Remembering Aldo Ray
With a voice that could scrape paint off walls, Aldo Ray got a lot of movie work as the gruff guy — particularly in uniform. When the ex-Navy frogman (born Aldo DaRe) died in a California V.A. hospital on March 27, he left a roster of late-show favorites that includes The Green Berets, Battle Cry, Men in War, and The Naked and the Dead. Three failed marriages and an alcohol problem didn’t help his career, but Ray stayed in the game — even when it meant taking a clothed part in a porno flick (1979’s Sweet Savage, which won him an Adult Film Association award). He also left a son in the spotlight: Eric DaRe, who plays Twin Peaks‘ very gruff Leo Johnson.