[22], Ray later admitted producers were scared off casting him in projects due to his drinking. I spent some time in England and Spain and Italy but I was never out of this country [the US] longer than six months. I'm in great shape--got all my energy and strength back. Mario DaRe was born on May 21, 1933 in Contra Costa County, California, USA as Mario Silvio Da Re. He killed himself drinking, not living up to his moral contract. Ray signed a contract and was sent to Los Angeles for a screen test. He developed throat cancer in 1989. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, served as a US Navy frogman during WWII and saw action on Iwo Jima. During the last stages of his career, Ray made a number of films for Fred Olen Ray. Ray went to Hollywood and did a screen test with the director, George Cukor. He drove his brother to an audition for a small role in the 1951 film ‘Saturday’s Hero’ and ended up getting the role himself. At one point in 1976, he was totally broke. "[5] He said he was open to a return to politics "if my movie career doesn't take off like I think it will. Are you sick? I won the adult film Oscar for that, by the way, but somebody copped it. Though at this stage in his career Ray starred mostly in low-budget and exploitation films, he did appear in occasional higher-profile works. "[10] (His brother, Mario Da Re (1933–2010), lettered in football at USC from 1952 to 1954. You take someone like Aldo Ray who was just picked up and catapulted into stardom, and then he was just a sponge for booze. [5] He expressed interest in producing his own vehicle, The Magic Mesa from a script by Burt Kennedy, but it was not made.[21]. Aldo DaRe is part of the Silent Generation, which followed after the G.I. He also made two television pilots in the 1960s; neither was picked up. And they loved it. "[8], Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn liked Ray and wanted him for the role of Private Robert Prewitt in From Here to Eternity (1953) but Fred Zinnemann insisted Montgomery Clift be cast. Aldo Ray, Actor: The Secret of NIMH. He says after two films with Cukor "I never needed direction again. In April 1950 Columbia Studios sent a unit to San Francisco to look for some athletes to appear in a film they were making called Saturday's Hero (1951). Aldo Ray is interviewed in this rare 1986 TV appearance with cable host Skip E Lowe, joined by actress Sandy Brooke and director Philip Marcus. Cukor famously suggested that Ray go to ballet school because he walked too much like a football player. In 1955, Aldo delivered one of the biggest hits of his acting career. The first test went badly but head of Columbia Harry Cohn liked Ray and asked for another test. All the same, his career seems to have become a nomadic drifting round the studios looking for the right kind of film. And I think I've got some good pictures ahead of me if I can find the right roles. "[4] But when Cohn died in 1958, Columbia elected not to renew Ray's contract and he decided to leave Hollywood. While constable of Crockett, California, he drove his brother Guido to an audition for the film Saturday's Hero (1951).

In 1991, Aldo passed away at the age of 64. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldo_Ray#/media/File:Aldo_ray_1954.jpg, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldo_Ray#/media/File:Lucille_Ball_Aldo_Ray,_William_Lundigan_Desilu_Playhouse_1958.JPG.

In 1966 Ray claimed that "I've been turning down a lot of TV and B movies.

I was going to work my way up to the U.S. Senate, see, and I would've, too. There was about him none of the personality assurance that extracts a special consideration of the actor as distinct from his role. [5], Ray had been popular with Harry Cohn because, in the actor's words, "He took no shit from anybody and he saw that I was that kind of a guy, too. "Cukor is hypersensitive to reality", recalled Ray.

Aldo Ray has never been considered a great Hollywood actor in the traditional sense but his natural, unaffected performances often seemed to emerge from some unsettled place. I won't consider anything but important roles in important pictures. His athletic build and gruff, raspy voice saw him frequently typecast in "tough guy" roles throughout his career, which lasted well into the late 1980s.

[28], In 1981, Ray told a newspaper that his drinking was "under control" and "I think things are going to shoot straight up.

His fee at this stage was $5,000 a week. Film historians often like to talk about the sea change that occurred in the 1950s, when actor's [sic] like Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando brought a new kind of sincerity to Hollywood. He had four children from his three marriages. He left the navy in 1946 and moved back to Crockett, where he resumed his education. He also appeared in a production of Stalag 17 at La Jolla Playhouse.[14]. There's no forethought involved. He just is. He got bored with his monotonous life as a constable and contacted ‘Columbia’ again and expressed his desire to work in films.

