Ray Collins

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Born

12/10/2006 , Sacramento,California

Died

7/11/1965

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Veteran New York stage actor who became a charter member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater. Collins made his film debut in 1941 in the classic Welles film Citizen Kane nearly stealing the show as a corrupt political boss. He later appeared in such well-known movies as The Magnificent Ambersons, The Heiress, The Fountainhead, The Desperate Hours, Touch of Evil, and The Solid Gold Cadillac before being cast as the crusty Lt. Tragg in the TV legal drama Perry Mason. Though Collins' characterization of Tragg was vastly different from the version in Erle Stanley Gardner's novels, he nonetheless made the role his own until ill health forced him to leave the series.