1917 to 2005
January 29, 1917 in Santa Ana
February 20, 2005
Santa Ana, California, United States
John Emmett Raitt (19 January 1917 - 20 February 2005) was a star of the musical theater and stage. Raitt was born in Santa Ana, California. He got his start in theatre as a high school student at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, California. While there, he played in several drama productions in the Plummer Auditorium. Raitt sang in the chorus of "Desert Song." A few years before he died, Raitt once again came back to the Plummer to see a rehearsal, visit students and recollect his beginnings. He is on the school's "Hall of Fame" for his accomplishments.