Ray Middleton (actor)

Raymond Earl Middleton (February 8, 1907 – April 10, 1984), known and billed as Ray Middleton, was an American stage, TV, and movie actor.

Ray Middleton
Born(1907-02-08)February 8, 1907
DiedApril 10, 1984(1984-04-10) (aged 77)
Years active1933–1982
Spouse(s)Caroline Maye, Patricia Dinnell[1] Was at one time also married to Carolyn Sombrotto.

Biography and career

Middleton was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1933, he appeared in the broadway play Roberta. Later in 1938, he appeared in the musical Knickerbocker Holiday. During the early 1940s, he appeared in the movies Gangs of Chicago, the original Hurricane Smith (playing the title role), and Lady for a Night, which starred Joan Blondell and John Wayne. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, appearing in the Air Forces show Winged Victory. In 1946, he co-starred with Ethel Merman in the original Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun. In 1948, he starred in Love Life with Nanette Fabray.

In 1950, he co-starred with Mary Martin in South Pacific. In 1965, he played the dual roles of the Innkeeper and the Governor in the original stage production of Man of La Mancha.

In television, Middleton's appearances included The Ed Sullivan Show (once as a guest host), the Colgate Comedy Hour, and Chrysler's Shower of Stars in the 1950s. He co-starred with Phil Silvers and Lee Remick in a 1967 TV adaptation of Damn Yankees!.

During the 1970s, Middleton appeared in the TV movie Hec Ramsey as a judge, in the musical movie 1776, as Colonel Thomas McKean, and in the first TV adaptation of Helter Skelter as rancher George Spahn. He also voiced the character Pepperino in the cartoon Tubby the Tuba.

Middleton's last appearances were as Cardinal Reardon in an episode of M*A*S*H ("Blood Brothers", featuring Patrick Swayze), and as grandfather Huey Rush in the comedy Too Close for Comfort.

Middleton died in Panorama City, California at the age of 77.



Year Title Role Notes
1938You and MeSalesmanUncredited
1940Gangs of ChicagoBill Whitaker
1941Lady from LouisianaBlackburn 'Blackie' Williams
1941Hurricane Smith'Hurricane' Smith
1941Mercy IslandWarren Ramsey
1942Lady for a NightAlan Alderson
1942The Girl from AlaskaSteve Bently
1952I Dream of JeanieEdwin P. Christy
1953Sweethearts On ParadeCameron "Cam" Ellerby
1954Jubilee TrailCharles Hale
1955I Cover the UnderworldPolice Chief Corbett
1955The Road to DenverJohn Sutton
19721776Col. Thomas McKean (DE)
1975Tubby the TubaThe Great PepperinoVoice


Year Title Role Notes
1972Hec RamseyJudge Leroy Tate1 episode
1972IronsideJudge1 episode
1976Helter SkelterMr. SpahnTV miniseries
1977Charlie's AngelsJardine1 episode
1981M*A*S*HCardinal Reardon1 episode


  1. "Famous Iowans - Ray Middleton - DesMoinesRegister.com". data.desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved 6 September 2018.

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