Richard Ney

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Richard Ney
Born Richard Maximilian Ney
(1916-11-12)November 12, 1916
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 18, 2004(2004-07-18) (aged 87)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actor, investment counselor
Years active 1942–1967
Spouse(s) Marjorie Simons
(m. 1937; div. 1939)

Greer Garson
(m. 1943; div. 1947)

Pauline McMartin
(m. 1949; div. 1970)

Mei Lee
(m. 1987; his death 2004)

Richard Maximilian Ney (November 12, 1916 – July 18, 2004) was an American actor and investment counselor.

Life and career[edit]

Ney was born in New York City, the son of Erwin Maximilian Ney (1893-1968), an insurance salesman, and Charlotte Marie Donaldson (born 1895), who served in World War I as yeoman, first class, USNRF.[1] Later she was a stenographer[2] and a secretary at a lumberyard.[3]

His parents' marriage ended in divorce, and his father later married a woman named Nellie [4] and then Rebie Margaret Flood, who was a daughter of the Rev. Theodore L. Flood, editor of The Chautauquan, and Ruth Crosley Pardington, daughter of Arthur Rayner Pardington, of Lincoln Highway fame.

A graduate in economics from Columbia University, Ney is best remembered for his role in the Oscar-winning World War II film Mrs. Miniver (1942), and for his short-lived (1943–1947) marriage to his co-star Greer Garson, who played his mother in the film. He also appeared in Ivy (1947) and The Fan (1949). He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Ney's one Broadway venture was the 1958 musical Portofino, which he produced and for which he wrote the book and lyrics. It closed after three performances.

Ney performed mostly in television with occasional film roles until the mid-1960s. In "The Hunt" (January 27, 1962) of the NBC western television series, The Tall Man, Ney plays the wealthy Edward Van Doren, who hires Billy the Kid (Clu Gulager) to guide him into the wilderness to kill a mountain lion. However, Van Doren's real target is Billy himself. This episode also presents details about the Colt Model 1877 .41 caliber gun used by Billy the Kid.[5]

Investment career[edit]

By the middle 1960s, Ney had successfully transitioned himself into a career as an investment counselor. Initially he joined a Beverly Hills stockbroking firm, prior to launching a newsletter, The Ney Report, which had among its subscribers, J. Paul Getty. Ney wrote three highly critical books about Wall Street, asserting that the market was manipulated by market makers to the detriment of the average investor. The first of these, The Wall Street Jungle, was a New York Times bestseller in 1970. The second and third were The Wall Street Gang and Making It in the Market. Ney was credited with saying, "Hidden behind the facade of pompous jargon and noble affections, there is more sheer larceny per square foot on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange than any place else in the world." [6] Ney argued in his books that stock prices were manipulated and controlled by the specialists who work on the floor of the stock exchange.

Personal life[edit]

Ney was married four times, his wives being:

  • Marjorie Simons, who was a substitute art teacher in his high school.[7] The couple married in New York City in 1937 and divorced in Reno, Nevada, in 1939.[8][9]
  • Greer Garson (1904-1996), married 24 July 1943, though the couple previously stated that the wedding would not take place until after the war ended.[10] Ney and Garson divorced on 25 September 1947,[11] the actress claiming that her husband was "morose and critical of her acting."[12]
  • Pauline Sears McMartin (1901-1986), a former wife of Canadian millionaire Duncan J.R. McMartin Sr and a daughter of Colonel Douglas Settle, U.S. Army. They married on 16 June 1949[13] and divorced in 1970.[14] She later married Clarence Dunbar. By this marriage Ney had one stepchild, Marcia McMartin Illing.
  • Mei Lee, married 1987. She was a vice president of his investment firm.


Ney was living in Pasadena, California, when he died of heart disease while out in his yard, pursuing his hobby of gardening.[6]



  • The Wall Street Jungle (1970)
  • The Wall Street Gang (1974)
  • Making It in the Market: Richard Ney's Low-Risk System for Stock Market Investors (1975)


  1. ^ New York Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919, accessed on on 18 February 2017
  2. ^ 1925 New York Census, accessed on on 18 February 2017
  3. ^ 1930 United States Census, accessed on on 18 February 2017
  4. ^ 1925 New York Census, accessed on on 18 February 2017
  5. ^ ""The Hunt", January 27, 1962". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Richard Ney Dies; Actor, Investment Adviser". Washington Post. July 22, 2004. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  7. ^ "Richard Ney Dies", The Washington Post, 22 July 2004, page B05
  8. ^ "Decrees Granted: Marjorie Simons Ney and Richard Maximillian Ney", Reno Gazette-Journal, 15 August 1939
  9. ^ "Screen Star and Navy Officer to Marry", The New York Times, 5 November 1943
  10. ^ "Garson-Ney Wedding Postponed", The New York Times, 20 November 1942
  11. ^ "Sobbing Greer Garson Rushes from Courtroom Just Before Winning Divorce from Actor Ney", San Bernadino County Sun, 26 September 1947
  12. ^ "Actor Ney to Marry Mrs. McMartin", San Bernardino Sun, 14 June 1949, page 1
  13. ^ "Richard Ney Wed in San Diego", San Mateo Times and Daily News Leader, 17 June 1949
  14. ^ California Marriage and Divorce Records, accessed on on 18 February 2017

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