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Ray Teal

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Birth dateJanuary 12, 1902
Place of birthGrand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Date of deathApril 2, 1976(age 74)
Death placeSanta Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA

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Ray Teal (January 12, 1902 April 2, 1976) was an actor who appeared in more than 250 movies and some 90 television programs in his 37-year career. His longest running role was as Sheriff Roy Coffee on NBC's most successful western, Bonanza (1960 1972). He also played a sheriff in the film Ace in the Hole.

Teal had a recurring role as a police officer in the 1953-1955 ABC sitcom with a variety show theme, Where's Raymond?, renamed The Ray Bolger Show. Ray Bolger played Raymond Wallace, a song-and-dance man who was repeatedly barely on time for his performances. Others on the series were Richard Erdman, Allyn Joslyn, Betty Lynn, Sylvia Lewis, Gloria Winters, and Verna Felton.

In 1955, Teal portrayed a ruthless cattle baron in the episode "Julesburg" of ABC's Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker, the first hour-long western series on a major network.

Teal, a saxophone player, worked his way through UCLA as a bandleader before becoming an actor. He was a bit part player in western movies for several years before landing a substantial role in Northwest Passage (1940). Another of his roles was as Little John in The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946). His most memorable movie roles include playing one of the judges in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) with Spencer Tracy and an indulgent bar owner to Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in The Wild One. This was the second of three times that Teal appeared with Brando having done so already as a drunk in Brando's debut in The Men and later in Brando's only directorial effort, One Eyed Jacks, as a bar tender.

He appeared in three episodes of the 1955-1957 anthology series, Crossroads, a study of clergymen from different denominations.

Teal died of natural causes at the age of seventy-four in Santa Monica, California.

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