John Raitt
Date of Birth
Jan 10, 1917
Birth Place:
Santa Ana, CA


Trained as an opera singer, John Raitt signed an MGM stock player contract in 1940, appearing in a series of unmemorable bit roles. He rose to stardom in the mid-'40s as Curley in the touring company of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Broadway smash Oklahoma. This led to his being cast in his most famous stage role, reckless carnival barker Billy Bigelow in the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Carousel...