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A native of Houston, Texas, Ray Ford was first seen on stage at the age of 10 in the Askew Elementary School production of “Texas our Texas”. His interest in acting grew and he eventually became president of his high school drama club.
After receiving classical training in acting at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Ray moved to New York City where he amassed a diverse list of credits at prominent theatres in New York and across the country, including “King Lear” at Yale Repertory (the ﬁnal production directed by the great Hal Scott), “Miss Evers' Boys”, “Angels in America”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Colored Museum”, “Blues for an Alabama Sky”, “The Taming of the Shrew”, and the world premiere of Craig Lucas “Gods Heart”.
Ford made his big screen debut in Rodney Evans’ film “Brother to Brother” which won the Sundance Special Jury Prize. Ray received rave reviews for his performance in the film in which he was featured opposite Anthony Mackie and Daniel Sunjata. According to the reviews, he breathed magnificent life into the role of Wallace Thurman, the Harlem Renaissance writer and a contemporary of Langston Hughes.
Best known on television for his recurring role as Ray the Paramedic on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, Ford is best remembered for the episodes he spent hanging upside down in an ambulance clinging to life. He survived and continued the role for four more seasons. Ray has also been featured in “Man Up” (ABC) and “Switched at Birth” (ABC Family).
Ford is a nine-year member of the Los Angeles based Critical Mass Performance Group, which is committed to the long term development of new works that extend the boundaries of traditional theatre forms through image, music and physical expression. Ray most recently collaborated on their reinterpretation of Euripides' "Alcestis" at the Getty Villa.Ford resides in Los Angeles.