A face you immediately recognise. RAY TEAL (1902-1976) had a 4 decade career starting in 1937. Never out of work I imagine, Ray had many uncredited roles for a long time, then in 1946 he got the part of Little John in THE BANDIT OF SHERWOOD FOREST.
Ray has one powerful scene in THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, as the Axis sympathiser who tells ‘Homer’ (Harold Russell) that his sacrifice was in vain – Ray gets a swift punch from Dana Andrews.
ACE IN THE HOLE. What a trio – Ray with Jan Sterling and Kirk Douglas. Ray may be a sheriff in this classic, but he is up to no good!
One I’ve never seen, also from 1946. Ray plays a villainous ship’s captain in this Monogram release about sunken treasure. Eddie Albert starred.
In AMBUSH AT TOMAHAWK GAP(1953), Ray is one of four robbers released from prison who go after the money that landed them in prison.
Ray was a natural in westerns whatever side of the law he was on. He had the moustachioed rough looks to be type cast as mean and treacherous, but surprisingly he often played good guys.
According to IMDB, Ray appeared in 21 films in 1948 and 14 in 1949!
Ray was in several Randolph Scott westerns . He had a small but crucial role in Decision At Sundown, as a local rancher who finally steps in to help the beleaguered Scott.
I know you can only see Ray in profile at far left of this photo, but it’s a good reminder of the great THE DESPERATE HOURS. Ray yet again played a policeman, this time a state trooper.
Ray sits next to Spencer Tracy as one of the judges in JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG.
With Lorne Greene in BONANZA. Ray had a long running role as Sheriff Roy Coffee from 1960 to 1972.
Ray was in every TV series you care to name in the 50s and 60s.
Just one of the great character actors of classic Hollywood.
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