Ray Teal Biography

Birthday: 1902-01-12
Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: Most familiar to TV audiences as no-nonsense Sheriff Roy Coffee on the long-running western series "Bonanza" (1959), Ray Teal was one of the most versatile character actors in the business. In his almost 40-year career he played everything from cops to gunfighters to sheriffs to gangsters to a judge at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials. He could play a kindly grandfather in one film and a heartless, sadistic killer in the next, and be equally believable in both roles. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was a musician who worked his way through college playing the sax in local bands. At UCLA in the 1920s he formed his own band and led it until 1936. He appeared in several films in minor bit parts, and it wasn't until 1938 that he had a somewhat more substantial part, in Western Jamboree (1938). The next year he had a bigger part in the splashy Spencer Tracy adventure 'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940) as one of Rogers' Rangers. He appeared in serials, westerns, crime dramas, costume epics (he even appeared as Little John in The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946)!), war pictures, had a small but memorable part as an anti-Semitic blowhard who gets knocked into a store display by Dana Andrews in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and a bigger and more memorable part as one of Spencer Tracy's fellow judges in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). He also made many appearances on TV, in everything from "The Lone Ranger" (1949) to "Green Acres" (1965). He died of natural causes in 1976.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Cavalcade of America 1952 Drama
Captain Midnight 1954 - 1956 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Adventures of Red Ryder 1940
Captain Midnight 1942 Action, Adventure
Along Came Jones 1945 Comedy, Romance
Ramrod 1947 Action, Romance
The Black Arrow Nick Appleyard 1948 Action, Adventure, History
The Men 1950
Along the Great Divide 1951 Adventure, Romance
Ace in the Hole 1951 Drama
Distant Drums 1951 Action
The Captive City 1952 Crime, Drama
Jumping Jacks 1952 Comedy
The Wild One 1953
Rage at Dawn 1955
Rogue Cop 1955 Crime, Drama
The Desperate Hours 1956 Crime, Drama
Home from the Hill 1960 Drama, Romance
One-Eyed Jacks 1961 Fantasy