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Ray Aranha
Born May 1, 1939 (1939-05-01) (age 70)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Other name(s) Ray Arahna
Occupation Actor, playwright, theater director

Ray Aranha (born May 1, 1939) is an American actor, playwright, and stage director.



Born in Miami, Florida, Aranha has 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 has also written and toured in a one-man show, I Am Black, and later appeared as "Jim Bono" in Fences.[1]

In addition to stage work, Aranha has also 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).


Year Film Role Notes
1982 A Stranger Is Watching Cop in Bathroom
1987 Five Corners Arthur
1991 City of Hope Errol
1994 Drop Squad Bruford Jamison, Sr
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Janitor Credited as Ray Arahna
Dead Man Walking Luis Montoya
1996 City Hall James Bone
Box of Moon Light Soapy
Twisted Can Man
1997 The Kid Cappy Dover
Deconstructing Harry Professor Aranha
2001 Good Advice Man in Central Park
2002 Maid in Manhattan Bus driver
Year Title Role Notes
1990-1991 Married People Nick Williams 18 episodes
1992 The Heights Mr. Mike 12 episodes
1993 American Playhouse Reverend Foy 1 episode
1994 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Victor 1 episode
1994-1997 New York Undercover Jamell Johnson
Mel Dunston
2 episodes
1994-1999 Law & Order Dr. Henry "Papa Doc" Doirnell
2 episodes
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Cap Anderson 1 episode
1998 Cosby James 1 episode
2000 Third Watch Barnett Freeman 1 episode
2001 Ed Harry Lockemather 2 episodes


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