Ray Mala

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Birthday
27, 1906
Birthplace
Alaska
Death Date
Sep 23, 1952 (45)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
27, 1906
Birthplace
Alaska
Death Date
Sep 23, 1952 (45)

About

Native Alaskan actor who became the first of his people to star in Hollywood. He starred in the Woody Van Dyke-directed film, Eskimo, which won an Academy Award.

Before Fame

At age 16, he appeared in a movie about his still largely unexplored state. He soon became a prolific actor, starring in over 25 films.

Trivia

He starred in the first film that won an Oscar for editing, Eskimo/Mala the Magnificent, and several years later had a part in Cecil B. DeMille's Union Pacific.

Family Life

He grew up in the territory of Alaska. His father was a traveling Russian trader and his mother was an Eskimo.

Associated With

In addition to his work in front of the camera, he worked as a cinematographer on director Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt.