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Ray Whitley was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Whitley began his acting career appearing in various films, such as the George "Gabby" Hayes western "Hopalong Cassidy Returns" (1936), "Where the West Begins" (1938) and "The Renegade Ranger" (1939). He also appeared in "Wagon Train" (1940). He kept working in film throughout the forties, starring in "Six-Gun Gold" (1941), the western "Riders of the Santa Fe" (1944) with Rod Cameron and "The Old Texas Trail" (1944). He also appeared in the Rod Cameron western "Renegades of the Rio Grande" (1945). Whitley's music was also featured in the Candy Clark comedy sequel "More American Graffiti" (1979) and the dramatic comedy "Some Kind of Hero" (1982) with Richard Pryor. Whitley's music was most recently featured in the Tom Hanks smash hit comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993). In addition to his music, Whitley also appeared on-screen in the Elizabeth Taylor dramatic adaptation "Giant" (1956). Whitley passed away in February 1979 at the age of 78.
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