Ray Jackson Photo Gallery


Ray Jackson


1931 – 1989

This is a tribute to a man who was a brilliant young actor and one of the kindest people in the world.

When one is young you never think about sickness or dying, so when it happens it is devastating to the partner who is left.

RAY JACKSON was my soul mate, my life time lover, my partner and most of all my friend we were together for just 40 yrs.  But as they say “The Good Die Young” and the price of great love, brings great misery when one of you dies, and to this very day I am still lost without him.


Child actor, 1941

Child star, 1943


Ray with Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier in the Old Vic Production of “Oedipus Rex” at the New Theatre  in 1945.

Ray and his Grandma “Dora” at the seaside

At home in the garden in 14 Shubert Road, Putney.


Ray at Sir Geofrey Faber’s House in Russell Square


Sir Geoffrey Faber (1889 – 1961),  was Ray’s mentor. He was the chairman of Faber and Faber the Publishers, from 1929 until his retirement in 1960.
He became a prominent figure in the world of publishing and as President of the Publishers’ Association fought a successful campaign in 1940 to prevent taxation on books. Books were made exempt as they still are. He was knighted in 1954. 

Ray 1948 in Russell Square.

Ray’s first glass of sherry at Russell Square.


The young actor

Ray in Paris circa 1950

Under The Frozen Falls (1949)

Ray in the original BBC version of The Final Test, a part specially written for him by Terence Rattigan (1951)

The part was specially written for him by Terence Rattigan also for the film.

Ray with Jack Warner in film version of The Final Test (1953)

With Roy Boulting on the set of Seagulls Over Sorrento (1954)

On location for Seagulls Over Sorrento (1954)

The title was changed for America to “The Crest of the Wave”


These are a series of stills that were taken of Ray in “Those Dangerous Years” that was produced by Anna Neagle and directed by Herbert Wilcox.


With Frankie Vaughan in Those Dangerous Years (1957)




All these stills were taken in 1957


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RAY in “DUNKIRK” 1958

A portrait of Ray by Vivian

Ray (left) with Richard Todd in Yangtse Incident (1957)


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Ray in “Yangtse Incident”

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Ray and Eric 1958

Ray in New York 1960


Ray onstage at the Casino de Paris 1960


Ray and Eric in San Francisco 1960



Ray with Rhoda Rogers and Eric. early 60’s

Ray and Eric in Cannes

Ray and Eric at Walton Hall Xmas 1976


Eric and Ray at Nicolas’ Party 1981


Ray at Evie Taylors Party in Miami in 1982


Ray In Las Vegas, 1983

Ray with Suki in Las vegas

Ray with the Rudolph Valentino Shirt which he bought at auction at Cristies


This is the Rudolph Valentino Shirt after it had been framed.

Ray in Los Angeles, 1985. Portait by Stuart Baron

   In Spain, 1988


This card Ray gave me when we opened at the Sheraton Bal Harbour, Miami  1982-83


Ray and Angie


Ray and Angie in our flat in Barons Keep 1960’s

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15 responses to “Ray Jackson Photo Gallery


    May 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm


  2. Mikey

    July 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

    What a beautiful boy he was! I’m so happy that both of you shared a lifelong love.

  3. steve londino ex 'and co'

    July 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    such a lovely man. always so kind and so funny. i sure miss friends like that.

  4. ubalooba

    July 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I remember him being a funny kind gentleman with great patience.Well loved.

  5. MoonWink

    December 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hi Eric, I have just stumbled upon your affectionate and very moving tribute to Ray and would like to express my sadness that he is no longer with us. Ray and I worked together in ‘Under the Frozen Falls’ and you and I met on many occasions during the Heaven and Hell glory days. At that time I was known as Peter Scott, reverting later (thanks to American Actors Equity) to my birth name of Peter Scott-Smith. Online I use my blogging pseudonym ‘MoonWink’. I wish you happiness and good health over the Christmas season and remember you and Ray with great fondness.

  6. jackiepoole9

    September 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Dear Eric

    I went to the British Film Institute the other weekend for a film festival and happened on their library. I asked the librarian to see if there were any cuttings about Ray and yourself. There were! and a google search led me to your wonderful, informative and magical blog.

    My name is Denise and I am the eldest daughter of Jackie Poole nee Lockheart, who was Rays cousin. Rays Mother Quennie was her Aunt and my Great Aunt.

    Over the years I have heard snippets from my family about you and Ray. It seems very sad that I did not have the privilege of meeting him. I am sitting with my mother Jackie as I write, and we are fascinated by your blog and the amazing life you have led. We do hope your recent hip operation is a success.

    With kindest regards

    Denise & Jackie

  7. Chris

    January 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    40 years of something beautiful. 40 years to remember. A lot of people would envy you that.

    As a lover of London, and of old British films, your casually encountered blog is just a brilliant thing to me. Thank you.


  8. Kevin Norton

    February 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Hi, Ray was my Granddad’s (Douglas Norton) cousin once removed. My great Grandfather (Sydney Norton) was the younger brother of Dora, One Ray’s Grandmothers I believe. Is the photo of Ray and his grandmother one of Dora?

  9. Jenelle Servan

    June 17, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Howdy! This article could not be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I will send this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!|

  10. Shirley ( The McLean Sisters)

    August 31, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yes, I remember Ray as charming, devoted, always busy , always smiling!

  11. paul burton

    October 8, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I first met the lovely Ray with you at April and Desmond’s Restaurant in I think 1973. I have such marvellous memories of that time. Eric you had a Yellow Rolls Royce. Do you remember when you and I went to see Larry Grayson at the Palladium. Noel Gordon was also on the bill.

    Ray was as you said the sweetest and kindest soul. Eric I send you love and best wishes.


  12. Shalonda Allemand

    October 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I quite like looking through a post that will make people think. Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

  13. Rhonda

    October 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I’m just watching “The Final Test”. I was curious about this young man and there’s not much on the usual sites. I’m so glad you had your time together and sorry he was taken so early, my age next year. We are nothing without our dreams and memories. My very best to you x

  14. Alex

    September 25, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Whilst researching family history in my local library I came upon an article about his disappearance that intriqued me from 1955 can you throw any light on this.
    Having read your story of your life together you both sound like you had an interesting and fulfilled life together. I must try and find some of his films as up till now I wasn’t aware of him as I was only 5yrs old at time of article.


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