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Raymond Massey Biography

Birth Name:
Raymond Hart Massey
Birth Place:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1940Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated