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.
|1982||A Stranger Is Watching||Cop in Bathroom|
|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
|1994 to 1999||Law & Order||Dr. Henry “Papa Doc” Doirnell
|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|
|1997||Deconstructing Harry||Professor Aranha|
|1997||The Kid||Cappy Dover|
|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)|