Ray Middleton, shown here in an episode of the ABC-TV series "Too Close For Comfort", made a guest appearance on M*A*S*H as Cardinal Reardon in the Season 9 episode "Blood Brothers".
|Born:||February 8, 1907|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died:||April 10, 1984(aged 77)|
|Deathplace||Panorama City, California, U.S.|
|Years active:||1933-1984, his death|
|Appeared on/in:||M*A*S*H TV series|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Blood Brothers" (Season 9)|
|Character played:||Cardinal Reardon|
Raymond Earl Middleton, Jr. (February 8, 1907 – April 10, 1984), known and billed as Ray Middleton, made a guest appearance on the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H as Cardinal Reardon in the Season 8 episode "Blood Brothers".
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ray was the first actor to play Superman in public, which he did on July 3, 1940, during the 1939 New York World's Fair's "Superman Day". During the early 1940s, he appeared in the movies Gangs of Chicago, the original Hurricane Smith (playing the title role), and Lady for a Night, which starred Joan Blondell and John Wayne. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, appearing in the Air Forces show Winged Victory. In 1946, he co-starred with Ethel Merman in the original Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun.
He played the dual roles of the Innkeeper and the Governor in the original stage production of Man of La Mancha.
In television, Middleton's appearances included The Ed Sullivan Show (once as a guest host), the Colgate Comedy Hour, and Chrysler's Shower of Stars in the 1950s. He co-starred with Phil Silvers and Lee Remick in a 1967 TV adaptation of Damn Yankees!.
During the 1970s, Middleton appeared in the TV movie Hec Ramsey as a judge, in the musical movie 1776, as Colonel Thomas McKean, and in the first TV adaptation of Helter Skelter as rancher George Spahn. He also voiced the character Pepperino in the cartoon Tubby the Tuba.
Middleton's last appearances were as Cardinal Reardon in the "Blood Brothers" episode in Season 9, which also featured Patrick Swayze), and as grandfather Huey Rush in the comedy Too Close for Comfort.
Middleton died in Panorama City, California at the age of 77.
- Ray Middleton at the Internet Movie Database