Raymond Massey

Raymond Massey

Highest Rated: 100% The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Lowest Rated: 2% Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)

Birthday: Aug 30, 1896

Birthplace: Not Available

As one of several sons of the owner of Toronto's Massey/Harris Agricultural Implement Company, Raymond Massey was expected to distinguish himself in business or politics or both (indeed, one of Raymond's brothers, Vincent Massey, later became Governor General of Canada). But after graduating form Oxford University, Massey defied his family's wishes and became an actor. He made his first stage appearance in a British production of Eugene O'Neill's In the Zone in 1922. By 1930, Massey was firmly established as one of the finest classical actors on the British stage; that same year he came to Broadway to play the title role in Hamlet. In 1931, Massey starred in his first talking picture, The Speckled Band, portraying Sherlock Holmes. One year later, he was co-starred with Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart and Ernst Thesiger in his first Hollywood film, the classic The Old Dark House (1932). Returning to England, Massey continued dividing his time between stage and screen, offering excellent performances in such major motion-picture efforts as The Scarlet Pimpernal (1935) and Things to Come (1936). In 1938, he was cast in his most famous role: Abraham Lincoln, in Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Massey repeated his Lincoln characterization in the 1940 film version of the Sherwood play, and 22 years later played a cameo as Honest Abe in How the West Was Won (1962). Refusing to allow himself to be pigeonholed as Lincoln, Massey played the controversial abolitionist John Brown in both Santa Fe Trail (1940) and Seven Angry Men (1955), and gave an effectively straight-faced comic performance as mass murderer Jonathan Brewster (a role originally written for Boris Karloff) in Frank Capra's riotous 1941 filmization of Arsenic And Old Lace. Though he would portray a wisecracking AWOL Canadian soldier in 1941's 49th Parallel and a steely-eyed Nazi officer in 1943's Desperate Journey, Massey served valiantly in the Canadian Army in both World Wars. On television, Massey played "Anton the Spymaster", the host of the 1955 syndicated anthology I Spy; and, more memorably, portrayed Dr. Gillespie in the 1960s weekly Dr. Kildare. An inveterate raconteur, Massey wrote two witty autobiographies, When I Was Young and A Thousand Lives (neither of which hinted at his legendary on-set contentiousness). Married three times, Raymond Massey was the father of actors Daniel and Anne Massey.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Christmas Consultant Producer 2012
No Score Yet Seeds of Destruction (The Terror Beneath) Producer 2011
2% Kickin' It Old Skool Producer $4.5M 2007
29% Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity Producer 2004
50% The Burial Society Producer 2003
No Score Yet Black Point Producer 2002
No Score Yet The President's Plane Is Missing Secretary of State 1972
20% MacKenna's Gold The Preacher 1969
86% How the West Was Won Abraham Lincoln 1963
No Score Yet Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Great Imposter Abbott Donner 1961
No Score Yet The Queen's Guards Actor 1961
83% The Naked and the Dead Gen. Cummings 1958
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam The Shah 1957
No Score Yet The Naked Eye Narrator 1956
86% East of Eden Adam Trask 1955
No Score Yet Battle Cry Gen. Snipes 1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players Junius Brutus Booth 1955
No Score Yet The Desert Song Actor 1953
No Score Yet Carson City A.J. 'Big' Jack Davis 1952
No Score Yet Come Fill the Cup John Ives 1951
83% David and Bathsheba Nathan 1951
No Score Yet Dallas Will Marlow 1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning Leland Willis 1950
No Score Yet Barricade Boss Kruger 1950
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy Old Randall McCoy 1949
83% The Fountainhead Gail Wynand 1949
60% Mourning Becomes Electra Actor 1947
89% Possessed Dean Graham 1947
97% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) Abraham Farlan 1947
No Score Yet Hotel Berlin Arnim von Dahnwitz 1945
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot Maj. Gen. Chennault 1945
91% The Woman in the Window D.A. Frank Lalor 1944
88% Arsenic and Old Lace Jonathan Brewster 1944
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Capt. Steve Jarvis 1943
67% Desperate Journey Maj. Otto Baumeister 1942
78% Reap the Wild Wind King Cutler 1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live Dr. Ingersoll 1941
91% 49th Parallel (The Invaders) Andy Brock 1941
83% Abe Lincoln in Illinois Abraham Lincoln 1940
83% Santa Fe Trail John Brown 1940
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Sand(Black Limelight) Peter Charrington 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
83% The Drum (Drums) Prince Ghul 1938
100% The Prisoner of Zenda Black Michael 1937
No Score Yet Fire Over England King Philip II 1937
No Score Yet Under the Red Robe Cardinal Richelieu 1937
No Score Yet The Hurricane Governor Eugene De Laage 1937
93% Things to Come Oswald Cabal 1936
88% The Scarlet Pimpernel Chauvelin 1935
100% The Old Dark House Philip Waverton 1932
No Score Yet Dreaming Lips Miguel del Vayo 1932
No Score Yet The Speckled Band Sherlock Holmes 1931

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Hunter Dr. Glendon 1972
1971
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare
1961-1966
Leonard Gillespie 1966
1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Sam Pine 1959

QUOTES FROM Raymond Massey CHARACTERS

Maj. Otto Baumeister says: I regret that it must be the iron fist.

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond says: Half American, half Jersey City. (his nationality)

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond says: Half American, half Jersey City. [his nationality]

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond says: The iron fist has a glass jaw. (he knocked out Major Otto)

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond says: The iron fist has a glass jaw. [he knocked out Major Otto]

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond says: Why do you have to wake me up everytime I have a date with Ann Sheridan?

Dr. Einstein says: You shouldn't have killed him. Just because he know something about us, what happens?

Jonathan Brewster says: We come to him for help, and he tries to shake us down. Besides, he said I looked like Boris Karloff!