Fred Olen Ray

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Fred Olen Ray
BornFred Olen Ray
(1954-09-10) September 10, 1954 (age 58)
Wellston, Ohio
Other namesBill Carson
Dr. S. Carver
Roger Collins
Peter Daniels
Nicholas Medina
Nick Medina
Sam Newfield
Fred Ray
Ed Raymond
Randy Rocket
Sherman Scott
Peter Stewart
Freddie Valentine
Freddy Valentine
OccupationDirector
Producer
Writer
Actor
Cinematographer
Years active1971–present
SpouseDawn Wildsmith
Kimberly A. Ray (1997–present)
 
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Fred Olen Ray
BornFred Olen Ray
(1954-09-10) September 10, 1954 (age 58)
Wellston, Ohio
Other namesBill Carson
Dr. S. Carver
Roger Collins
Peter Daniels
Nicholas Medina
Nick Medina
Sam Newfield
Fred Ray
Ed Raymond
Randy Rocket
Sherman Scott
Peter Stewart
Freddie Valentine
Freddy Valentine
OccupationDirector
Producer
Writer
Actor
Cinematographer
Years active1971–present
SpouseDawn Wildsmith
Kimberly A. Ray (1997–present)

Fred Olen Ray (born September 10, 1954) is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and cinematographer.

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Biography

He is the producer, director, and screenwriter of low to medium-budget feature films in many genres, including horror, science fiction, action/adventure, softcore sex films and crime dramas. He has also produced a few feature films for a family audience.

In his craft he has used many pseudonyms. They are listed in the box on the right.

Aside from the film industry, Fred Olen Ray is also a professional wrestler. His wrestling name is Fabulous Freddie Valentine. He is currently married to Kimberly A. Ray who helps produce many of his films.

Film career

Ray was born in Ohio, but grew up in Florida. He claims to have a large family tree and be distantly related to Queen Elizabeth. He began directing and producing films in 1978. Ray directed several films in Florida, including Alien Dead with film legend Buster Crabbe, then moved to Southern California to be close to the film industry.

Many of his early productions appeared at drive-in theaters and inner-city grindhouses, when those outlets for low budget films were still significant. Some of Ray's productions have received theatrical releases. Most of his current output, however, is released directly to DVD or appears on cable television channels such as Showtime, Cinemax, and HBO. Ray has directed over 100 films and is still going strong.

Ray is the head of Retromedia, which releases DVDs of both his own productions and archival films. He has also worked for other well-known independent studios and on a few occasions for major Hollywood studios.

Ray has written The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers as Distributors in 1991.[1]

Filmography

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