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Paul Michael KELLY





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Actor - Argument - Jealousy
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: April 15, 1927
Date of arrest: 5 days after
Date of birth: August 9, 1899
Victim profile: Ray Raymond, 39 (actor and his lover's husband)
Method of murder: Beating to death  in a fistfight
Location: California, USA
Status: Convicted of manslaughter. Sentenced to one to 10 years in prison in 1927. Served 25 months. Died on November 6, 1956

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Paul Michael Kelly (August 9, 1899 November 6, 1956) was an American child actor who later as an adult became a stage, film, and television actor.

Child actor

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kelly began his career as a child actor at age 7 and was appearing on the stage. In 1911 Kelly began making silent films at age 12 with the Vitagraph Studios, which was based in Brooklyn, and where he was billed as Master Paul Kelly. Kelly was possibly the first male child actor to be given any starring roles in American films predating better known child stars such as Bobby Connelly and Jackie Coogan. Kelly appeared in over one hundred movies including the films made during his boyhood career. Later as an adult Kelly appeared in films mostly as a tough guy character actor in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.


Kelly alternated between stage and screen as an actor. He was a handsome and popular male lead or costar in Broadway plays from the late 1910s and throughout the 1920s. Kelly made his talking film debut in 1932's Broadway Through a Keyhole. In 1948, Kelly won a Best Actor Tony Award his role in Command Decision. The award was shared with Henry Fonda for Mister Roberts and Basil Rathbone for The Heiress.

Personal life

His career momentum was briefly halted with a two-year (19271929) forced hiatus when he served 25 months for manslaughter in California's San Quentin prison for beating to death actor Ray Raymond in a fistfight. Raymond's widow, Dorothy MacKaye, later married Kelly. She was briefly imprisoned for being an accomplice in the killing. Kelly later played the part of San Quentin Warden Clinton Duffy in the film Duffy of San Quentin.

He died of a heart attack in 1956, aged 57. His interment was located at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.



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