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Ray Teal
Ray Teal on Bonanza
Ray Teal as Sheriff Royal "Roy" Coffee on the NBC-TV series "Bonanza".
Biographical information
Full Name: See below:
Birthname Raymond Teal
Occupation: Actor
Years active:
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian / American
Born: (1902-01-12)January 12, 1902
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Died: April 2, 1976(1976-04-02) (aged 74)
Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Series: Bonanza
No. of appearances: 98 in series, recurring
First Appeared in: "Showdown" (Season 2)
Last Episode Appearance: "One Ace Too Many" (Season 13 finale)
Character played: Sheriff Roy Coffee

Ray Teal (born January 12, 1902-died April 2, 1976) played the recurring role of Sheriff Roy Coffee on Bonanza from Season 2 to Season 13 of the series, appearing in a total of 98 episodes. He appeared in more than 250 films and some 90 television programs in his 37-year career. His longest-running role was as Sheriff Roy Coffee on Bonanza (1960–1972). He also played a sheriff in the film Ace in the Hole (1951).

Early life[]

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ray a saxophone player,[1] had worked his way through UCLA as a bandleader before deciding to become an actor.


His first Hollywood acting role of note was in a recurring role as a police officer in the 1953–1955 ABC-TV sitcom series with a variety show theme, Where's Raymond?, which was later renamed The Ray Bolger Show. Series star Ray Bolger played Raymond Wallace, a song-and-dance man who was repeatedly barely on time for his performances. Others on the series were Richard Erdman, Allyn Joslyn, Betty Lynn, Sylvia Lewis, Gloria Winters, and Verna Felton.[2]

Teal was a bit-part player in Western films for several years before landing a substantial role in Northwest Passage (1940). Another of his roles was as Little John in The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946). Notable film roles include playing one of the judges in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) with Spencer Tracy and an indulgent bar owner to Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in The Wild One (1953). This was the second of three times that Ray appeared with Brando, having done so already as a drunk in Brando's debut in The Men (1950) and later in Brando's only directorial effort, One-Eyed Jacks (1961), as a bartender.

Teal sldo appeared in three episodes of the 1955–1957 anthology series, Crossroads, a study of clergymen from different denominations.


Ray died of undisclosed causes at age 74 in Santa Monica, California.


  1. "Hollywood Film Shop", The Terre Haute Tribune, July 11, 1950, p. 4. Retrieved on May 28, 2017. 
  2. Where's Raymond?/ The Ray Bolger Show. Retrieved on March 14, 2011.

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