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He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In the 1960s he hosted a teen radio show and was in his own TV series of that time, Skipper and Company in St. John's, Newfoundland, which ran on the CBC's Newfoundland affiliate from 1974 to 1982. It was on that show that Leslie Lake (now Leslie Lake Searle) was a featured singer. Throughout the 1960s, Bellew was in the Canadian series Last of the Mohicans with Lon Chaney Jr, as well as Razzle Dazzle, featuring puppet Howard the Turtle. He was also in The Forest Rangers, Gordon Pinsent's Quentin Durgens, M.P., Cannonball, CBC TV Theatre, On Camera, Folio and Star Time Theatre, to name a few. He was in CBC Toronto's production of Macbeth with Sean Connery, before the actor was to star in his first James Bond film.
In the late 1990s, he was the live personification of P.J. Billington, of the P.J. Billington's restaurants, making public appearances, voicing radio commercials & TV commercials.
Prior to his death, he was married to Rose and had two daughters, Kelli and Lauren, a son, Sean, and two grandchildren. He also has a son, Mark, and a daughter, Kim, from his first marriage to Brenda and has 4 other grandchildren and a great grandchild. Ray also has a son, Chris, and another daughter, Robin, also from his first marriage to Brenda. His younger sister and only sibling, Claudette, died in January 2012.
- IMDb entry for Bellew
- IMDb has a second entry under 'Raymond'
- CBC article regarding court case
- Ray Bellew's obituary at CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
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