Actor Ray Aranha

Ray Aranha (May 1, 1939 – October 9, 2011) was an American actor, playwright, and stage director.


Born in Miami, Florida, Aranha appeared in and written numerous stage productions. In 1974, he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Playwright for My Sister, My Sister. Aranha also wrote and toured in a one-man show, I Am Black, and later appeared as “Jim Bono” in Fences.

In addition to stage work, Aranha appeared in various film and television roles. In 1990, he co-starred in the short-lived ABC series Married People. After the series was canceled in 1991, he appeared in yet another short-lived series The Heights in 1992. Aranha has since had roles in Are You Afraid of the Dark?, New York Undercover, and Law & Order, and has roles in Dead Man Walking (1995), Deconstructing Harry (1997), and Maid in Manhattan (2002).


On October 9, 2011, Aranha died at the age of 72 from a stroke.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 A Stranger Is Watching Cop in Bathroom
1987 Five Corners Arthur
1990 to 1991 Married People Nick Williams 18 episodes
1991 City of Hope Errol
1992 The Heights Mr. Mike 12 episodes
1994 Drop Squad Bruford Jamison, Sr
1993 American Playhouse Reverend Foy Episode: “Hallelujah”
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Victor Episode: “POWER: The Eddie Matos Story”
1994 to 1997 New York Undercover Jamell Johnson
Mel Dunston
2 episodes
1994 to 1999 Law & Order Dr. Henry “Papa Doc” Doirnell
2 episodes
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Cap Anderson Episode: “The Tale of Train Magic”
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Janitor Credited as Ray Arahna
1995 Dead Man Walking Luis Montoya
1995 to 1997 As the World Turns Sparky Wells 2 episodes
1996 City Hall James Bone
1996 Box of Moon Light Soapy
1996 Twisted Can Man
1997 Deconstructing Harry Professor Aranha
1997 The Kid Cappy Dover
1998 Cosby James Episode: “Chemistry”
2000 Third Watch Barnett Freeman Episode: “Journey to the Himalayas”
2001 Ed Harry Lockemather 2 episodes
2001 Good Advice Man in Central Park
2002 Maid in Manhattan Bus driver
2003 Shortcut to Happiness Mailman (final film role)

External Links

Actor Ray Aranha – Wikipedia

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