John Wray (actor)

John Wray
Born John Griffith Malloy
(1887-02-13)February 13, 1887
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 5, 1940(1940-04-05) (aged 53)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1929-1940
Spouse(s) Florence Miller
Children Jack Wray

John Wray (February 13, 1887 – April 5, 1940) was an American character actor of stage and screen.


Wray, born John Griffith Malloy, was one of the many Broadway actors to descend on Hollywood in the aftermath of the sound revolution, and quickly appeared in a variety of substantial character roles, such as the Arnold Rothstein-like gangster in The Czar of Broadway (1930); Himmelstoss, the sadistic drill instructor in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930); and as the contortionist the Frog in the remake of The Miracle Man (1932), in the role previously played by Lon Chaney in the 1919 original.[1]

Wray's roles grew increasingly smaller as the decade progressed but he was very visible as the starving farmer threatening to kill Gary Cooper's Longfellow Deeds in Frank Capra's classic Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and as the warden in Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once (1937).[1]

Partial filmography


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