Raymond St. Jacques (TV Actor)

Raymond St. Jacques

Raymond St. Jacques was an American actor, director and producer. He was the first African American actor to appear in a regular role on a western series, playing Simon Blake on Rawhide.

Born: James Arthur Johnson, March 1, 1930, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Died: August 27, 1990, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Education: Hillhouse High School
Alma mater: Yale University
Occupation: Actor, director, producer
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About Raymond St. Jacques

His role as Simon Blake on Rawhide was one of the first major ones for any black actor.

Before Fame

He started writing plays in his teenage years, and performed in a production of Othello, continuing to entertain even during his stint in the U.S. Air Force.


His choice of roles ran the gamut, from the classic blaxploitation film Cotton Comes to Harlem, to Edward Zwick‘s Glory, where he played Frederick Douglas.

Family Life

He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut.


His breakthrough role was in the 1967 movie The Comedians, alongside the husband-and-wife team of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Information related to Raymond St. Jacques

  • Male actors from Hartford, Connecticut
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  • African-American film directors
  • Male Western (genre) film actors
  • Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)

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