Happy Birthday: Ray Walston (1914–2001)

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

raywalstonRay Walston (1914–2001)

Born: December 2, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: January 1, 2001 (age 86) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to:
Ruth Calvert (3 November 1943 – 1 January 2001) (his death) (1 child)

(his 1995 Emmy Award acceptance speech) I have 30 seconds to tell you I have been waiting 60 years to get on this stage.

(on being labeled a character actor) I’m an actor and that’s it — period. Producers and studios have thrown many things at me over the years: comedy, tragedy, drama, drawing-room comedy. I’ve managed to keep my head above water in most of these genres, but I don’t put myself in any one category like “comic actor” or “musical-comedy” actor.

My Favorite Martian (1963) ended after three years, because the people at the top killed the goose that laid the golden egg. They didn’t know how to…

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