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Ray "Crash" Corrigan

Personal information
Birth nameRaymond Benard
Birth dateFebruary 14, 1902
Place of birthMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Date of deathAugust 10, 1976(age 74)
Death placeBrookings, Oregon, United States
NicknameRaymond Benard
Ray Benard
Ray Corrigan
Crash Corrigan
SpouseElaine DuPont
Rita Jane Smeal (?-1954)

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Ray "Crash" Corrigan (February 14, 1902 - August 10, 1976), born Raymond Benard, was an American actor most famous for appearing in B-Western movies. He also performed stunts and frequently appeared in a gorilla costume at both the beginning and end of his film career; Corrigan owned his own ape costume.

In 1937, Corrigan purchased land in the Santa Susana Mountains foothills in Simi Valley and developed it into a movie ranch called "Corriganville." The movie ranch was used for location filming in film serials, feature films and television shows, as well as for the performance of live western shows for tourists. Bob Hope bought the ranch in 1966 and renamed it 'Hopetown,' it is now a Regional Park and nature preserve.

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