John Wray (actor)

John Wray (actor)

Infobox actor
name = John Wray

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birthdate = 13 February 1887
birthplace = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
deathdate = 5 April 1940
deathplace = Los Angeles, California, USA

John Wray (13 February 1887 - 5 April 1940) was an American character actor of stage and screen.

Wray was one of the many Broadway actors to descend on Hollywood in the aftermath of the sound revolution, and quickly made an indelible impression on the era in a variety of substantial character roles, such as the Arnold Rothstein-like gangster in "The Czar of Broadway" (1930); Himmelstoss, the sadistic drill instructor in "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930); and as the contortionist the Frog in the remake of "The Miracle Man" (1932), in the role previously played by Lon Chaney in the 1919 original. During this period he was one of the many actors mentioned for the title role in "Dracula" (1931).

Wray's roles grew increasingly smaller as the decade progressed but he was very visible as the starving farmer threatening to kill Gary Cooper in Frank Capra's classic "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936) and as the warden in Fritz Lang's "You Only Live Once" (1937).

Other films include "Doctor X" (1932), "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (1932), "Frisco Kid" (1935), "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1936), "Boys Town" (1938), "Each Dawn I Die" (1939), "The Cat and the Canary" (1939) and "Gone with the Wind" (1939).

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