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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, screenwriter, and actor best known for the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. He is appreciated for many narrative features produced between 1947 and 1963 including They Live By Night, In A Lonely Place, Johnny Guitar, and Bigger Than Life, 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. Ray's compositions within the CinemaScope frame and use of color are particularly well-regarded and he was an important influence on the French New Wave, with Jean-Luc Godard famously writing in a review of Bitter Victory, "... Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicholas Ray has received more than 1,025,971 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Nicholas Ray is the 189th most popular film director (up from 203rd in 2019), the 1,216th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,364th in 2019) and the 52nd 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 189 out of 1,581Before him are Giuseppe Tornatore, James Ivory, Michael Cacoyannis, Ivan Reitman, Vincente Minnelli, and Stanley Kramer. After him are Vsevolod Pudovkin, Jerzy Skolimowski, Michael Moore, Lewis Milestone, Richard Donner, and Shohei Imamura.

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Among people born in 1911, Nicholas Ray ranks 55Before him are Bruno Kreisky, Robert Taylor, Henri Troyat, Ernesto Sabato, Karl Silberbauer, and Alfred Naujocks. After him are Klaus Fuchs, Lucille Ball, Gustav Wagner, Akira Yoshizawa, Feodor Lynen, and Karel Čurda. Among people deceased in 1979, Nicholas Ray ranks 38Before him are Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Francisco Macías Nguema, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Peggy Guggenheim, Mary Pickford, and Pier Luigi Nervi. After him are Edvard Kardelj, Louis Chiron, Giulio Natta, Feodor Lynen, Otto Robert Frisch, and Aleksei N. Leontiev.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Nicholas Ray ranks 1,216 out of 18,182Before him are Bruce Dern (1936), Arthur Kornberg (1918), Mike Markkula (1942), Mary Jackson (1921), Rodney King (1965), and John Gotti (1940). After him are Vera Miles (1929), Will Durant (1885), Michael Moore (1954), William Randolph Hearst (1863), Richard Donner (1930), and Lawrence Klein (1920).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Nicholas Ray ranks 52Before him are Kathryn Bigelow (1951), Robert Aldrich (1918), Don Siegel (1912), James Ivory (1928), Vincente Minnelli (1903), and Stanley Kramer (1913). After him are Michael Moore (1954), Richard Donner (1930), Alan J. Pakula (1928), Chris Columbus (1958), Sam Raimi (1959), and John Sturges (1910).