Ray's birthday falls under the Year of the Dragon.
Ray's Zodiac Sign is Scorpio.
In 1988, Ray won the Founder's Award
for his work on Wiseguy (1987) at the Viewers for Quality Television Awards.
In 1981, Ray won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: The Idolmaker (1980).
In 1982, Ray was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for: The Ordeal of Bill Carney (1981).
Ray was arrested July 30, 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for drug possession. Canadian customs officials, making a routine inspection of incoming cargo at the airport, discovered small amounts of cocaine and heroin in a black envelope being sent from Los Angeles, California to Sharkey, who had been in Canada filming a guest stint on The Hat Squad for only three days. Police searched his hotel room and found an additional $550 worth of drugs. He was jailed and later released on bail. He was promptly fired from The Hat Squad and replaced by actor Kim Coates.
Ray is believed to have developed the AIDS virus through sharing dirty needles.
Ray was involved in four drug-related car wrecks (two required microsurgery on his eyes).
Ray's father, also named Ray, a professional drummer, abandoned the family when he was 5 years old. He later died in 1984.
At Ray's worst his cocaine and heroin addiction cost him $400 a day.
Ray Sharkey: (on becoming an actor) I was kind of bored and didn't know what to do. It was either join the Marines and go to Vietnam or go down to the Village and go to acting school. So, I opted for the latter.
Ray grew up in Brooklyn's tough Red Hook neighborhood.
Jack Lemmon's performance in 1962's Days of Wine and Roses was a strong influence on Ray's decision to become an actor.
Ray was half-Italian and half-Irish.
Ray studied acting at the H.B. Studio in New York City for four years.
Ray died at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Ray had a daughter, Cecelia, with former wife actress Carole Graham.
Ray was married twice. First to actress Rebecca Wood from 1984-1986. Then to Carole Graham from 1988 to 1990.
Ray was best known for his role on the hit show Wiseguy, he played Mob Boss Sonny Steelgrave.
Ray was 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.