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Ford Rainey ACTOR


Ford Rainey was born on August 8th, 1908 in Mountain Home, Idaho. From a young age he developed an interest in performing and would participate in a number of school productions.

After high school he continued his involvement in stage acting and performed in a variety of regional stage productions and later relocated to New York to study his craft under Michael Chekhov. He also earned a degree from Centralia Junior College in Washington State and the Cornish Drama School in Seattle.
While living in New York he continued his pursuit of a career as an actor and supported himself with other small odd end jobs such as a logger, lineman and carpenter. He then took a brief break from acting to join the United States Coast Guard and served during World War II.

Upon completing his military service, Rainey then moved to California where he was involved in starting the Ojai Valley Players. By the early 1950's he began appearing in such films as, "White Heat" (1949) starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly and Steve Cochran and "Perfect Strangers" (1950) starring Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan and Thelma Ritter, "Flaming Star" (1960) starring Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest and John McIntire, John Ford's "Two Rode Together" (1961) starring starring James Stewart, Richard Widmark, and Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal, Andy Devine, John McIntire, Henry Brandon, John Qualen, Woody Strode, Harry Carey Jr., Jeanette Nolan, Ken Curtis and Willis Bouchey, "Sand Pebbles" (1966) starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Richard Loo and Simon Oakland.
The rest of his career was for the most part focused on television roles with the occasional film appearance. Some of his television credits included, "Ramar of the Jungle", "Cowboy G-Men", "The Adventures of Kit Carson", "Danger", "Kraft Theater", "Route 66", "The Detectives", "Empire", "The Wide Country", "Laramie", "The Richard Boone Show", "The Outer Limits", "Perry Mason", "Get Smart", "The Fugitive", "Cimarron Strip", "Iron Horse", "Lassie", "The Virginian", "Men at Law", "Ironside", "Bonanza", "Kung Fu", "The Rookies", "The Manhunter" and "Gunsmoke".

Towards the end of his career he added such television credits as, "Ned and Stacey", "ER" and "The King of Queens". Final film roles were in, "The Politics of Desire" (1998) starring Herta Ware, Michael Greene, Giselle Jenkins and Kit Rice and "Purgatory Flats" (2003) starring Vincent Ventresca and Brian Austin Green. 
He married only once to Sheila Hayden in 1954 and they had three children and remained married until he passed away at the age of ninety six on July 25th, 2005 in Santa Monica, California from complications from a number of strokes. His remains are buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.


1999-2003 The King of Queens
2003 Purgatory Flats
1999 Desert Heat
1999 ER
1998 The Politics of Desire
1996-1997 Ned and Stacey
1996 Marshal Law
1995 Picket Fences
1993 There Was a Little Boy
1992 Bridges  
1991 Bed & Breakfast
1991 China Beach
1989 Wiseguy
1989 The Cellar
1989 Moonlighting
1989 Matlock
1987 Santa Barbara
1987 Amerika
1987 J. Edgar Hoover
1986 Who Is Julia?
1986 Falcon Crest
1984 Newhart
1984 Remington Steele
1984 St. Elsewhere
1982 It Takes Two
1982 Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice
1981 Halloween II
1980 Gideon's Trumpet
1980 M*A*S*H
1979 B.J. and the Bear
1979 Charlie's Angels
1979 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter
1979 Friendly Fire
1979 How the West Was Won
1979 Backstairs at the White House
1978 The Waltons
1978 A Family Upside Down
1975-1978 Little House on the Prairie
1977-1978 Days of Our Lives
1977 Quincy M.E.
1973-1977 Barnaby Jones
1976-1977 The Bionic Woman
1977 Our Town
1977 Most Wanted
1977 Black Sheep Squadron
1976 Guardian of the Wilderness
1976 Captains and the Kings
1976 Mary Tyler Moore
1976 The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
1976 The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe
1976 Sara
1975-1976 The Six Million Dollar Man
1975 The Streets of San Francisco
1975 Babe
1975 Petrocelli
1975 Medical Story
1975 Strange New World
1965-1975 Insight
1975 The Rockford Files
1974 The Manhunter
1962-1974 Gunsmoke
1971-1974 Cannon
1974 The Parallax View
1974 The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd
1974 Chopper One
1974 The Stranger Who Looks Like Me
1974 Manhunter
1974 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law
1974 Doc Elliot
1973 Key West
1973 Sixteen
1973 Linda
1967-1973 Mannix
1973 The Rookies
1973 Kung Fu
1967-1973 The F.B.I.
1973 Cotter
1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones
1972 Search
1961-1971 Bonanza
1971 A Howling in the Woods
1971 Rod Serling's Night Gallery
1971 Ironside
1971 My Old Man's Place
1971 Men at Law
1970-1971 The Young Lawyers
1971 The Naked Zoo
1970 The Immortal
1970 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers
1970 The Traveling Executioner
1970 Dan August
1970 The Andersonville Trial
1970 Mod Squad
1970 My Sweet Charlie
1964-1969 Daniel Boone
1969 D.A.: Murder One
1969 The Gypsy Moths
1963-1969 The Virginian
1965-1969 Lassie
1969 Judd for the Defense
1969 My Friend Tony
1967-1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett
1966-1968 The Wild Wild West
1968 The Man from the 25th Century
1967 Dundee and the Culhane
1967 The Invaders
1967 Run for Your Life
1967 Cimarron Strip
1967 Chuka
1966 The Sand Pebbles
1966 Iron Horse
1966 The Time Tunnel
1966 The Fugitive
1966 Johnny Tiger
1966 Gunpoint
1965 Get Smart
1965 Slattery's People
1965 The Big Valley
1965 The Long, Hot Summer
1965 The Wackiest Ship in the Army
1962-1965 Perry Mason
1965 Lost in Space
1961-1965 Rawhide
1961-1965 Dr. Kildare
1964-1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
1964 Profiles in Courage
1964 Mr. Novak
1964 The Outer Limits
1963-1964 The Richard Boone Show
1963 Kings of the Sun
1963 The Doctors and the Nurses
1962-1963 The Untouchables
1963 Have Gun - Will Travel
1963 Laramie
1963 Saints and Sinners
1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
1962 The Wide Country
1962 Empire
1962 Stoney Burke
1962 Checkmate
1961-1962 Window on Main Street
1962 The Detectives
1962 Cain's Hundred
1961 Claudelle Inglish
1961 Ada
1961 Two Rode Together
1961 The Brothers Brannagan
1961 Parrish
1961 Route 66
1961 Dead to the World
1960 Flaming Star
1960 The Tall Man
1960 Sunday Showcase
1959 John Paul Jones
1959 The Last Mile
1958 The Badlanders
1955-1958 Kraft Theatre
1957 Goodyear Playhouse
1957 3:10 to Yuma
1957 Robert Montgomery Presents
1955 Danger
1955 Studio One in Hollywood
1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
1954 The Human Jungle
1953 The Robe
1953 Ramar of the Jungle
1952-1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase
1952 Cowboy G-Men
1951 The Adventures of Kit Carson
1951 Frontiers of Faith
1950 Perfect Strangers
1949 White Heat

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