Ray Montgomery

Ray Montgomery

  • Highest Rated: 100% Madigan (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
  • Birthday: May 27, 1922
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Ray Montgomery was a gifted character actor who spent his early career trapped behind a too-attractive face, which got him through the studio door in the days just before World War II, but limited him to callow, handsome supporting roles. Born in 1922, Montgomery joined Warner Bros. in 1941 and spent the next two years working in short-subjects and playing small, uncredited parts in feature films, including All Through The Night, Larceny, Inc., Air Force, and Action In The North Atlantic -- in all of which he was overshadowed by lead players such as Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and John Garfield, and the veteran character actors in supporting roles (including Alan Hale, William Demarest, Frank McHugh, Barton McLane, and Edward Brophy) at every turn. And even in The Hard Way as Jimmy Gilpin, he was overshadowed (along with everyone else) by Ida Lupino. Montgomery went into uniform in 1943 and didn't return to the screen until three years later, when he resumed his career precisely where he left off, playing a string of uncredited roles. He got what should have been his breakthrough in 1948 with Bretaigne Windust's comedy June Bride, and his first really visible supporting role -- but again, he was lost amid the presence of such players as Robert Montgomery and Bette Davis and a screwball-comedy story-line. It was back to uncredited parts for the next few years, until the advent of dramatic television. In the early 1950s, after establishing himself on the small-screen as a quick study and a good actor, Montgomery finally got co-starring status in the syndicated television series Ramar of the Jungle, playing Professor Howard Ogden, friend and colleague of the Jon Hall's title-character in the children's adventure series. The show was rerun on local television stations continuously into the 1960s. By then, Montgomery had long since moved on to more interesting parts and performances in a multitude of dramatic series and feature films. He proved much better with edgy character roles and outright bad guys than he had ever been at playing good natured background figures -- viewers of The Adventures of Superman (which has been in reruns longer than even Ramar), in particular, may know Montgomery best for two 1956 episodes, his grinning, casual villainy in the episode "Jolly Roger" and his sadistic brutality in "Dagger Island", where his character convincingly turns on his own relatives (as well as a hapless Jimmy Olsen). He could do comedy as well as drama, and was seen in multiple episodes of The Lone Ranger, The Gale Storm Show, and Lassie, in between movie stints that usually had him in taciturn roles, such as Bombers B-52 (1957) and A Gathering of Eagles (1963). During the 1960s, the now-balding, white-haired Montgomery was perhaps most visible in police-oriented parts, as a tough old NYPD detective in Don Siegel's Madigan (1968) and as an equally crusty (but sensitive) LAPD lieutenant in the Dragnet episode "Community Relations: DR-17". Montgomery's last screen appearance was in the series Hunter -- following his retirement from acting, he opened a notably successful California real estate agency.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Resurrection of Broncho Billy Actor 1970
100% Madigan Detective O'Mara 1968
57% A Guide for the Married Man Party Guest 1967
No Score Yet The Silencers Agent C 1966
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles Capt. Linc 1963
No Score Yet A Private's Affair Capt. Hickman 1959
65% Peyton Place Naval Officer 1957
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Lt. j.g. 1957
No Score Yet Bombers B-52 Barnes 1957
No Score Yet Three Brave Men Sanford 1956
No Score Yet Manhunt in Space Reggie 1954
No Score Yet Sabre Jet Maj. James Daniel 1953
98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Peters 1953
91% Pickup on South Street F.B.I. Agent 1953
88% Monkey Business Cop 1952
No Score Yet One Minute to Zero (uncredited) 1952
No Score Yet Bugles in the Afternoon Osborne 1952
No Score Yet The Las Vegas Story Desk Clerk 1952
No Score Yet Starlift Capt. Nelson 1951
No Score Yet Love Nest Mr. Gray 1951
100% People Will Talk Doctor 1951
No Score Yet Tomahawk Blair Streeter 1951
No Score Yet Ramar and the Jungle Voodoo Actor 1951
No Score Yet The Lady Takes a Sailor Lab Man 1949
97% White Heat Ernie Trent 1949
No Score Yet Task Force Pilot 1949
No Score Yet John Loves Mary Elevator Man 1949
No Score Yet June Bride Jim Mitchell 1948
89% Johnny Belinda Tim Moore 1948
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Young Man in Park (uncredited) 1948
No Score Yet That Hagen Girl College Student 1947
No Score Yet The Unsuspected Reporter 1947
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Secretary 1947
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Aherne 1943
80% Air Force Pvt. Chester 1943
No Score Yet The Hard Way Johnny Gilpin 1943
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters Joe 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Young Man 1942
No Score Yet Captains of the Clouds Actor 1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal Student 1942
No Score Yet Maybe It's Love Ray 1930

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Santa Claus
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Sgt. Boardman
  • 1968
93% Batman
1966-1968
Dan
  • 1966
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
1st Deputy Attendant
  • 1966
  • 1961
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Man #1
  • 1965
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Director
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
Kenny's Father Herb Wilson
  • 1962
  • 1958
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Intern Man Attendant
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1955
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Howard
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1952-1966
Officer Ed
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Jeff Ripples
  • 1956

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