Battle Cry was a big hit at the box office so Columbia gave Ray a lead role as a sergeant who marries a Japanese girl in Three Stripes in the Sun (originally The Gentle Wolfhound, 1955), then loaned him to Paramount for We're No Angels (also 1955), in which he starred with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll, and Joan Bennett. In 1989, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his throat which Ray attributed to excessive smoking and drinking. However, his career went downhill after the 1960s. [17] Ray was put on suspension. The second one was done opposite Jeff Donnell, who Ray later married; it was more successful and Ray ended up being cast in the lead. "[28] He also appeared in two films for Iranian-born filmmaker Amir Shervan, better known for his cult classic Samurai Cop. He served in the navy as a frogman until the war ended. Whenever Ray erupted on screen it felt like you were watching a volcano explode and if you didn’t get out of the way it could easily swallow you up in a heavy flow of golden molten lava. He said he made more money from these two projects "than I'd made the whole eight years before. [9][15] He was cremated and his ashes were put in an urn and buried in Crockett, with a majority of the residents coming out to pay their respects.

After the war was over, Aldo studied political science at the ‘University of California’ and aimed at becoming a politician. He grew up with five brothers and one sister.

Ray was originally cast in the role of Gurney Halleck in David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel Dune, as his ex-wife Johanna Ray was the casting director, but was replaced by Patrick Stewart due to ongoing issues with alcoholism.

He enrolled at the ‘John Swett High School,’ where he was part of the school’s football team. But his eyes had a certain glow and gave quite well in the photographed result.

Aldo Ray was an American actor of Italian descent, best known for starring in films such as ‘Pat and Mike,’ ‘Battle Cry,’ and ‘Miss Sadie Thompson.’ Born in Pennsylvania and raised in California, Aldo was enlisted in the ‘United States Navy’ during the Second World War. Shirley Green on June 20, 1947. Director David Miller was more interested in Ray than his brother because of his voice; also, Ray was comfortable talking to the camera due to his political experience. He grew up with five brothers and one sister. Aldo was signed on a contract and was sent to Los Angeles for screen testing. Ray's work in Pat and Mike led to his nomination, along with Richard Burton and Robert Wagner, for a Golden Globe as Best Newcomer. I needed money at the time, and Fred knew I needed a buck, so I did it. Aldo also had an experience in public speaking, making him more suited to the role.

(Ray later described himself as an "arch conservative" and a "right winger". [9] He divorced his wife and resigned as constable in September 1951. In mid-1950, the ‘Columbia Studios’ film ‘Saturday’s Hero’ required an athlete to be included in its cast. "[5] Ray would later retell this story in the trailer for Pat and Mike. In 1984, he was the original choice for a key role in David Lynch’s ‘Dune.’ However, he was rejected owing to his alcohol issues, and the role went to Patrick Stewart. I'm going home where I can be a big fish in my small pond.

Ray was loaned to Warner Bros to appear in Battle Cry (1955). "There were no sophisticated roles for me. He later recalled, "They...said 'What's wrong with your voice kid? Aldo DaRe was born in the borough of Pen Argyl, in Northampton County, Pennsylvania on 25 September 1926. He decided to work as a constable and refused to work in Hollywood. One of his children, Eric Da Re, became an actor later. It was also a kind of vacation for me in a bad time--a nice location in Arizona--and I picked up a few thousand bucks.
There are certain people who have opaque eyes which refuse to catch the light.

They, however, allowed him a leave of absence to work as a constable. Actor.

[4], In 1944, at age 18, during World War II, Ray entered the United States Navy, serving as a frogman until 1946; he saw action at Okinawa with UDT-17.

"In some ways the tough soldier role locked me in", reflected Ray later. The decade was one of learning and exploration. Aldo’s acting career picked up pace, and he starred in many films throughout the 1950s, such as ‘Men in War,’ ‘We’re No Angels,’ and ‘Four Desperate Men.’ He was known for his robust on-screen presence. [citation needed]. He exploited me, yeah... but I was ripe for it. 1967), Shirley Green (m. 1947 - div.

[11], Ray was meant to appear in Jubal but refused, because Columbia had made a profit on his loan outs for Battle Cry and We're No Angels but not paid Ray a bonus; Rod Steiger took the role instead. By 1957, in any event, he had left WNDR and the radio business and returned to Hollywood. He played the role of ‘Andy Hookens,’ a tough solder, in the film ‘Battle Cry.’ Although the film was a big hit and also became one of Aldo’s best-known films, it made people typecast him as a tough redneck. Sight & Sound later commented: To give the performance he did in The Marrying Kind after so little previous experience was clear evidence that in Aldo Ray the screen had discovered one of its rare "naturals". He was also an excellent swimmer and taught swimming to younger kids.

The English actors have classical training. He discovered his interest in acting and later auditioned for a small part in the 1952 film ‘The Marrying Kind.’ He ended up getting the lead role.