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Ray Collins

Ray Bidwell Collins (December 10, 1889 – July 11, 1965) was an American character actor in stock and Broadway theatre, radio, films, and television. With 900 stage roles to his credit, he became one of the most successful actors in the developing field of radio drama. A friend and associate of Orson Welles for many years, Collins went to Hollywood with the Mercury Theatre company and made his feature-film debut in Citizen Kane (1941), as Kane's ruthless political rival. Collins appeared in more than 75 films and had one of his best-remembered roles on television, as the disarming but determined police Lieutenant Arthur Tragg on the television series Perry Mason.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 10th, 1889 (Sacramento), Died July 11th, 1965 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-76356 16-in. 5/26/1933 Charlie Chan. Behind the curtain. Episode 13 Unidentified radio performer(s) Radio broadcast : Drama speaker  
Victor MS-76357 16-in. 5/26/1933 Charlie Chan. Behind the curtain. Episode 13 Ray Collins Radio broadcast : Drama speaker  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Collins, Ray," accessed July 31, 2021,

Collins, Ray. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from

"Collins, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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