Ray is an American actor who has made significant contributions in the fields of acting, directing, producing, and coaching. Throughout his career, he has taken on lead, co-star, and supporting roles across film, television, and stage. His journey in the entertainment industry began at the age of 15, initially as a musician. Ray often jests about his claim-to-fame, proudly noting that he performed at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl four years prior to the Beatles! In 1989, he established a non-profit theater corporation and served as its Charter President, overseeing the production, acting, and directing of numerous plays. Ray also held positions as the News Director for both ABC and FOX affiliate radio stations, along with hosting a regional television program for several years.
Recognizing his outstanding contributions to the community and his work in radio and television, the Ridgecrest City Council presented Ray with a proclamation in 2004. He received further honors from the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy at China Lake, California, for his unwavering support of their mission, including the Toys for Tots campaign and emceeing various events. Ray's dedication extended to volunteering with the USO at Fort Hood, Texas, and he was honored by the U.S. Army for his support of deploying soldiers.
Ray and his wife, Jennie, relocated to Texas in 2004 and resided there for 14 years before eventually moving to the Tampa Bay area in Florida at the end of 2018. Since settling in Florida, Ray has actively engaged with Film Florida, assuming a role on the legislative committee. Additionally, he has served as an Adjudicator for Florida Thespians, evaluating the performances of middle and high school students in various theater arts.
Represented by talent agencies in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Ray originally hails from the Los Angeles area. He grew up in the communities of Duarte and Temple City and later spent several years living in Ridgecrest, California. Finally, it is worth noting that Ray takes great pride in his service as a United States Army veteran, having served during the mid-1960s.