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Ray Danton
Ray Danton
(born Raymond Caplan; September 19, 1931 – February 11, 1992), also known as Raymond Danton, was a radio, film, stage, and television actor, director, and producer whose most famous roles were in the screen biographies The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) and The George Raft
George Raft
Story (1962). He was married to actress Julie Adams from 1954 to 1981.


1 Life and career 2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Danton was born Raymond Caplan[1] in New York City, the son of Myrtle (née Menkin) and Jack Caplan.[2] His family was Jewish, and he was a descendant of the Vilna Gaon.[2] Danton entered show business as a child radio actor on NBC
radio's Let's Pretend
Let's Pretend
show in 1943. Danton did many stage roles whilst attending the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
and Carnegie Technical School and in 1950 went to London to appear on stage in the Tyrone Power production Mister Roberts. Danton's acting career was put on hold when he served in the United States Army infantry during the Korean War
Korean War
from 1951–1954. Danton made his film debut in Chief Crazy Horse in 1955 and became contracted to Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
His second film I'll Cry Tomorrow
I'll Cry Tomorrow
led to his typecasting as a smooth but dangerous villain. His third film for Universal The Looters was where he met his future wife Julie Adams. He was prolific in television work as well as film where he received the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
in 1956 for the new male star of the year in film. Beginning with Onionhead Danton worked with both Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
film and Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Television This led to his most famous role The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond where he played the eponymous gangster for director Budd Boetticher. Danton played his role using dynamic body language with his smooth persona fitting the character like a glove. Danton reprised the role in Vic Morrow's Portrait of a Mobster. Danton maintained his gangster persona with the title role in The George Raft Story, a screen biography of 1930s actor/dancer George Raft. "I guess I'm the last of the big time gangsters," he said in . a 1962 interview.[3] Danton starred in Tarawa Beachhead in 1958, with co-star Kerwin Matthews, and his off screen wife, Julie Adams. That year Danton also guest starred in Yancy Derringer
Yancy Derringer
as a Spade Stuart, a hired killer. In 1959, he guest starred in the episode "The Meeting" of Bruce Gordon's NBC
docudrama of the Cold War, Behind Closed Doors. Danton played American agent Ralph Drake who is sent to Austria to meet with western agents from six Iron Curtain
Iron Curtain
countries after it is revealed that the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
had named a new head of the secret police.[4] In 1960, Danton and Ron Foster were cast as Kane and Tommy Potts, respectively, in the episode "Bounty List" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45.[5] He also appeared in the ABC/WB western Lawman and the crime drama series, Bourbon Street Beat
Bourbon Street Beat
and The Roaring 20s. In 1961, Danton co-starred with Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, and Madlyn Rhue
Madlyn Rhue
in A Majority of One. He was a semi-regular on the ABC/WB adventure series The Alaskans
The Alaskans
and made several television pilots playing spies, such as Big Time (1957), Solitare (1961) for Warner Bros,[6] and Our Man Flint: Dead on Target (1976). On October 9, 1962, Danton appeared as the gunfighter Vince Jackson in the episode "The Fortune Hunter" of the NBC
western series, Laramie. In the story line, Jackson is a suave but nefarious suitor for a young woman, Kitty McAllen, played by Carolyn Craig, whom he plans to marry in order to extort money from her wealthy father, Fred McAllen, portrayed by Parley Baer. However, series character Slim Sherman, played by John Smith, has his own interest in Kitty who is using Vince's alleged affections shrewdly to make Slim jealous. Ultimately, Kitty leaves Laramie to attend college.[7] He also guest starred in the NBC
western with a modern setting, Empire and its successor series, Redigo, both starring Richard Egan. In 1964, Danton was cast as Jere Fryer, the suitor of Pauline Cushman, the former Union Army
Union Army
spy played by Paula Raymond
Paula Raymond
in the episode "The Wooing of Perilous Pauline" of the syndicated western television series, Death Valley Days. In the story line, set in Casa Grande, Arizona Territory, where the feisty Miss Cushman was operating a saloon, Fryer makes a $100 bet with a friend that he can convince her to marry him within a week.[8] In the mid-1960s, Danton alternated between American television
American television
series and European films such as Corrida Pour en Espion/Code Name Jaguar (fr) and Secret Agent Super Dragon, including a 1970 Hawaii Five-0 episode "The Last Eden" (as bellicose Hawaiian singer Jimmy Nuanu). He formed a production company in Europe producing films like The Last Mercenary
The Last Mercenary
and began directing with Deathmaster (1972) and Psychic Killer
Psychic Killer
(1975). Danton continued directing as well as acting and started producing films such as Triangle in 1971. He guest-starred in an episode of the 1974 ABC police drama Nakia, and a 1974 Hawaii Five-O episode "Steal Now, Pay Later". Danton directed many episodes of Magnum PI
Magnum PI
in Season 8, 1988-1989. Personal life[edit] Danton was married to actress Julie Adams
Julie Adams
from 1954/55[9] until their divorce in 1981. They had two sons: assistant director Steven Danton (b. 1956) and editor Mitchell Danton (b. 1962).[10][11] Death[edit] Danton died of renal failure in Los Angeles, California.[12] Filmography[edit]

