Ray Middleton was an American actor.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Middleton became noted for being the first actor to play Superman, and appeared in a number of films including Hurricane Smith and Lady for a Night. He gained his widest recognition for stage roles, and appeared in the original production of Annie, Get Your Gun.

In his later career, Middleton made a number of television appearances, including a television film adaptation of Damn Yankees and M*A*S*H.

He passed away in 1984.


Middleton sang in a number of film and stage roles, beginning with originating the part of Washington Irving in Knickerbocker Holiday before his supporting lead as Frank Butler in Annie, Get Your Gun.

Middleton also appeared in the musical film I Dream of Jeanie, which included a number of solos, such as "Oh! Susanna." In 1965 he originated the role of The Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha, who dubs Don Quixote "Knight of the Woeful Countenance."


I Dream of Jeanie (1952)

  • Oh! Susanna (solo)
  • Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (contains solo lines)
  • Nelly Bly (solo)
  • My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night (solo)
  • Ring de Banjo (contains solo lines)
  • Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)(solo)
  • Queen of Mirth (contains solo lines)
  • Oh for Louisiana (solo)


Damn Yankees (1967)

  • Six Months (contains solo lines)
  • Goodbye Old Girl (duet)
  • A Man Doesn't Know (reprise)(duet)


Knickerbocker Holiday (1938)(originated the role)

  • Clackety-Clack (contains solo lines)
  • How Can You Tell an American? (duet)
  • Ballad of the Robbers (solo)
  • There's Nowhere to Go But Up (Reprise)(contains solo lines)

Annie, Get Your Gun (1946)(originated the role)

  • I'm a Bad, Bad Man (solo)
  • The Girl That I Marry (duet)
  • There's No Business Like Show Business
  • They Say It's Wonderful (duet)
  • My Defenses Are Down (contains solo lines)
  • They Say It's Wonderful (Reprise)(duet)
  • The Girl That I Marry (Reprise)(solo)
  • Anything You Can Do (duet)

Love Life (1948)(originated the role)

  • My Name is Samuel Cooper (solo)
  • Here I'll Stay (duet)
  • I Remember It Well (duet)
  • My Kind of Night (solo)
  • I'm Your Man (contains solo lines)
  • I Remember It Well (Reprise)(duet)
  • This Is the Life (solo)

South Pacific (1949)

  • Twin Soliloquies (duet)
  • Some Enchanted Evening (solo)
  • Finale: Act I (solo)
  • This Nearly Was Mine (solo)
  • Finale: Act II (contains solo lines)

Purple Dust (1965)(originated the role)

  • How I Grieve (reprise)(solo)
  • I Saw From the Beach (solo)
  • Come From the Dyin' (duet)

Man of La Mancha (1965)(originated the role)

  • The Dubbing (solo)
  • Knight of the Woeful Countenance (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Ultimo: The Impossible Dream (reprise)


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