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Raymond C. "Ray" Boyle
formerly known as Dirk London
|Born||June 28, 1925|
Lisbon, North Dakota, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor of film and television|
|Years active||Principally 1952–1961|
|Spouse(s)||Jan Shepard (married 1952)|
Raymond C. Boyle (born June 28, 1925), credited as Ray Boyle or Dirk London, is an American actor known principally for his sporadic role as Morgan Earp, the brother of Wyatt Earp in fifteen episodes of the ABC/Desilu Productions western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian in the title role. Boyle's episodes began with "The Assassins" in 1956 and ended with "The Outlaws Cry Murder" in 1961.
Boyle appeared in several films too, including the roles of Shane in Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), as Clung in Ride Clear of Diablo (1954), as Raymond Hamilton in Guns Don't Argue (1957), a film about the FBI, as Matt in an uncredited role in The Lonely Man (1957), as Johnny Willows in Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958), and as Tom Olsen in The Purple Gang (1959).
His other television roles include two 1954 episodes of the western anthology series, Death Valley Days, narrated by Stanley Andrews. He was cast in "Bucket of Sand" (1956) and "The Beach Pounders" (1957) of the military drama Navy Log. In 1956 and 1957, he was cast in different roles in five episodes of another anthology series, Robert Montgomery Presents. In 1957, he was cast in the episode "Streamlined Rustlers" of the western series Tales of the Texas Rangers, starring Willard Parker and Harry Lauter. That same year he played Prader in the episode "Conscript" of the American Civil war drama series, The Gray Ghost, starring Tod Andrews as Confederate Major John Singleton Mosby.
From 1956 to 1959, he was cast in three episodes of Broderick Crawford's syndicated television series, Highway Patrol. In 1958, he guest starred in an episode of the adventure series, Harbor Command. Twice, in 1955 and again in 1960, he was cast in two half-hour episodes of the CBS western series, Gunsmoke, starring James Arness. He was cast as Johnny in the 1960 episode "So Dim the Light" of the CBS anthology series, The June Allyson Show.
He also was cast in an episode of Sergeant Preston of the Yukon with his wife Jan Shepard titled "Eye of Evil" in 1956.
After The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp ended, Boyle had one television role remaining, as Neil Gilbert in "The Case of the Roving River" (1961) of the CBS legal drama, Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. Years later in 1994 and 1995, he made single appearances each in ER and Beverly Hills, 90210.
After his acting ended, he worked as a production designer.