Raymond Massey

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  • Birth Name: Raymond Hart Massey
  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: July 29, 1983
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Decided to try acting after staging plays for recreation as a member of the Canadian armed forces fighting World War I on the Siberian front.
  • His deeply religious father would not let him pursue an acting career unless he vowed not to work on the Sabbath.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1930 in Symphony in Two Flats.
  • The film Adam's Rib was inspired by his divorce from Adrianne Allen. After hiring the married lawyers William and Dorothy Whitney to handle legal proceedings, the Whitneys divorced each other and married Allen and Massey, respectively.
  • His brother Vincent Massey was a prominent Canadian politician.
  • Was an ardent supporter of Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign and not only appeared in a campaign film but toured the country with the candidate.
  • Died on the same day as his The Prisoner of Zenda co-star David Niven.
  • Has a cocktail named for him, which contains Canadian rye whiskey, ginger syrup and champagne.

Awards

  • 1940, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Chester Daniel Massey — Father
  • Anna Massey — Daughter
  • Dorothy Whitney — Husband (deceased)
  • Anna Vincent Massey — Mother
  • Charles Vincent Massey — Brother
  • Daniel Massey — Son
  • Peggy Fremantle — Ex-wife
  • Geoffrey Massey — Son
  • Adrianne Allen — Ex-wife
  • Dorothy Whitney — Stepdaughter

College

  • Attended University of Toronto, Victoria College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; University of Oxford, Balliol College, Oxford, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Raymond Hart Massey
  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: July 29, 1983
  • Profession: Actor