Gary Raymond

Gary Raymond
Gary Raymond

Gary Raymond. Wikipedia

Gary Raymond was born in 1935 in London.   His first film was the swashbuckler “The Moonraker” with George Baker and Sylvia Syms in 1958.   He went on to star with Richard Burton in “Look Back in AAnger” and with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in “Suddenly Last Summer”.   He played the title role in “The Playboy of the Western World” in 1962 with Siobhan McKenna as Pegeen Mike.   In 1965 he went to Hollywood to play St. Peter in “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and stayed to make the cult television series “The Rat Patrol”.   By the late 1960’s he was back in England again where he has had a long career on the stage and in movies and television.

Gary Brumburgh’s entry:

Born in Brixton, England in 1935, robust and good-looking Gary Raymond came from an acting family. Born Gary Barrymore Raymond, the youngest of three sons (one brother is a twin), his parents were music hall entertainers. Gary won a scholarship at the age of 11 to Gateway School in Leicaster, then graduated five years later and took on assorted odd jobs as a furrier and clerk while studying drama through the auspices of the London County Council.

He was accepted by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and trained there until he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in the mid-50s. Amid the wealth of his Shakespearean repertoire include the roles of “Horatio”, “Claudius”, “Macbeth”, “Oberon”, “Benedick”, “Orlando” and “Antonio”.

The darkly handsome youth bravado on film often bordered on arrogance, slightly resembled that of John Gavin and was a natural for movies. He earned quite a few formidable parts in films for his young age, most notably that of “Prince Charles Stuart” in The Moonraker (1958), “Cliff Lewis” in Look Back in Anger (1959), which was originally played by Alan Bates on stage, the title role in the Irish classic Playboy of the Western World (1963), “Prince Acastus” in Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and “St. Peter” in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

These important, well-acted credits soon caught the notice of Hollywood and Gary won a co-starring role opposite the equally ruggedly handsome Christopher George on the TV war series The Rat Patrol (1966) as “British Sergeant Jack Moffitt”. The show, which seemed like a surefire winner, ran a disappointing two seasons.

Primarily a stage player these days, Gary made an impressive dent on the London musical scene over the years, originating the role of “Georg” in “She Loves Me” (1964), as well as appearing in “Irma La Douce” (1958), “Treasure Island” (1973), “The Sound of Music” (1985), “Sunday in the Park with George” (1990), “A Little Night Music” (1995), “JFK: A Musical Drama” (1997), “Finian’s Rainbow” (1999) and, more recently, “Grand Hotel” (2004).

He has been less visible on film and TV since the late 60s. Wife Delena Kidd is also a respected actress who specializes in Shakespeare and Shaw. The couple have performed together many times on stage, not to mention the popular mini-moviesScarlett (1994) and Victoria & Albert (2001). Married since 1961, they have three children — one daughter, Emily Raymond, is also an actress.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

TCM Overview:

Gary Raymond was an actor who graced the silver screen many times throughout his  career. Raymond’s early acting career consisted of roles in various films, such as the Richard Burton drama “Look Back in Anger” (1959), the Elizabeth Taylor drama “Suddenly, Last Summer” (1960) and the Charlton Heston dramatic biopic “El Cid” (1961). He also appeared in “The Millionairess” (1961) with Sophia Loren.

He kept working in film throughout the sixties and the eighties, starring in the adventure “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963) with Todd Armstrong and the drama “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965) with Max von Sydow. His work around this time also included a part on the TV movie “The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank” (CBS, 1987-88). He also worked in television during these years, including a part on “The Rat Patrol” (ABC, 1966-68). Additionally, he appeared on the television special “Twelfth Night” (1989-1990). Raymond most recently acted in “The Foreigner” (2002).

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