Steven Geray (Istvan Gyergyay)

Steven Geray

He was born in Ungvár, Austria-Hungary (now called Uzhgorod, Ukraine) and educated at the University of Budapest. He made his first stage appearance at the Hungarian National Theater under his real name and after nearly four years he made his London Stage debut (as Steven Geray) in 1934, appearing in Happy Week-End! and began appearing in English-speaking films in 1935 and moved to Hollywood in 1941. He appeared alongside his wife Magda Kun in the 1935 film Dance Band. Steven Geray was cast as the lead in a low-budget film noir So Dark the Night (1946). Even with its limited budget, it received great critical reviews and enabled its director Joseph H. Lewis to later direct A-pictures. Geray continued to work on television and in films into the 1960s. Among them a guest appearance on Perry Mason in 1962 as extortionist and murder victim Franz Moray in “The Case of the Stand-in Sister,” three episodes of “The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show” as french dress designer Gaston Broussard in 1956, including the over the top “A Paris Creation” and various doctor rolls on “The Danny Thomas Show.” Steven Geray spent some time in the late-1960s in Estes Park, Colorado, where he directed local theater (The Fantasticks). He owned and ran a bar in Estes Park from 1969 to 1970.

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Born

  • November, 10, 1904
  • Uzhgorod, Ukraine

Died

  • December, 26, 1973
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

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