Chief Crazy Horse (1955) as Little Big Man The Looters (1955) as Pete Corder The Spoilers (1955) as Blackie I'll Cry Tomorrow
I'll Cry Tomorrow
(1955) as David Tredman Outside the Law (1956) as John Conrad, alias Johnny Salvo Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) as Off-Screen Reporter (voice, uncredited) The Night Runner
The Night Runner
(1957) as Roy Turner Trackdown (1957 TV Series) episode "Sweetwater Texas" as Clem Reese Too Much, Too Soon
Too Much, Too Soon
(1958) as John Howard Onionhead (1958) as Ensign Dennis Higgins Yancy Derringer
Yancy Derringer
(1958 TV series) episode "An Ace Called Spade" as Spade Stuart Tarawa Beachhead (1958) as Lt. Joel Brady The Beat Generation
The Beat Generation
(1959) as Stan Hess The Big Operator (1959) as Oscar 'The Executioner' Wetzel Yellowstone Kelly (1959) - Sayapi, Gall's Nephew Ice Palace (1960) as Bay Husack The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) as Jack 'Legs' Diamond Cheyenne season 5, episode 5: "Savage Breed" (1960) as Marshal Al Lestrade Maverick season 4, episode 16: "A State Of Siege" (1961) as Don Felipe Archuleta A Fever in the Blood
A Fever in the Blood
(1961) as Attorney Clem Marker Portrait of a Mobster (1961) as 'Legs' Diamond The George Raft
George Raft
Story (1961) as George Raft A Majority of One (1961) as Jerry Black The Longest Day (1962) as Capt. Frank The Chapman Report
The Chapman Report
(1962) as Fred Linden FBI Code 98
FBI Code 98
(1963) as Fred Vitale Sandokan Fights Back (it) (1964) as Sandokan Return of Sandokan (it) (1964) as Sandokan Corrida pour un espion (fr) (1965) as Jeff Larson Secret Agent Super Dragon
Secret Agent Super Dragon
(1966) as Bryan Cooper / Super Dragon Ballata da un miliardo (1967) as Big Joe Martin Si muore solo una volta (it) (1967) as Mike Gold Lucky, the Inscrutable
Lucky, the Inscrutable
(1967) as Lucky Llaman de Jamaica, Mr. Ward (1968) as Glen Ward The Last Mercenary
The Last Mercenary
(1968) as Mark / Marco Anderson Triangle (1970) as Carlo Di Fermi Riuscirà il nostro eroe a ritrovare il più grande diamante del mondo? (it) (1971) as Jimmy Logan The Ballad of Billie Blue (1972) The Runaway Train (1973) as Prof. Jack Dunn Blood, Black and White (1973) Centerfold Girls (1974) as Perry Apache Blood (1975) as Yellow Shirt Psychic Killer
Psychic Killer
(1975) as Narrator (voice, uncredited) Sixpack Annie (1975) as Mr. O'Meyer Our Man Flint: Dead on Target (1976) as Derek Flint

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^ "CAPLAN -- Jack, devoted husband of Selma, Beloved father of Ray Danton, cherished grandfather of Stevcn and dear brother...." ^ a b [1] ^ Alpert, D. (1962, Jan 28). The last of the big-time mobsters. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/168033711?accountid=13902 ^ "Behind Closed Doors'". ctva.biz. Retrieved September 2, 2009.  ^ "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.  ^ http://www.mrpopculture.com/files/html/mar13-1961/ ^ "Laramie: "The Fortune Hunter", October 9, 1962". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 2, 2013.  ^ "The Wooing of Perilous Pauline on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 6, 2015.  ^ "Actress Expects November Baby". The Daily Interlake. May 6, 1956. p. 17. Retrieved September 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

^ Official Julie Adams
Julie Adams
website, julieadams.biz; accessed July 5, 2016. ^ Profile, TCM.com; accessed July 5, 2016. ^ McMurray, Emily J (editor) Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television Volume 11, Garland Publishing, Inc. (1993)

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