December 2, 1949 |
Texas City, Texas
Ron Raines (born December 2, 1949, Texas City, Texas) is an American actor. He is known for the role of Alan Spaulding on the long-running television soap opera Guiding Light. Raines also performs in musical theatre and in concert with symphony orchestras.
He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, graduated from Oklahoma City University and later attended Juilliard. He decided to pursue a career in performing after he finished Juilliard.
Raines joined Guiding Light in 1994 in his first television role. He is the third actor to play the part of the sinister, nefarious Alan Spaulding, a role which has earned him three Emmy nominations. He remained on Guiding Light through its cancellation in 2009.
He made his debut at New York City Opera as "Danilo" in The Merry Widow. Subsequently he has appeared in Naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, The Gypsy Princess, The Desert Song, The New Moon and Die Fledermaus.
Raines appeared on Broadway in the 1983 Broadway revival of Show Boat (as "Ravenal"); the 1987 Broadway production of Teddy & Alice and as "Billy Flynn" in the long-running revival of Chicago in 2002.
He has also appeared in productions of South Pacific, Annie, Kiss Me, Kate, Can-Can, The King and I, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music, Kismet and Man of La Mancha. He played the role of Johnny Brown in the Debbie Reynolds US tour of The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 1990.
In 1994, he was offered a part in the national touring production of The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond on the same day he was offered the role of Alan Spaulding on Guiding Light. He decided to take the TV role.
He appeared in the Kennedy Center production of Follies from May 7, 2011 through June 19, 2011, as Ben Stone, with Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein and Elaine Paige. He had played this role previously in the 1988 Michigan Opera production (with Juliet Prowse and Nancy Dussault). He reprised his role in the Broadway engagement at the Marquis Theatre from August 7, 2011 (in previews) through January 22, 2012. Raines continued with this production in the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California engagement, from May 3, 2012 through June 9, 2012. Raines received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for this role.
Concerts and recordings
As a concert performer, Raines has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Utah, Dallas, Minnesota, Omaha, Pittsburgh (with Marvin Hamlisch), Philadelphia Pops (with Peter Nero), San Diego, San Francisco, Tulsa and Washington D.C.. He also appeared with the Boston Pops (with John Williams and Keith Lockhart).
He has performed with BBC Concert Orchestra in London, the Royal Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israeli Philharmonic. Ron has had the honor of singing for two former First Ladies: Nancy Reagan's White House luncheon for the Senate wives and Lady Bird Johnson's National Wildlife Federation gala in Austin, Texas.
Raines has appeared in several PBS Great Performances specials and has recorded two solo albums: So In Love With Broadway (2004) and Broadway Passion, along with several musicals including Man of La Mancha and Pajama Game on the Jay Records album label.
Ron and his wife Dona have a daughter, Charlotte.
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- Jones, Kenneth. "'Once', 'Clybourne Park', 'Porgy and Bess', Audra McDonald, 'Salesman' Win Tony Awards" Playbill.com, June 10, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "'Follies' Star Ron Raines Will Join Cast of Broadway's 'Newsies'" Playbill.com, September 28, 2012
- "'So in Love With Broadway' Listing" allmusic.com, accessed June 22, 2011
- "Raines Biography" jayrecords.com, accessed June 22, 2011
- Ron Raines at the Internet Movie Database
- Internet Broadway Database listing
- CBS Daytime Bio
- Ron Raines Online