Ray Rayner

Ray Rayner (born Raymond M. Rahner; July 23, 1919 – January 21, 2004) was an American television presenter, actor and author, he was the staple of Chicagochildren’s television in the 1960s and 1970s on WGN-TV.

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Ray Rayner with Chelveston and Cuddly Dudley on Ray Rayner and His Friends in 1968
Raymond M. Rahner

(1919-07-23)July 23, 1919

Queens, New York, United States
Died January 21, 2004(2004-01-21) (aged 84)

Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Jeanne Rahner

(m. 1949; died 1995)

Marie Rahner

(m. 1997)

Children 2
Show Rayner Shine
The Ray Rayner Show
The Little Show
Popeye’s Firehouse
Dick Tracy
Ray Rayner and His Friends
Rocket to Adventure
Bozo’s Circus
Station(s) WGGB
WBKB-TV (later WLS-TV)
Country US

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Rayner (the name was initially spelled “Rahner” but pronounced “Rayner”) grew up in Queens, New York. He attended College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts; his first media job was working for WGBB radio in Freeport on Long Island while he was attending night school at Fordham University.[1]

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces, serving as the navigator of a B-17 during World War II, when he was shot down over France on April 3, 1943.[2] During

2+12 years as a POW in Stalag Luft III, he helped prepare the escape depicted in the film The Great Escape—though he was transferred to another camp before the escape took place. It was during his time as a POW that he discovered his talent for entertaining, namely through his fellow prisoners and his German captors. He was interviewed in a documentary titled “Stalag Luft III”, produced by RDR Productions of Glenview, Illinois.[1][3][4]

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