Anthony Ray

Anthony Ray

Washington, D.C.
November 24
Date of passing: 
June 29, 2018




Anthony Ray

Anthony Ray

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Anthony Ray was an American actor, producer, and director.

At age 20, Ray appeared on Broadway in the Elia Kazan and William Inge drama The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, which debuted in December 1957 and ran for more than 450 performances.

He made his film debut in director John Cassavetes’s acclaimed first feature, Shadows, about race relations during the Beat Generation years in New York City.

Ray appeared in several television shows, including The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Ray served as executive in charge of East Coast production for 20th Century Fox and shared a best picture Oscar nomination with writer-director Paul Mazursky for An Unmarried Woman (with Jill Clayburgh). He collaborated often with Mazursky, also working as an assistant director or producer on Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Alex in Wonderland (1970), Blume in Love (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), and Willie & Phil (1980).

After leaving Hollywood and relocating to Maine, Ray created a film program at Emerson College and directed the International Film and Television Workshop in Rockport, Maine.

Ray died June 29, 2018, in Saco, Maine. He was 80.