Raymond Walburn Overview:

Character actor, Raymond Walburn, was born on Sep 9, 1887 in Plymouth, IN. Walburn died at the age of 81 on Jul 26, 1969 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, NY.


Round-faced, brown-haired, mustachioed, pop-eyed American actor, a favorite comic character star of the 1930s and 1940s, often seen as phony military types and jovial confidence tricksters, and constantly surprised at the pricking of his own pomposity of bogusness. Excelled in the low-budget "Henry" comedies of the late 1940s and early 1950s. A most likeable rogue.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Raymond Walburn Quotes:

Judge Cameron: Why I aim to give Red Valley a couple hangings that they'll be proud of in days to come.

Judge Cameron: ...Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. Well, gents, there's twelve of you, and it takes twelve to make a jury. Now we got two men here to hang. But we are going to do it by the law. Hank, you be foreman.
Hank: Huh? Oh, all right, judge.
Judge Cameron: Lift your right hand. Do you solemnly swar to put the law on them bank robbers, so help ya?
Hank: I do.
Judge Cameron: That's the stuff, Hank! Now wait a minute, we got to have a little evidence... but very little!

Mayor Everett D. Noble: [dictating his acceptance speech to his son, Forrest] I accept the responsibility with a sense of both humility, satisfaction and gratitude.
Forrest Noble: You can't say "both humility, satisfaction and gratitude". "Both" means two, and you have "humility, satisfaction and gratitude". That's three.
Mayor Everett D. Noble: I can't say it.
Forrest Noble: You can not.
Mayor Everett D. Noble: I've been saying it for years.
Forrest Noble: Well, it isn't correct grammar.
Mayor Everett D. Noble: I'm not running on a platform of correct grammar.

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Raymond Walburn Facts
His first Broadway show "The Greyhound" (1912) was deemed a huge hit but its run was cut short by the "Titanic" disaster.

While playing the juvenile lead in the play "Come Out of the Kitchen" starring Ruth Chatterton, Walburn was called to military duty. He joined the heavy artillery corps in training at Fort Hamilton and, during his first leave, returned to the theater to visit. The management, in a spurt of patriotism, allowed him to play his old part in uniform that night.

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