W. Ray Johnston

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William Ray Johnston
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Born
William Ray Johnston

January 2, 1892
DiedOctober 14, 1966 (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1924-1935 (film)

W. Ray Johnston (January 2, 1892 – October 14, 1966) was an American film producer. [1] He was associated with low-budget filmmaking, in particular with the larger Poverty Row studios Rayart Pictures and Monogram Pictures. [2] Before founding Rayart in 1924, he also acted in a handful of films.

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  1. "JOHNSTON, William Ray". www.thanhouser.org. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. Pitts p.131

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