|Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflies, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.|
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Ray Jones circa 1940
Full name possibilities:
Rayden Charles Jones
Raden Charles Jones
1898 - 1975
appeared in about 180 westerns, 6 serials, and lots of early TV shows
| Texan Ray Jones is another familiar B western "face in the crowd", and he generally did uncredited roles as a henchman, townsman, barfly, et al.
Les Adams has Jones identified in 180+ western movies and 6 serials.
As with many other B western supporting players, Jones migrated to early TV work and can be spotted in episodes of GUNSMOKE, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, WYATT EARP, more.
His film and television career spanned 30+ years, from about 1930 through the early 1960s.
In the information below, note that his first name may be Raden (not Rayden). Pure guess - he probably got nicknamed "Ray" as a child. And as time went by, Raden/Ray morphed into Rayden.
There was an unknown first marriage. He married Irene Cole (1910 - 1980) in 1933, and they had a son, Rayden Douglas Jones (1934 - 2006).
Suffering from cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Ray Jones passed away on October 27, 1975 at Broadway Community Hospital, Los Angeles.
As of December, 2016, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) incorrectly identifies actor Ray Jones as Raymond F. Jones, born August 12, 1900 in Batvia, Iowa: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0429070/
That IMDb reference to Raymond F. Jones is incorrect. The Family Search website has the 1940 census takers worksheet for 39 year old Raymond F. Jones (born Iowa) and 37 year old wife Lillian who own their home at 725 North Carson Avenue in Los Angeles. Jones' occupation is "Studio electrician - Motion Pictures", and in 1939, he worked 50 weeks and earned $4000.00: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-27797-4129-58?cc=2000219&wc=M9Q8-B7Q:n1312975888
The Three Stooges net website has Ray Jones in a few shorts with the zany trio: http://www.threestooges.net/cast/actor/4065/
On the trail of Ray Jones:
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), ProQuest obituaries, California Death Index, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), newspapers and other sources have info on our B western actor Ray Jones.
Three common threads in the info below are:
1. Ray's mother was Deamer Escoe, and there are several variations of her name which I've highlighted in this color.
2. Ray's wife was Irene Cole, and I've highlighted her in this color.
3. There was a brother named James / Jim, and I've highlighted him in this color.
|His parents were easy to locate in various records. But there's issues in finding Ray Jones, western movie actor. We'll begin with info that Ray reported about himself:|
The Ray Jones and Irene Cole 1933 marriage license list his parents as John R. Jones and Deamer Escel [sic] (born Texas).
Census, births, deaths, and other info:
Ray Jones' mother, wife and son Rayden:
(Old Corral collection)
Sitting at the saloon table with their beers are Ray Jones (left) and unidentified player (right). Left to right In the background are Jack Evans, Benny Corbett and Chester Gan. Crop from a still from the Reb Russell oater FIGHTING THROUGH (Willis Kent, 1934).
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from left to right are Marjorie Manners, Archie Ricks, Ray Jones, Buster Crabbe, unidentified man and woman, Frank Hagney, unidentified woman, I. Stanford Jolley (with the six-shooter), and on the far right is an unidentifed player. Still from Crabbe's BLAZING FRONTIER (PRC, 1943). Don't be fooled by the badge on Hagney as he and Stan Jolley are the gang leaders in this Billy the Kid yarn.
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above from left to right are Jack Hendricks (AKA Ray Henderson), Buster Crabbe, Frank Ellis, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Ray Jones and Lorraine Miller in a still from BORDER BADMEN (PRC, 1945).
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from left to right are Leonard Penn and Jim Bannon, and inside the stage are Ray Jones and Black Jack O'Shea. From WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE (Monogram, 1951), which starred Whip Wilson.