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Former child star Roe dies

He appeared in original B'way staging of 'Our Town'

Thesp Raymond Roe, who appeared in the original Broadway productions of “Our Town” and “Life With Father” as a child, died July 2 in San Leandro, Calif., of complications from surgery. He was 84.

Roe started acting at a young age and his Rialto credits included 1934’s “House of Remsen,” “Jubilee,” “Little Dark Horse,” “All in Favor” and “Seen but Not Heard,” besides 1938’s “Our Town” and 1947’s “Life With Father.”

His bigscreen career began with 1939’s “Back Door to Heaven.” His family moved to California to further his career and he won parts in films including “The Major and the Minor,” starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. That brought in other movie roles such as “True to Life,” Bette Davis/Robert Montgomery starrer “June Bride,” “Dear Wife” toplining William Holden and James Cagney’s “The West Point Story.”

He also worked in radio, including in a segment of “Mayor of the Town” where Lionel Barrymore was replaced by Orson Welles.

After serving in the South Pacific as a radio operator during WWII, Raymond returned to Hollywood. Finding it difficult to get work on the West Coast, he turned to police work and became a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff for 28 years before retiring to Aberdeen in the Eastern Sierra.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; two sons and a daughter; and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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