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Birth Name:  Raymond D. Turner
Born:  October 28, 1895 in New Mexico, USA
Died:  August 18, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death:  ?




Biography:  Black actor that had a lot of small parts in movies, but made only one appearance in a Blondie movie.  He actually had a fairly big and important part in #6 Blondie Has Servant Trouble.  It would have been neat if they had used him for a continuing character.

    There were so many great black comic actors from the 1930s-1960s that haven't yet received the credit they deserve.  One of the many goals of Polar Blair's Den is to correct that.  Eddie "Rochester" Anderson is the "king" of the black comics, in my opinion, and certainly the most famous.  But there's others like Ray Turner, Mantan Moreland, Willie Best, and Stepin Fetchit that are also outstanding.  These guys set the stage for the more recent funnymen like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Bernie Mac, Dave Chappelle and others.  Check out Ray Turner's work, and that of his colleagues, if you enjoy this brand of comedy.

Ray Turner