Nicholas Ray

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Birthday
7, 1911
Birthplace
Wisconsin
Death Date
Jun 16, 1979 (67)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
7, 1911
Birthplace
Wisconsin
Death Date
Jun 16, 1979 (67)

About

Director of iconic teenage angst films like Johnny Guitar and Rebel Without a cause.

Before Fame

He moved to New York to act in radio and in Eli Kazan's stage plays after studying art at Frank Lloyd Wright's artist's colony in Wisconsin.

Trivia

His professional success peaked with Rebel Without a Cause. An addiction to drugs and alcohol forced him to retire from filmmaking and spend the rest of his working life as a professor.

Family Life

He was born in Galesville, Wisconsin, a descendant of German and Norwegian immigrants.

Associated With

He cast James Dean as the hero of Rebel Without a Cause. Dean died a few days before the film's release, contributing to both the film's legacy and his own legacy.