Aldo Ray was an American actor of film and television. He began his career as a contract player for Columbia Studios, before achieving stardom through his roles in The Marrying Kind, Pat and Mike, Let’s Do It Again, and Battle Cry. His body of work and screen persona has undergone a reappraisal, and has been cited by contemporary filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino as an inspiration for their own characters.
About Aldo Ray in brief
Aldo Ray was an American actor of film and television. He began his career as a contract player for Columbia Studios, before achieving stardom through his roles in The Marrying Kind, Pat and Mike, Let’s Do It Again, and Battle Cry. His athletic build and gruff, raspy voice saw him frequently typecast in \”tough guy\” roles throughout his career, which lasted well into the late 1980s. Since his passing, Ray’s body of work and screen persona has undergone a reappraisal, and has been cited by contemporary filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino as an inspiration for their own characters. His brother, Mario Da Re, lettered in football at USC from 1952 to 1954. On the May 12, 1955 edition of Groucho Marx’s NBC-TV quiz show You Bet Your Life, Mario appeared as a contestant. His family moved to the small town of Crockett in northern California when Aldo was four years old; his father worked as a laborer at the C & H Sugar Refinery, the largest employer in the town. He attended John Swett High School, where he made the football team; he also coached swimming. In 1944, at age 18, during World War II, Ray entered the United States Navy, serving as a frogman until 1946; he saw action at Okinawa with UDT-17. He studied and played football at Vallejo Junior College, then entered the University of California at Berkeley to study political science.
He left college in order to run for the office of Constable of theCrockett Judicial District in Contra Costa County California. He was elected constable on 6 June 1950. He later said, ‘thank you, good bye. I’m going home where I can be a big fish in my small pond. You can take this town and shove it’ Ray was married to Judy Holliday, who later married Donnell Donnell, who was more successful than he was. He died of cancer at the age of 69 in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and two children. His son, Mario, and daughter-in-law, Lisa, are both active members of the San Francisco Bay Area Board of Supervisors and the Board of Regents for the City of San Francisco. He also served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1974 to 1986. He had a son, Aldo Ray, Jr., who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the district he served in the early 1990s. His daughter, Lisa Ray, is a former San Francisco City Council member and served as the District Attorney for the city of San Diego. His grandson, Mario Ray, was a San Francisco State Council member. He has a daughter, Laura Ray, who served as mayor of Crocksett, California, from 1998 to 2008. His great-grandson, Michael Ray, currently serves as the mayor of the town of Santa Cruz.