Ray was born in Australia, in the outback in Queensland, and grew up on a sheep and cattle property. He is an experienced horseman, and stockman.
Theatre includes: The 2007 Australian production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical (Lyric Theatre, Sydney) and again in 2011/12 at the Palace Theatre in the West End, London. He has also performed in many other productions in his native Australia, including Catch Me If You Can, An Eager Hope, Comedians, The Rainmaker, Dimboola, Biggles, The Recruiting Officer, The Government Inspector and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. In the UK he has appeared in 16 pantomimes, including Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Belfast, Llandudno and Tunbridge Wells), Abanazer in Aladdin (Woking, Bournemouth and Basingstoke), King Rat in Dick Whittington (Mansfield, Blackpool and Swansea), Baron Hardup in Cinderella (Chichester, Westcliff and Darlington) and The King in Jack and the Beanstalk (Birmingham and Southampton).
Film Includes: The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Breaker Morant with Edward Woodward, Fire in the Stone, Mail Order Bride (1987 Penguin Award for Best Lead Actor), The Blue Lightning and many more.
Television includes: Ray is best known as Alf Stewart in Home and Away which has been running for 29 years of which he is the only remaining original cast member. Many other appearances include Prisoner Cell Block H, A Country Practice and the mini-series A Fortunate Life, The Great Bookie Robbery, The Shiralee, True Believers and Spit McPhee with Sir John Mills. In 2010 Ray won Australian Television’s highest award – the Gold Logie for Most Popular Person on Television.
Other work includes: Besides acting Ray’s great love is rugby and at the height of his football career he played against France. When he retired from first class rugby he commentated on Match of the Day every weekend for channel 9.