Happy birthday Gene Raymond!
Gene Raymond (August 13, 1908—May 2, 1998) was an American actor, composer, director and producer, in addition to being a military pilot. He completed most of his acting work throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
Raymond was born Raymond Guion in New York City. He got into acting early on, appearing in productions of Rip Van Winkle and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch while attending the Professional Children's School. By the time he was 17 years old, he appeared on Broadway in The Cradle Snatchers alongside the likes of Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver, and a young Humphrey Bogart.
In 1931, he made his screen debut in the film Personal Maids. Soon after, he appeared in If I Had a Million (1932). He went on to appear in films like Red Dust (1932), Zoo in Budapest (1933), Ex-Lady (1933), Flying Down to Rio (1933), I Am Suzanne (1934), Sadie McKee (1934), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941), The Locket (1946), Million Dollar Weekend (1948).
Before the start of World War II, Raymond trained as a pilot because he felt certain that the United States would enter the war. When it did, he became a lieutenant in the Air Force. After the war, he remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1968.
Some actors he worked with include Loretta Young, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Dolores del Río, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Lilian Harvey, and Joan Crawford. (Image source)
Raymond also wrote music, including the song "Will You?" which he sang in the film Smartest Girl In Town (1936).
Despite outright evidence that Raymond had homosexual tendencies, he was married to two women, the first of whom was actress Jeanette MacDonald.
- Birthday Date: Wednesday, 13 August 2014