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Raymond Edward Johnson

Show Count: 117
Series Count: 13
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: July 24, 1911, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Died: August 15, 2001, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA

Raymond Edward Johnson (July 24, 1911 – August 15, 2001) was an American radio and stage actor best remembered for his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Johnson started out as a bank teller, and later studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. Johnson began his career in Chicago, some of his earliest work including a regular role on Edgar A. Guest's dramatic serial Welcome Valley (1932-1937) as Bill Sutter, and was featured on The National Farm and Home Hour in dramatic sketches as the Forest Ranger (a role also played by Don Ameche).

Chicago to New York

While in Chicago, Johnson began working with writer/director Arch Oboler, with roles on his Lights Out series. When both Oboler and Johnson relocated to New York City, the actor was featured in many episodes of Arch Oboler's Plays, notably as the title role in "The Ugliest Man in the World" (repeated five times) and as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in "This Lonely Heart" both from 1939.

Inner Sanctum

While in New York, Johnson landed his most famous role when Himan Brown hired him for Inner Sanctum. From the first broadcast in 1941, Johnson was heard as the series host/narrator, introducing himself as "Your host, Raymond." The "Raymond" character became known for his chilling introductions and morbid puns, and his typical closing, an elongated and ironic "Pleasant dreaaaams, hmmmmmmm?" Johnson departed the series in 1945, when he joined the Army; although replaced for the remainder of the run by Paul McGrath as host, Johnson took the "Raymond" name with him. Johnson later hosted the radio version of the science fiction series Tales of Tomorrow.

Soap operas

In both New York and Chicago, he was a staple on many soap operas, playing romantic leads on the radio version of The Guiding Light (as enigmatic stranger Ellis Smith), 1943'sBrave Tomorrow (as Hal Lambert), Kate Hopkins, Angel of Mercy (as Robert Atwood) and Valiant Lady (as Paul Morrison). His sister, Dora Johnson Remington, was also a soap staple, playing Evey on Ma Perkins.

A prolific performer, Johnson was also heard as Mr. District Attorney in 1939, Roger Kilgore, Public Defender, Calling All Cars, and starred in radio adaptations of the comic stripsDon Winslow of the Navy and Mandrake the Magician. Still other radio dramas included appearances on such diverse anthologies as Cavalcade of America, Gangbusters,Dimension X (and its sequel X Minus One), the wartime series Words at War, Famous Jury Trials and Cloak and Dagger.


On stage, Johnson starred as Thomas Jefferson in Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play The Patriots, in 1943. His few on-camera appearances included the role of Alexander Graham Bell in the 1947 film Mr. Bell. Stricken with multiple sclerosis from his forties onward, limiting his activities in later years, Johnson was still a frequent presence at old time radioconventions, performing in recreations and reprising "Raymond", often from a portable bed or wheelchair. He died not long after his 90th birthday.

Source: Wikipedia

Crime ClubCrime Club
Show Count: 31
Broadcast History: 2 December 1946 to 16 October 1947
Cast: Barry Thomson
Director: Roger Bower
Producer: Roger Bower
Host: Barry Thomson, Raymond Edward Johnson
30-minute murder mystery stories adapted for radio by Stedman Coles or Wyllis Cooper from based on and featuring some of the stories from the Doubleday Crime Club books.
Famous Jury TrialsFamous Jury Trials
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 5 January 1936 to 20 December 1937, 2 November 1938 to 8 March 1939, and 11 November 1940 to 25 June 1949
Cast: Maurice Franklin , Roger DeKoven, DeWitt McBride, Raymond Edward Johnson, Frank Readick, Mandel Kramer
Director: Carl Eastman, Clark Andrews
Producer: Don Becker, Don Foster
Treasury AgentTreasury Agent
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: April 1947 to 1948 and 1954 to 1956
Cast: Lawson Zerbe, Raymond Edward Johnson, Larry Haines, Ralph Bell
Producer: Phillips H. Lord
Broadcast: 19th January 1942
Added: Feb 13 2011
Broadcast: 5th August 1943
Added: Aug 06 2005
Broadcast: 11th February 1962
Added: Feb 22 2010
Broadcast: 12th August 1943
Added: Aug 13 2005
Broadcast: July 1, 1948
Added: Nov 15 2014
Broadcast: 19th March 1953
Added: Aug 05 2011
Broadcast: 11th March 1962
Added: Apr 26 2012
Broadcast: 3rd December 1961
Added: Dec 02 2011
Broadcast: 12th March 1953
Added: Aug 04 2011
Broadcast: April 2, 1953
Added: Mar 23 2015
Broadcast: 26th March 1953
Added: Aug 06 2011
Broadcast: 12th August 1962
Added: Feb 24 2011
Broadcast: 2nd May 1948
Added: Sep 06 2012
Broadcast: 24th January 1960
Added: Jan 26 2012
Broadcast: September 19, 1948
Added: Apr 06 2020