Nicholas Ray Overview:

Director, Nicholas Ray, was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle on Aug 7, 1911 in Galesville, WI. Ray died at the age of 67 on Jun 16, 1979 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI.



Although Ray was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best WritingRebel without a Cause (1955)N/ANominated

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Bigger Than Life (1956): and George Mason Fit The Bill

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 10, 2019 From 4 Star Films

James Mason gleaned the idea for Bigger Than Life from a contemporary article featured in The New Yorker by a medical writer named?Berton Rouech?. He?detailed the side effects of the drug cortisone featured in real-life horror stories. The title is certainly far from a misnomer and James Mason gives... Read full article

The Lusty Men (1952): Transcends His Material Again

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 8, 2019 From 4 Star Films

The connotation of the film’s lurid title feels slightly deceptive. Because The Lusty Men might have basic elements of men who desire after women but it’s fairly restrained in this regard. At least more than I initially conceived. However, it is a film characterized by a zeal or a lust f... Read full article

Goes Home

By Will McKinley on Oct 7, 2013 From Cinematically Insane

made an appearance at the New York Film Festival on Saturday night. At least, according to his widow. ?I brought you Nick tonight, because I figured he could probably speak better about this film than anybody else,? Susan Ray said before a screening of her husband?s v?rit?Western THE L... Read full article

They Live By Night: The Blogathon

By shadowsandsatin on Sep 4, 2011 From Shadows and Satin

The following post is Shadows and Satin?s contribution to the Blogathon, which is being hosted September 5-8, 2011, by Cinema Viewfinder. (Watch out for spoilers: you?ve been warned.) An acclaimed, Oscar-nominated director, was perhaps best known for his film Rebel Without ... Read full article

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Is the subject of the song "Nicholas Ray" by Sea Ray, from their album Stars at Noon.

Of his own films, his personal favorite was Rebel Without a Cause (1955), which is also easily his most commercially successful film. Ray was also proud of his work on They Live by Night (1949), and the fact that he had been able to "wing it" on The Lusty Men (1952). He admitted that In a Lonely Place (1950) was "a very personal film".

He worked with principally younger cast members throughout his career and always preferred hanging out with them, having flings with young actresses like Natalie Wood and sharing beers with James Dean.

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