Nicholas Ray

1911 - 1979

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Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle Jr., August 7, 1911 – June 16, 1979) was an American film director best known for the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. Ray is also appreciated for many narrative features produced between 1947 and 1963 including Bigger Than Life, Johnny Guitar, They Live by Night, and In a Lonely Place, as well as an experimental work produced throughout the 1970s titled We Can't Go Home Again, which was unfinished at the time of Ray's death from lung cancer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicholas Ray has received more than 807,387 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Nicholas Ray is the 203rd most popular film director (up from 206th in 2019), the 1,365th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,346th in 2019) and the 56th most popular American Film Director.

Nicholas Ray is most famous for directing Rebel Without a Cause, a film about the American teenager.

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Among film directors, Nicholas Ray ranks 203 out of 1,580Before him are John G. Avildsen, Gus Van Sant, Alfonso Cuarón, Thea von Harbou, Alice Guy-Blaché, and Agnieszka Holland. After him are Dino Risi, Jerzy Skolimowski, Mike Nichols, Michael Cacoyannis, John Sturges, and Miklós Jancsó.

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Among people born in 1911, Nicholas Ray ranks 61Before him are Sergey Sokolov, Karl Silberbauer, Herta Oberheuser, Niels Kaj Jerne, Alfred Naujocks, and Feodor Lynen. After him are Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, Lee Yoo-hyung, George Stigler, Eduardo Frei Montalva, Dieter Wisliceny, and Danny Kaye. Among people deceased in 1979, Nicholas Ray ranks 44Before him are Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Feodor Lynen, Pier Luigi Nervi, Giulio Natta, and Dimitri Tiomkin. After him are Louis Chiron, Conrad Hilton, Mamie Eisenhower, Yukio Tsuda, Stein Rokkan, and Alfredo Ottaviani.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Nicholas Ray ranks 1,365 out of 15,968Before him are William Walker (1824), Hal Holbrook (1925), William Westmoreland (1914), Jeremy Rifkin (1945), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), and F. Sherwood Rowland (1927). After him are Frederick Douglass (1818), Robin Wright (1966), Linda B. Buck (1947), Edgar Mitchell (1930), Walter Gilbert (1932), and Mitt Romney (1947).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Nicholas Ray ranks 56Before him are Robert Aldrich (1918), Blake Edwards (1922), Richard Donner (1930), Spike Lee (1957), John G. Avildsen (1935), and Gus Van Sant (1952). After him are John Sturges (1910), Arthur Penn (1922), Alan J. Pakula (1928), Barry Levinson (1942), Henry Hathaway (1898), and Raoul Walsh (1887).