Gene Raymond

Gene Raymond


Gene Raymond
Film: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Gene Raymond
TV: East side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born Raymond Guion on April 13, 1908 in New York, NY
Died May 3, 1998 of pneumonia in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Gene Raymond, the suave, good-looking blond actor and romantic leading man in several films of the 1930s and 1940s is perhaps best known for his storybook marriage to singing star Jeanette MacDonald.

Among the actor's more memorable films were "Flying Down to Rio" opposite Dolores Del Rio in 1933, which first paired Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; "Red Dust" with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in 1932; "Ex-Lady" with Bette Davis and "Zoo in Budapest" with Loretta Young in 1933; and "Sadie McKee" with Joan Crawford in 1934. His last two films were "The Best Man" and "I'd Rather Be Rich" in 1964.

In 1937, Raymond married MacDonald, known for her duets with Nelson Eddy. Their marriage, a first for both, was considered idyllic in Hollywood. It lasted 28 years, until MacDonald died of cardiac failure in 1965 at 57.

Although his film career waned after the war, Raymond worked fairly steadily in television and later formed his own production company. From 1953-1955 he hosted and occasionally acted in "Fireside Theatre."

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