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Ray Collins



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Texas Heart
  • Actor
2016
51% The Three Stooges
  • Carbunkle
2012
No Score Yet See Here, Private Hargrove
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Grave Decisions
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: In the 1960s
  • Actor
2009
96% 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
83% The Desperate Hours
  • Masters
1955
No Score Yet Hour of Stars
  • 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
33% The Racket
  • Welch
1951
No Score Yet You're in the Navy Now
  • Adm. Tennant
1951
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Francis
  • Col. Hooker
1950
No Score Yet Summer Stock
  • Jasper G. Wingait
1950
83% The Fountainhead
  • Enright
1949
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado
  • Big Ed Carter
1949
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
71% A Double Life
  • Victor Donlan
1947
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet
  • Houlihan
1947
96% 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
95% 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
83% 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
91% The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Jack Amberson
1942
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through
  • Capt. McCall
1942
100% Citizen Kane
  • Boss James W. Gettys
1941

Quotes from Ray Collins' Characters