1930 to 1950
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Raymond Earl Middleton, Jr. (February 8, 1907 - April 10, 1984) , known and billed as Ray Middleton, was an American character actor. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Middleton was the first actor to play Superman in public, which he did at the 1939 World's Fair. During the early 1940s, he appeared in the movies Gangs of Chicago, the original Hurricane Smith (playing the title role), and Lady for a Night, which starred Joan Blondell and John Wayne. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, appearing in the Air Forces show Winged Victory.