Educated at UC Berkeley.
His brother, Mario DaRe, appeared on "You Bet Your Life" in 1954.
In 1944, at the age of eighteen, Ray entered the Navy, where he served as a Frogman until 1946 and saw action at Okinawa with UDT-17.
He had five brothers and one sister, Gina.
In preparation for his first major role in The Marrying Kind (1952), director George Cukor recommended that he go to ballet school because he walked too much like a football player.
He was active in local politics as a Republican before becoming an actor.
Shortly after leaving Berkeley, Ray settled in Crockett, California with his first wife Shirley Green. They had one child, a daughter named Claire DaRe, and Aldo was even elected the 12th Township Constable of Crockett, a small bedroom community just north of San Francisco.
Ray’s work in Pat and Mike led to his nomination, along with Richard Burton and Robert Wagner, for a Golden Globe as Best Newcomer. Burton won the award that year, but Ray’s career was launched.
marriage to actress Jean Marie "Jeff" Donnell in 1954, a marriage that would only last two years.
In 1955, Ray appeared in one of his best loved films, We`re No Angels, in which he starred with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll, and Joan Bennett.
Ray’s career would culminate with a starring role in God`s Little Acre, an honest adaptation of Erskine Caldwell’s steamy novel. The film featured Robert Ryan, with whom Ray had also worked in Men in War, and a young Tina Louise in her big screen debut. He was also memorable in The Naked and the Dead, a gritty adaptation of Norman Mailer`s novel.
He also married Johanna Bennet, who continues to work today, under the name Johanna Ray, as a respected casting director. They were divorced in 1967. (Johanna, a long time collaborator with David Lynch, cast Eric DaRe, her son with Aldo, in Lynch’s Twin Peaks series, as well as the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.)
Aldo also did two pilots for television in the 1960’s. Although neither was ever picked up, one, an American adaptation of the British comedy Steptoe and Son, was eventually reworked by Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear as a vehicle for Redd Foxx as Sanford and Son.
The name of Brad Pitt`s character Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino`s movie Inglourious Basterds is a tribute to Aldo Ray.
In his last years he remained in Crockett, California with his mother and family and friends, where he died on March 27, 1991 at the age of 64. He was cremated and buried in Crockett, with a majority of the residents coming out to pay their respects
Aldo Ray is still considered Crockett California`s favorite son and the small Crockett Museum still displays his pictures on a wall depicting his life and times.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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