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Ray (2004)

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Coming Out at 29 October 2004 in theaters

Biography, Drama, Music

Ray is biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced, and directed by Taylor Hackford, and stars Jamie Foxx in the title role. It received critical acclaim and was a box office success. Foxx received an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics’ Choice awards, becoming the second actor to win all five major lead actor awards for the same performance, and the only one to win the Golden Globe in the Musical or Comedy (rather than the Drama) category.

Charles was set to attend an opening of the completed film, but died of liver disease in June 2004, months prior to the premiere.

Raised on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles Robinson went blind at the age of seven, shortly after witnessing his younger brother drown. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the chitlin circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation before exploding onto the worldwide stage when he pioneered the incorporation of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style.

Director: Taylor Hackford

Writers: Taylor Hackford, James L. White

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine

Cast:

Jamie FoxxRay Charles
Kerry WashingtonDella Bea Robinson
Regina KingMargie Hendricks
Clifton PowellJeff Brown
Harry LennixJoe Adams
Bokeem WoodbineFathead Newman
Aunjanue EllisMary Ann Fisher
Sharon WarrenAretha Robinson
C.J. SandersYoung Ray Robinson
Curtis ArmstrongAhmet Ertegun
Richard SchiffJerry Wexler
Larenz TateQuincy Jones
Terrence HowardGossie McGee
David KrumholtzMilt Shaw
Wendell PierceWilbur Brassfield
Chris Thomas KingLowell Fulson
Thomas Jefferson ByrdJimmy
Rick GomezTom Dowd
Denise DowseMarlene
Warwick DavisOberon
Patrick BauchauDr. Hacker
Robert WisdomJack Lauderdale
Kurt FullerSam Clark
Julian BondSelf
Kimberly J. ArdisonEthel McRae
Renee WilsonPat Lyle
Willie MetcalfMr. Pitt
Mike PniewskiBus Driver
Terrone BellYoung George Robinson
Richard A. SmithTil
Gary GrubbsBilly Ray
Carol SuttonEula
Bill BreauxCop #1
Alex VanCop #2
Roland Bob HarrisJesse Stone
Tom ClarkAlan Freed
Afemo OmilamiAngry Husband
Elizabeth OmilamiAngry Wife
Vernel BagnerisDancin’ Al
Fahnlohnee R. HarrisTrudy Daniels
Michael Travis StoneRobert
Eric O’Neal Jr.Ray Charles Jr. – 5-6 Yrs.
Tequan RichmondRay Charles Jr. – 9-10 Yrs.
Matthew BenjaminMusician in Billy Ray’s
John SwaseyCustoms Agent #1
James HustonCustoms Agent #2
Marc LynnDownbeat Reporter
Kyle Scott JacksonKing Bee
J. Todd SmithStudent Reporter
Rutherford CravensWhite Promoter
Darnell RheaFast Girl
Jedda JonesMercedes
Jeff GalpinCop #3
Michael ArataCop #4
Estella DensonLady in Rain
Johnny O’NeillArt Tatum Piano Interpretations
Jamil SharifRay’s Band – 1st Trumpet
Edward AndersonRay’s Band – 2nd Trumpet
Alonzo BowensRay’s Band – Alto Saxophone
Clarence JohnsonRay’s Band – Baritone Saxophone
Edwin LivingstonRay’s Band – Bass
Herman LeBeauxRay’s Band – Drums
Raymond WebberLowell Fulson’s Band – Drums
Joey AlonzoReporter
Joseph ButtlerStudio Engineer
Ray Charles(archive footage)
Carrie DanielFeatured Dancer
James J. DuhonProtester
Tobi GadisonPaul
Larry Gamell Jr.Bouncer
Carlos GonzalezSound Booth Tech
Rusty GregoirePassenger
Justin GroetschFan
Gene Kevin Hames Jr.Legislator
Trae IrelandNeighbor
Summer LeAnnBeach Dancer
Benee LeavyViolinist for ‘Georgia On My Mind’
Chris LoveJazz musician
Murphy MartinFan
Jonathan McIntoshReporter
Darlene MooreAirline Stewardess
Paula Jai ParkerRuth Brown
Karen PritchettConcert Go’er
Ben PronskySouthern Marine
Carlos RiveroCustom Agent
Sonny ShroyerGov. Jimmie Davis
Curt SobelConductor
Thomas SobelSam Clark’s Assistant
Clif St. LaurentProtestor
Avery WhiteBar Owner
Travis WillinghamNorthern Marine
Don YessoState Policeman

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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