|Raymond Massey Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||August 30, 1896|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Raymond Massey was a Canadian-American actor who was known for his portrayal of lawyer, politician, and statesman Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Actor”. On the other hand, Massey was also well-recognized for portraying Dr. Gillespie in Dr. Kildare (1961–1966), Abraham Farlan in A Matter of Life and Death, and Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Raymond Hart Massey
Raymond Massey was born on August 30, 1896.
Raymond Massey died on July 29, 1983, at the age of 86, in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Massey joined the secondary school at Upper Canada College in Toronto for two years before transferring to Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. Later, he went on to take up a variety of courses at the University of Toronto. After returning from war, Raymond went on to graduate from Balliol College, Oxford.
- Father – Chester Daniel Massey (Co-owner of the Massey-Harris tractor company)
- Mother – Anna Vincent
- Siblings – Vincent Massey (Older Brother) (b. February 20, 1887) (He was the first Canadian-born governor general of Canada)
- Others – Hart Massey (Grandfather) (Businessman), Daniel Massey (Great-Grandfather) (Founder of Massey-Harris tractor company)
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Raymond has dated –
- Margery Fremantle (1921-1929) Raymond was married to Margery Fremantle from 1921 to 1929, with whom he had a child, architect Geoffrey Massey (b. October 29, 1924). Geoffrey died on December 1, 2020, at the age of 96, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- Adrianne Allen (1929-1939) Stage actress Adrianne Allen and Massey tied the knot in 1929. Together, they had two children named Anna Massey (b. August 11, 1937 – d. July 3, 2011) and Daniel Massey (b. October 10, 1933 – d. March 25, 1998) both of whom followed in the footsteps of their parents.
- Dorothy Whitney – Raymond was married to Dorothy Whitney from 1939 until her death in 1982.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt & Pepper
His commanding, stage-trained voice
Raymond Massey Facts
- His side of the family immigrated to Canada from New England just a few years before the War of 1812. Before that, their ancestors had migrated from England to the Massachusetts colony in the 1630s.
- He was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Society.
- During the outbreak of World War I, Massey joined the Canadian Army serving on the Western Front in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Then, he returned to Canada, after being wounded in the field at Zillebeke in Belgium during the Battle of Mont Sorrel in 1916. After this, he engaged as an army instructor for American officers at Yale University.
- Massey was recalled to active service in 1918, joining the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force which was assigned to Siberia during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War, and returned home in 1919. After this, he joined the family business, selling farm implements. However, he was drawn to theatre while at it. His family, however, was against his decision.
- One of his earliest acting appearances was as a theatre artist on the London stage in 1922 in Eugene O’Neill’s In the Zone.
- He made his debut feature film appearance as a Member of the Federated States Council in High Treason in 1928. However, his role was uncredited. In 1931, Raymond was cast in his first credited role as the character of Sherlock Holmes in The Speckled Band.
- During World War II, Massey rejoined the Canadian Army in 1942, serving as a major but was wounded and invalidated by the Canadian Army in 1943.
- Raymond attained his American citizenship in 1944.
- Massey died on July 29, 1983, as a result of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California, just a month before his 87th birthday. He died on the same day as his The Prisoner of Zenda and A Matter of Life and Death co-star David Niven.
- He has been buried at the New Haven, Connecticut’s Beaverdale Memorial Park.
- Raymond was given two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his appearances in films at 1719 Vine Street and one for television at 6708 Hollywood Boulevard.
- He has a signature cocktail named after him which is made from a Whisky and Champagne base.
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