Happy Birthday Ray Austin!

Austin (left) directed episodes of, and coordinated stunts on The Avengers

Austin (left) directed episodes of, and coordinated stunts on The Avengers

Austin, director of 1,000 Convicts and a Woman, turns 81 today.  Besides doing a ton of TV work from The Saint through Pensacola: Wings of Goldhe’s an English Lord–the Baron of Delvin.  Not bad for a former chauffeur for Cary Grant.  He is also the author of the Beauford Sloan mysteries.

Alexandra Hay with The Baron on the set of 1,000 Convicts and a Woman

Alexandra Hay with The Baron on the set of 1,000 Convicts and a Woman

He still does public appearances periodically, giving advice on getting into “moving pictures” (I envision him giving talks about “the talkies”) and celebrating his many television programs.  He apparently summers just down the road from here, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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