(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
Story (1962). He was married to actress Julie Adams
from 1954 to 1981.
1 Life and career
2 Personal life
6 External links
Life and career
Danton was born Raymond Caplan in New York City, the son of Myrtle
(née Menkin) and Jack Caplan. His family was Jewish, and he was a
descendant of the Vilna Gaon.
Danton entered show business as a child radio actor on
Let's Pretend show in 1943. Danton did many stage roles whilst
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 from 1951–1954.
Danton made his film debut in Chief Crazy Horse in 1955 and became
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
Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award in 1956 for the new male star of the
year in film.
Onionhead Danton worked with both
Warner Bros. film and
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
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 as a Spade Stuart, a hired killer.
In 1959, he guest starred in the episode "The Meeting" of Bruce
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 countries after it is revealed
Soviet Union had named a new head of the secret police.
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. He also appeared in the ABC/WB western
Lawman and the crime drama series,
Bourbon Street Beat
Bourbon Street Beat and The Roaring
In 1961, Danton co-starred with Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, and
Madlyn Rhue in A Majority of One. He was a semi-regular on the ABC/WB
The Alaskans and made several television pilots
playing spies, such as Big Time (1957), Solitare (1961) for Warner
Bros, 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. He also guest starred in
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,
Union Army spy played by
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.
In the mid-1960s, Danton alternated between
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
The Last Mercenary
The Last Mercenary and began directing with Deathmaster (1972)
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 in Season 8, 1988-1989.
Danton was married to actress
Julie Adams from 1954/55 until their
divorce in 1981. They had two sons: assistant director Steven Danton
(b. 1956) and editor Mitchell Danton (b. 1962).
Danton died of renal failure in Los Angeles, California.
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,
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 (1958 TV series) episode "An Ace Called Spade" as
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
Maverick season 4, episode 16: "A State Of Siege" (1961) as Don Felipe
A Fever in the Blood
A Fever in the Blood (1961) as Attorney Clem Marker
Portrait of a Mobster (1961) as 'Legs' Diamond
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 (1975) as Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Sixpack Annie (1975) as Mr. O'Meyer
Our Man Flint: Dead on Target (1976) as Derek Flint
New York portal
United States Army
United States Army portal
^ "CAPLAN -- Jack, devoted husband of Selma, Beloved father of Ray
Danton, cherished grandfather of Stevcn and dear brother...."
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^ Alpert, D. (1962, Jan 28). The last of the big-time mobsters. Los
Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
^ "Behind Closed Doors'". ctva.biz. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
^ "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
^ "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.
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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