Ray Danton

Actor, Director, Radio performer
Handsome lead with dark good looks and sleek black hair who began his career as a child actor on radio and appeared in early live TV dramas in New York. After making his film debut in "Chief Crazy Horse" (1954), Danton ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1931 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Pursuit 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Runaway! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Centerfold Girls 1973 (Movie)

Perry (Actor)

Banyon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

A Majority of One 1961 (Movie)

Jerome Balck (Actor)

Portrait of a Mobster 1961 (Movie)

'Legs' Diamond (Actor)

The Chapman Report 1961 (Movie)

Fred Linden (Actor)

The George Raft Story 1961 (Movie)

George Raft (Actor)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

Captain Frank (Actor)

A Fever in the Blood 1960 (Movie)

Marker (Actor)

Ice Palace 1960 (Movie)

Bay (Actor)

The Alaskans 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond 1960 (Movie)

Jack 'Legs' Diamond (Actor)

The Beat Generation 1959 (Movie)

Stan Hess (Actor)

Onionhead 1958 (Movie)

Ensign Dennis Higgins (Actor)

The Big Operator 1958 (Movie)

Oscar Wetzel (Actor)

Too Much, Too Soon 1958 (Movie)

John Howard (Actor)

Yellowstone Kelly 1958 (Movie)

Sayapi (Actor)

Tarawa Beachead 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant Joel Brady (Actor)

The Night Runner 1956 (Movie)

Roy Turner (Actor)

Chief Crazy Horse 1955 (Movie)

Little Big Man (Actor)

I'll Cry Tomorrow 1955 (Movie)

David Tredman (Actor)

The Spoilers 1955 (Movie)

Bronco (Actor)

A Very Missing Person (TV Show)

Actor
Director (12)

Cagney & Lacey 1976 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

Switch 1975 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Incredible Hulk 1975 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

John Henry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

The New Mike Hammer 1976 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Vietnam War Story 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

Feel the Heat 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

Quincy, M.E. 1976 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

Bender 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Crypt of the Living Dead 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Deathmaster 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Handsome lead with dark good looks and sleek black hair who began his career as a child actor on radio and appeared in early live TV dramas in New York. After making his film debut in "Chief Crazy Horse" (1954), Danton gained notice for his portrayal of Lillian Roth's first love in the soapy biopic "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955). Danton is best remembered for his portrayal of ruthless mobster "Legs" Diamond in both Budd Boetticher's gangster melodrama, "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond" (1960), and the 1961 biopic of gangster Dutch Schultz, "Portrait of a Mobster." That same year he also starred in the title role of "The George Raft Story."

Relationships

Jeannie Austin

Companion

Julie Adams Actor

Wife
Born on October 17, 1926 Met while working on Universal feature, "The Looters" (1955) married in 1954 divorced in 1974

Mitchell Danton

Son
mother, Julie Adams

Steve Danton

Son
mother, Julie Adams

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
school renamed Carnegie-Mellon University

Horace Mann School

New York , New York

Milestones

1987

Directed "John Henry" starring Danny Glover and Tom Hulce for Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater"

1976

Hired by Universal as a TV director; directed episodes of "Cagney & Lacey"

1975

Screenwriting debut and his first US independent feature as director, "Psychic Killer"

1975

Returned to USA; directed stage production of "South Pacific" in Hawaii

1964

Moved to Italy; appeared in Italian-produced films

1955

Career breakthrough as heavy in "I'll Cry Tomorrow"

1954

Film debut in "Chief Crazy Horse"

Began career as a child performer on the radio show, "Let's Pretend" at age 12

Served as supervising producer of the TV series, "The New Mike Hammer"

Served in the US military during the Korean War

Directed 17 films in Italy and Spain including "The Deathmaster" (1972) and "Crypt of the Dead" (1973); ran his own production company in Barcelona

Moved to Hollywood

Appeared on stage in "Tiger at the Gates" with Robert Ryan, and the musicals "Carnival" and "110 in the Shade"

Appeared on live TV dramas including "Studio One" and "The Philco Playhouse"

Appeared in London stage production of "Mister Roberts"

Played saloon owner on TV series, "The Alaskans"

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