|Intro||American actor and stage producer|
|Was||Actor Screenwriter Stage actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||22 October 1865, Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA|
|Death||24 November 1929, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 64 years)|
Raymond Hitchcock (October 22, 1865 – November 24, 1929) was an American silent film actor, stage actor, and stage producer, who appeared in, or produced 30 plays on Broadway from 1898 to 1928, and who appeared in the silent films of the 1920s.
He appeared first as a star in the character of Abijah Booze in The Yankee Consul, and sang It Was Not Like This in the Olden Time. In his stage career, Hitchcock went back and forth between dramatic roles and ones in comic opera. In 1905 he appeared on Broadway with John Bunny in Easy Dawson, the two apparently playing firemen. Hitchcock also made several phonograph recordings, many of which survive.
In 1907, Hitchcock was charged with the sexual abuse of two adolescent girls together with New York magnate William A. Chanler. As Hitchcock's trial progressed, it was revealed that the charges of sexual abuse were fabricated as part of a blackmail scheme. Hitchcock was acquitted by a jury on June 11, 1908, after spending almost nine months in prison.
In 1925, Hitchcock appeared in a test film made by Lee DeForest in DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process, in which Hitchcock performed a sketch from his revue Hitchy-Koo, which was originally produced on Broadway in 1917, 1918, 1919, and 1920. Cole Porter wrote the music for the 1919 version. Raymond Hitchcock also figured prominently in John Ford's Upstream (1927).
He died on November 24, 1929.
Hitchcock was married to Freda Bowen from 1891 to 1903, and then was married to actress Flora Zabelle (1880-1968) from 1905 to his death in 1929. Hitchcock and Zabelle had no children. In one of her few movie roles, Zabelle appeared in the silent film The Red Widow (1916) opposite male lead John Barrymore. Barrymore's role had been played by Hitchcock in the 1911 Broadway production of The Red Widow. According to the Daily Register Gazette, Hitchcock was cremated with plans to return his ashes to Canandaigua, New York for burial there in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery.
- The Ringtailed Rhinoceros (1915)
- My Valet (1915)
- A Village Scandal (1915)
- The Red Widow (1916)
- Upstream (1927)
- The Monkey Talks (1927)