GENE RAYMOND (August 13, 1908 – May 3, 1998) was an American film, television, and stage actor of the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to acting, Raymond was also a composer, writer, director, producer, and decorated military pilot.
* 1 Early life * 2 Film career * 3 Military service * 4 Death
* 5 Personal life
* 5.1 Bisexuality
* 6 Filmography * 7 Notes * 8 External links
Raymond was born Raymond Guion on August 13, 1908 in
New York City
His screen debut was in
Personal Maid (1931). Another early
appearance was in the multi-director
If I Had a Million with W. C.
Charles Laughton . With his blond good looks, classic
profile, and youthful exuberance — plus a name change to the more
pronounceable "Gene Raymond" — he scored in films like the classic
Zoo in Budapest with
His most notable films, mostly as a second lead actor, include Red
Dust (1932) with
Jean Harlow and
After service in the
In the 1950s he mostly worked in television, appearing in Playhouse
Fireside Theatre ,
Hollywood Summer Theater and TV
Reader\'s Digest . In the 1970s he appeared on ABC Television Network
's Paris 7000 and had guest roles in The Outer Limits , Robert
Montgomery Presents ,
Playhouse 90 ,
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ,
Ironside , The Defenders ,
Mannix , The Name of the Game , Lux Video
Kraft Television Theatre and
U.S. Steel Hour
Following the beginning of war in Europe in 1939, Raymond felt
certain the U.S. would eventually enter the war. He trained as a pilot
for that eventuality, and after the attack on
Pearl Harbor in 1941, he
was commissioned a lieutenant in the
Army Air Forces
On May 3, 1998, at 89 years of age, Raymond died of pneumonia in Los
For his contributions to the motion picture and television industries, Gene Raymond has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7001 Hollywood Boulevard (motion pictures) and 1708 Vine Street (television).
Raymond married Jeanette MacDonald in 1937. They remained together until her death in 1965. In 1974, he married Nel Bentley Hees, who died in 1995. He was a Republican .
A 2001 biography of
The book also claims that
Louis B. Mayer engineered the 1937 marriage
of MacDonald to Raymond—even though Mayer knew Raymond was bisexual
—to prevent MacDonald from marrying
Shortly after their marriage, there were reports of physical abuse. When MacDonald appeared with facial bruises at a Hollywood party, Eddy went to Raymond's house and beat him senseless in his driveway, nearly killing him, an incident which was reported in the newspapers as Raymond suffering an accidental fall down a flight of stairs. In 1938, Raymond began sharing a house with a 19-year-old actor and was arrested on a morals charge after a vice raid on a homosexual nightclub, requiring MacDonald to bribe the authorities in order to obtain his release. Enraged, studio chief Mayer ordered MacDonald and Raymond to resume the appearance of a happily married couple, and, to demonstrate his power over their careers, he had Raymond blacklisted following his 1938 arrest. This is reflected in Raymond's cinematic roles. He made no film appearances between Stolen Heaven in 1938 and Cross-Country Romance in 1940. It would be a year later for his next role in Alfred Hitchcock 's Mr. -webkit-column-count: 2; column-count: 2;">
Personal Maid (1931 )
Ladies of the Big House (1931)
Forgotten Commandments (1932 )
The Night of June 13
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* ^ "Television Features War Story". Tucson Daily Citizen. May 29,
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* ^ Oliver, Myrna (May 6, 1998). "Gene Raymond, 89; Actor Wed
* Daly, Maury (1995). Gene Raymond: Renaissance Man. Classic Images.
* Eyman, Scott (2008). Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of
Louis B. Mayer. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781439107911 .
* Baron Turk, Edward (1998). Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette
MacDonald. University of