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Ford Rainey
Ford Rainey

The Search, September 15, 1962 Written by Kathleen Hite, Directed by Harry Harris, Guest Cast: Carl Reindal, Ford Rainey, Virginia Gregg, Raymond Griffith, Leonard Nimoy

Song For Dying, February 13, 1965 Written by Harry Kronman, Directed by Allen Reisner, Guest Cast: Theodore Bikel, Robert F. Simon, Ford Rainey,

Thirty A Month And Found, October 7, 1974 Written by Jim Byrnes, Directed by Bernard McEveety, Guest Cast: Gerte Fvans, Van Williams, Nicholas Hammond, David Brian, Ford Rainey, Kim O'Brien, Vietor Izay, Hal Baylor

Ford Rainey is the All-American man-down-the-street type. He looks like your next door neighbor, the local mailman or the bus driver that takes you to work. Medium built, with non-descript features save a pair of dark bushy eyebrows, he is a busy character actor seen in movies and all over TV. He was born on August 8, 1908 in Mountain Home, Idaho, the son of a local dance champion, and got his start in acting in repertory theatre in Seattle, Washington. He also worked in radio and on the Broadway stage studying with the legendary Michael Chekhov. He worked part-time as a logger, a linesman and a carpenter to support himself between jobs. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and after the war headed for California where he co-founded the Ojai Valley Players theatre group. He made his film debut in 1949 in an uncredited role in the film classic "White Heat" with James Cagney, as Zuckie Hommell. Among his other film credits are: "Perfect Stranger" (1950) as Ernest Craig; "The Robe" (1953) as Boat Captain; "3:10 to Yuma" (1957) as a Marshal; "John Paul Jones" (1959) as Lt. Simpson; "Flaming Star" (1960) as Doc Phillips; "Claudelle Inglish" (1961) as Rev. Armstrong; "Parrish" (1961) as John Donati; "Two Rode Together" (1961) as Henry Clay; "Kings of the Sun" (1963) as The Chief, imaginative casting indeed; "The Andromeda Strain" (1971) uncredited in a Bit Part; "The Parallax View" (1974) as an Assassin; "Halloween II" (1981) as Dr. Mixter; "Marshal Law" (1996) as Old Timer and "Coyote Moon" (1999) as Pops. On TV he was quite prolific appearing as a regular on the series: "Window on Main Street" (1961) as Lloyd Ramsey; "The Richard Boone Show" (1963) as a Regular; "Search" (1972) as Dr. Barnett; "The Manhunter" (1974-75) as James Barrett; "The Bionic Woman" (1976) as Jim Elgin; "Captains and Kings" (1976) a mini-series as Abraham Lincoln; "Days of Our Lives" (1977-78) a soap as Frank Evans and "Backstairs at the White House" (1979) a mini-series as Navy Secretary. He also appeared in some above average TV movies including: "My Sweet Charlie" (1970); "A Family Upside Down" (1978); "Friendly Fire" (1979) and "Gideon's Trumpet" (1980). He guest starred on many series including: "Gunsmoke"; "Rawhide"; "Perry Mason"; "Bonanza"; "The Fugitive"; "The Rockford Files"; "The Outer Limits"; "The F.B.I."; "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"; "Little House on the Prairie"; "Matlock"; "E.R." and "The King of Queens."

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