A face you will recognize, Ray was born in Moorestown, New Jersey and currently resides in Los Angeles.  Accomplished in film, television and theater, he loves his life as an award winning Actor, Writer, Producer and Director.  Aside from several pilots and TV movies, he has performed on such series as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Grey’s Anatomy, Will and Grace,  Burn Notice, Southland,  In the Heat of The Night, and in recurring roles on General Hospital and Miami Vice. Some of the directors and actors he’s worked with include; Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Kevin Spacey, Katherine Bigelow, Randal Kleiser, Burt Reynolds, Josh Logan, Curtis Hanson, Keanu Reeves, James Burrows, Franco Zeffirelli, Cliff Robertson, Tobe Hooper, Joe Roth, Jay Roach, Robert Ellis Miller and others… He has starred on stage and in nearly 100 commercials.

He starred as O.J. Simpson in the controversial award winning CBS/FOX mini-series “AMERICAN TRAGEDY,” with Ving Rhames and Christopher Plummer. He costarred in the EMMYâ nominated Children’s special, “SMART KIDS,” and also in the EMMYâ winning HBO film, “RECOUNT” as real life attorney Jeffrey Robinson, with Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern and Tom Wilkinson.

Ray produced and oversaw casting  on the pilot, “HIP-HOP HEADSTRONG,” and South Boy Productions’ CONFESSIONS OF A THUG ” official selection of the Urban World Film Festivalreleased by Polychrome/ Warner Brothers and served as Casting Director on “PERFORMANCE,” and the faith based films “HIGHER NOTE”, “THING ABOUT THE BLING” and KEEPING THE SABBATH.” Coming also is “HE GOT ISSUES, a pilot on which Ray Co-Produced and served as Directing Consultant.  Ray was a producer on the OSCAR ânominated “LAST BREEZE OF SUMMER,” and “ROAD TRIP: MANLEY AND MARIAH,” with Clint Howard and Claudette Roach, the longest first year film ever at the American Film Institute.  In addition to several plays, he was the Director of the televised production “SE HABLA EVERYTHING,” a musical extravaganza with dramatic vignettes celebrating the diversity of Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Theater Center.
A produced writer, Mr. Forchion has written several plays and screenplays.  Some of his titles include, “NIGHTWALKER, HOW TO BE A STAR, MOONLIGHT SONATA and THE DARKENING PRESENCE.” Newly completed are “DUE PENANCE, THE THIRTEENTH KILL and AFTERMATH. Full Moon Entertainment released his feature, “THE HORRIBLE DR. BONES.” “CITY OF DARKNESS,” has been optioned. Ray has been called, “the Black Stephen King...” and is currently putting the finishing touches on an anthology of short stories on tape called, “DARKER PASSAGES, and a new book on Acting. Also in the works is “LITTLE BROTHER” a teen, anti-drug drama set in Miami.  Mr. Forchion’s completed production, the Documentary “FILM HUSTLE,” about the marketing of Low Budget Films was nominated for Best Picture at the 2010 Action On Film International Film Festival. In 2013,  ISLAND SONG, a crime thriller won the Audience award for best Live Action short at the Pan African International Film Festival.

Ray’s strength, crucial to every project he’s involved with, is upping the quality of the movie, no matter what its budget. ”I like to think of myself as Quality Control,” he says. “One of the problems with many lower budgeted independent films is that the accessibility of the technology has opened the door to a lot of novice filmmakers who couldn’t have afforded it before.  That’s good.  It allows new voices to be heard, but much of the product is weak because it’s not thoroughly vetted or held to any particular standard. These folks are learning their craft. They can buy a camera for under five grand, but it’s not the camera, it’s the people behind the camera that make the movie…  A lot of the new product is technically deficient, ill-prepared, poorly cast and appeals to the lowest common denominator.  I believe it’s possible to elevate your project to appeal to the highest common denominator, no matter what the subject.”   Forchion continues to say, “What I bring to a picture is my ability to get the story where it needs to be and to help maximize the performances. I’ve worked with first time and actor/directors.  It’s difficult to direct and star in a movie without that extra eye covering the director’s back.  I provide that.”
A Graduate of MIAMI DADE COLLEGE with dual degrees in  DRAMA as well as in RADIOTELEVISION PRODUCTION, Ray is a recipient of the Team Player Award from the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, a lifetime achievement award for outstanding service to the film industry. Mr. Forchion is committed to the advancement of the arts.  As a former National Board Member, he Chaired the Screen Actors Guild’s Low Budget AD-HOC Task Force with helped develop SAG-AFTRA‘s current Low Budget Film Agreements and chaired it’s Casting and National Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee in LA. He was a founder of the S.E. Manley Short Film Festival and has served on the Advisory board of the Hollywood Black Film Festival. He’s participated with the Denver International Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, George Lindsey Film Festival and the Bahamas International Film Festival.

Ray has also coached working actors in his exciting Intensive Motivational Acting Workshops, Boot Camps and Seminars around the country for over thirty years.  He is just putting the finishing touches on his new Acting Manual, “THE ACTORS BIBLE: Jealously Guarded Secrets On How To Become A Successful Paid Actor In Hollywood… Or Anywhere Else” and in tandem preparing an exciting new course of Empowerment for the Actor.  Ray believes, “Each of us is unique in the contribution we bring to the world, and it’s only through support of that individual uniqueness that the world can advance to a higher state of being…RGF”
“Without Passion there is no art.” RGF

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