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Raymond Massey

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Raymond Massey
Massey in May 1961
Raymond Hart Massey

(1896-08-30)August 30, 1896
DiedJuly 29, 1983(1983-07-29) (aged 86)
Cause of deathPneumonia
Resting placeBeaverdale Memorial Park in New Haven, Connecticut
Years active1918-1973
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Margery Fremantle (1921-29; 1 child)
Adrianne Allen (1929-39; Anna Massey, Daniel Massey)
Dorothy Whitney (1939-82; her death)

Raymond Hart Massey (August 30, 1896 – July 29, 1983) was a Canadian-American actor.

Early life[change | change source]

Massey was born Raymond Hart Massey in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford and at the University of Toronto. Massey served in the Canadian Army during World War II. Massey moved to London to begin his acting career in 1922.

Career[change | change source]

He was known for his roles in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Santa Fe Trail, Seven Angry Men, Arsenic and Old Lace, Hotel Berlin, East of Eden, Battle Cry, and in How the West Was Won. Massey retired in 1973.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln of Illinois. Massey was also known for his television role as Dr. Gillespie in Dr. Kildare.

Personal life[change | change source]

Massey was married to Margery Fremantle from 1921 until they divorced in 1929. Then he married Adrianne Allen from 1929 until they divorced in 1939. Then he married Dorothy Whitney from 1939 until her death in 1982.

Massey two sons and one daughter. He had his first son, Geoffrey, with Margery and his other, Daniel, with Adrianne. He had one daughter, Anna, with Adrianne. His son, Daniel, died in 1998 and his daughter, Anna, died in 2011.

Massey was related to Governor-General of Canada Vincent Massey and to Canadian voice actor Walter Massey. Massey was a Republican and, along with Ronald Reagan, supported Barry M. Goldwater presidential campaign.

Death[change | change source]

Massey died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California at the age of 86. He died a month before he would have turned 87.[1] That was the same day as the death of David Niven, who had co-starred with him in The Prisoner of Zenda and A Matter of Life and Death. Massey is buried in New Haven, Connecticut's Beaverdale Memorial Park.

References[change | change source]

  1. Obituary Variety, August 3, 1983.

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