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Ted Ray

Ted Ray (21 November 1905 – 8 November 1977) was a popular English comedian of the 1940s, '50s and '60s.Ray was born Charlie Olden in Wigan, Lancashire, England. His parents moved to Liverpool within days of his birth, and Liverpudlians regard him as a local. As a comedian of the 1940s and '50s he demonstrated his ad-libbing skills in his weekly radio show Ray's A Laugh from 1949 until 1961.A music hall comedian, Ray usually played violin badly as part of his act. He also played comedy roles in several British films—notably as the headmaster in Carry On Teacher. He is best remembered for the Sunday lunchtime radio show Ray's a Laugh, a domestic comedy in which Kitty Bluett played his wife. Other actors and actresses who featured on the show included Peter Sellers, Fred Yule, Patricia Hayes, Kenneth Connor, Pat Coombs and Graham Stark; Sellers' earliest appearances predated The Goon Show by a couple of years. In 1940 and 1950 Ray was King Rat of the Grand Order of Water Rats.Ray was an accomplished golfer, frequently playing with professional sportsmen. Later in his career he appeared with Jimmy Edwards, Arthur Askey and Cyril Fletcher in the comedy radio panel game Does the Team Think?Ted Ray appeared on television reading on Jackanory (a children's programme) in the 1960s and '70s. For several years, he presented a radio show on BBC Radio 2 in the early 1970s. He was also involved in Jokers Wild, an ITV celebrity comedy game show (1971–74) which was chaired by Barry Cryer. Arthur Askey was another regular on the show.He married showgirl Dorothy (née Sibil) and the couple had two sons: Robin Ray, a well-known television personality in the 1960s and '70s, who initiated Call My Bluff and specialist classical music shows, and Andrew Ray, a child star of the 1950s who had a long career on stage, film and television.He was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions, in October 1955 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre, and in February 1975, when Andrews surprised him on the doorstep of his Southgate home.In 1977 he did a half hour interview, talking about his life. This was repeated on Radio 4 Extra's "It's a Funny Business" series (3 Nov 2013).

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