Thursday, February 14, 2008

Black History Month - Gene Anthony Ray

Black History MonthRemembering
Gene Anthony Ray

I think Black History Month is a perfect time to remember a great character and the man that brought it to life. You couldn't have Fame without Leroy...and you couldn't have Leroy with Gene. Watching shows like Dance War and Dance Life, you can see the impact that Fame has made. Ray inspired a generation to dance, sing and to go after their dreams.

Gene Anthony Ray was best known as playing the role of street-smart student Leroy Johnson in Fame (Movie & TV series). Ray was a natural fit when he was cast as Leroy in the film, which won Academy Awards for best song and original score. He skipped school the day of the first tryout. Like his character in the film, Mr. Ray had never had professional dance training but had a raw talent that dazzled choreographers.

According to his mother, Jean E. Ray, the cause of death was due to complications from a stroke and he was also H.I.V. positive.

His other film credits included:
"Out of Sync" (1995) - directed by his "Fame" co-star Debbie Allen
"Eddie" (1996) - which starred Whoopi Goldberg
"Fame Remember My Name" (2003) - BBC "Fame" reunion documentary

Bio Information from New York Times

Dancing with Angels

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