Raymond Massey

Raymond Massey
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Raymond Massey
TV: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Raymond Massey
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actor | Writer
Born Aug. 30, 1896 in Toronto, Canada
Died July 29, 1983 of pneumonia in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

An exceptionally versatile actor, Raymond Massey portrayed heroes and villains with equal credibility and felt as much at home on stage in London and on Broadway as before the camera in Hollywood.

He is best remembered for his faultless performances as the humane and tragic Abraham Lincoln and as the outwardly gruff but inwardly warm-hearted Dr. Gillespie in the "Dr. Kildare" television series.

Massey was in countless stage plays and more than 70 motion pictures. He was versatile not only as an actor. He also was a skilled producer of many plays in London and on Broadway, wrote two highly praised volumes of autobiography, served as an officer in the Canadian Army in two wars, and worked briefly, though not very successfully, as a tractor and plow salesman. He had been a naturalized citizen of this country since 1944.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1940 Best Actor Abe Lincoln in Illinois Nomination

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