Charles Ray

Charles Ray (March 15, 1891 in Jacksonville, Illinois – November 23, 1943 in Los Angeles, California) was a silent film star. Extremely popular in a series of films casting him in juvenile roles, primarily rural young men, Ray's career faded as he lost his youthful looks- he also had a reputation of being demanding and having an outsized ego. In 1926, he played the lead in Paris opposite a young Joan Crawford. However, an attempt to switch careers and play sophisticated men-of-the-world was not a success. An elaborate and expensive self-produced version of The Courtship of Miles Standish (1923), a film now considered a lost film, was also not a success. Ray finished his career in small parts, dying from an infected tooth at the age of 52.


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