Ford Rainey Biography

Birthday: 1908-08-08
Place of Birth: Mountain Home, Idaho
Wiki Biography: American character actor of stage, films, and television. A native of Idaho, Rainey was the son of a colorful character who was, among many other things, a champion of local dance contests. As a boy, Rainey was painfully shy, but found an outlet in school plays. He pursued stage work in regional companies, then went to New York to study with the legendary Michael Chekhov. He worked numerous "civilian" jobs while attempting to make a career as an actor, including work as a logger, a lineman, and a licensed carpenter. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, then went to California where he helped start the Ojai Valley Players and then acted in his first film in 1949. He became a familiar face in films and television shows of all sorts during the next five decades while maintaining a deep attachment to the theatre. In his ninetieth year, he played Giles Corey in "The Crucible" at Theatricum Botanicum, the Topanga, California theatre founded by his friend, the late Will Geer.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Television Theatre Jim Williams 1947 - 1958
The Richard Boone Show 1963 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Badlanders 1958 Romance
Flaming Star 1960 Drama
Kings of the Sun 1963 Adventure, Drama, History
The Sand Pebbles 1966 Drama, Romance
The Gypsy Moths 1969 Action, Drama, Romance
My Sweet Charlie 1970 Drama
Strange New World 1975 Sci Fi
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter 1979 Drama
Halloween II Dr. Mixter 1981 Horror, Thriller
The Cellar T.C. van Houten 1989 Horror
Bed & Breakfast Amos 1992 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Desert Heat Pop Reynolds 1999 Action, Drama, Romance
Purgatory Flats Phil 2010 Thriller