He played the "world's last living radio announcer" in Welles' legendary War of the Worlds broadcast of 1938, then moved to Hollywood with the Mercury troupe in 1939. Collins made his film debut as Boss Jim Gettys in Welles' film classic Citizen Kane (1940). After the Mercury disbanded in the early 1940s, Collins kept busy as a film and stage character actor, usually playing gruff business executives. Collins is most fondly remembered by TV fans of the mid-1950s for his continuing role as the intrepid Lt. Tragg on the weekly series Perry Mason.

Highest Rated Movies



51% The Three Stooges Carbunkle $41.9M 2012
No Score Yet Grave Decisions Producer 2012
No Score Yet See Here, Private Hargrove Actor 2012
No Score Yet Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: In the 1960s Actor 2009
95% Touch of Evil District Attorney Adair 1958
100% The Solid Gold Cadillac Alfred Metcalfe 1956
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Dr. Bailey 1956
No Score Yet Texas Lady Mica Ralston (rancher) 1955
86% The Desperate Hours Masters 1955
No Score Yet The Hour of Stars: The Miracle on 34th Street Judge Harper 1955
No Score Yet Athena Mr. Tremaine 1954
No Score Yet The Go-Getter Actor 1954
No Score Yet Rose Marie Insp. Appleby 1954
No Score Yet Bad for Each Other Dan Reasonover 1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Jonathan Parker 1953
No Score Yet Column South Actor 1953
No Score Yet The Kid from Left Field Whacker 1953
No Score Yet Dreamboat Timothy Stone 1952
No Score Yet Young Man with Ideas Edmund Jethrow 1952
No Score Yet Invitation Dr. Warren Pritchard 1952
No Score Yet I Want You Judge Jonathan Turner 1951
43% The Racket Welch 1951
100% You're in the Navy Now Adm. Tennant 1951
100% Vengeance Valley Arch Strobie 1951
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm Jonathan Parker 1951
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead commodore John Baldwin Parker 1950
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire Jonah Evans 1950
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Jonathan Parker 1950
100% The Heiress Jefferson Almond 1950
80% Francis Col. Hooker 1950
100% Summer Stock Jasper G. Wingait 1950
83% The Fountainhead Enright 1949
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado Big Ed Carter 1949
83% It Happens Every Spring Prof. Greenleaf 1949
No Score Yet Command Decision Maj. Desmond Lansing 1948
No Score Yet For the Love of Mary Harvey Elwood 1948
60% Good Sam Rev. Daniels 1948
No Score Yet Homecoming Lt. Col. Avoy Silver 1948
No Score Yet The Red Stallion Barton 1947
75% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Beemish 1947
75% A Double Life Victor Donlan 1947
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet Houlihan 1947
97% The Best Years of Our Lives Mr. Milton 1946
No Score Yet Crack-Up Dr. Lowell 1946
No Score Yet Badman's Territory Col. Farewell 1946
No Score Yet Up Goes Maisie Mr. Henderickson 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Mr. Gordon Stewart 1946
92% Leave Her to Heaven Glen Robie 1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking Mr. Randall 1945
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing Sen. Frost 1944
No Score Yet Guest in the House Deckman West 1944
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Johnny Adair 1944
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang Cardinal von Faulhaber 1944
100% The Seventh Cross Wallau 1944
86% Madame Curie Lecturer 1943
No Score Yet Whistling in Brooklyn Grover Kendall 1943
No Score Yet Crime Doctor Dr. John Carey 1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous Snodgrass 1943
80% The Human Comedy Mr. Macauley 1943
No Score Yet Salute To The Marines Actor 1943
No Score Yet Commandos Strike at Dawn Bergesen 1942
No Score Yet The Big Street Professor B 1942
89% The Magnificent Ambersons Jack Amberson 1942
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through Capt. McCall 1942
100% Citizen Kane Boss James W. Gettys 1941


No Score Yet Perry Mason
Lt. Arthur Tragg 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Banker 1956


Boss Jim Gettys says: You're the greatest fool I've ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I'd say what's going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you're going to need more than one lesson. And you're going to get more than one lesson

Charles Foster Kane says: This gentleman was saying...

Boss Jim Gettys says: I am not a gentleman. I don't even know what a gentleman is.

Richard (Dick) Nugent says: How'd you get in here?

Matt Beemish says: Well, the door was closed, so I opened it and came right in.

Matt Beemish says: I'm the court psychiatrist.

Richard (Dick) Nugent says: Come back in an hour. I'll be crazy by then.