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(DECEASED) ORIGINAL Autograph 5X7 EXCELLENT SIGNATURE QUALITY AUTHENTICATED BY JSA (JAMES SPENCE AUTHENTICATION)S Ford Rainey (August 8, 1908 - July 25, 2005) was an American film, stage and television actor Rainey was born in Mountain Home, Idaho, the son of Vyrna ( Kinkade), a teacher, and Archie Coleman Rainey.[2] He first acted on the stage while in high school. Rainey graduated from Centralia Junior College in Washington state and the Cornish Drama School in Seattle. He then moved to Connecticut to study acting at the Michael Chekhov Theatre Studio. Growing up in the outdoors and learning to ride horses helped him in his career as a tough-guy film presence later in life. Like many young actors, he worked odd jobs including logger, fisherman, fruit picker, carpenter, clam digger and working on an oil tanker before becoming a successful actor. He worked as a radio actor as well as a touring stage actor before breaking into films. His Broadway debut was in a 1939 Chekhov production of The Possessed that had a run of 14 performances. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. After the war he moved to Ojai, California, where he, Woodrow Chambliss and other actors who had studied under Chekhov founded the Ojai Valley Players. Rainey was a familiar face in motion pictures, including his 1949 film debut White Heat, Perfect Strangers, The Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen and Two Rode Together with James Stewart. He guest-starred on many television series, including The Adventures of Kit Carson, Bonanza, The Invaders, The Brothers Brannagan (in the 1961 series finale "The Hunter and the Hunted"), The Tall Man, Stoney Burke, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, Empire, Dundee and the Culhane, Baa Baa Black Sheep (TV series), How the West was Won (aka The Macahans), The Untouchables, and the 1976 western Sara, and he co-starred in the acclaimed television movie My Sweet Charlie. The tall austere, authoritative-looking actor was a natural at playing leaders. Between 1962-65 Rainey made four guest appearances on the CBS courtroom series Perry Mason, beginning with the role of Russell Durham in "The Case of the Unsuitable Uncle." In 1964 he played murder victim Harry Trilling in "The Case of the Ugly Duckling." In the 1961-62 season he co-starred with Robert Young in the unsuccessful CBS series Window on Main Street, in which he portrayed newspaper editor Lloyd Ramsey. Tim Matheson, then a child actor, had a recurring role in the series, as did Constance Moore. Rainey portrayed the adoptive father of Lee Majors' Steve Austin (The Six Million Dollar Man), and the foster father of Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman) (credit pictured). He played the role of Dr. Frederick Mixter in the 1981 film Halloween II. He appeared in the 1987 miniseries Amerika. Rainey played a general on CBS' M*A*S*H, and a judge on both The Waltons and Matlock. He played presidents on Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, and on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Later television appearances, in the 1990s and 2000s, include ER and recurring roles on Wiseguy, Ned and Stacey, and The King of Queens. He could also be seen in some commercials in the middle 1970s through the 1980s, such as REACH brand toothbrushes; a Johnson & Johnson product. During that time he was part of Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island.
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