Superstar Ray Wise has spent nearly two years playing the much-hated but over-the-top entertaining Ian Ward on “The Young and the Restless” (Y&R). Even at his most evil, it’s hard to hate his larger-than-life character because his acting is just that good.
To get to know Wise a little better, Soap Shows thought we’d share these five fun facts about this fantastic actor whose career has spanned decades.
5. His Early Years
Before becoming a star, Wise came from humble beginnings. He grew up in Akron, Ohio in a religious Romanian Baptist family. He graduated from Kent State University before leaving Ohio to pursue a career in the entertainment field.
4. Married Life
Wise married his wife, Kass McClaskey in 1978. Unlike many couples who live their life in the Hollywood world, they have made it work. After two kids, and Wise’s career on the screen, he still goes home to the woman he fell in love with all those years ago.
3. The Breakout Role
In 1982, Wise snagged the role of Blair Sullivan on the long-running primetime soap “Dallas.” The part lasted eight episodes and put Wise on the map. Ray also appeared on “Knots Landing,” “Second Chances,” “Savannah,” and “Resurrection Blvd.”
2. Star Quality
Wise has appeared in over 200 movies and television shows and is recognized by fans all over the world. Some of his more notable roles are as Leland Palmer in “Twin Peaks,” Leon C. Nash in “Robocop,” The Devil in “Reaper,” and, most recently, as Marvin in “Fresh off the Boat.”
1. His One and Only Emmy Win
It’s shocking to learn that Wise’s one and only Emmy nomination and win came from his performances last year on “The Young and the Restless.” Wise took home the gold for his Outstanding Special Guest Performance for his role as the evil Ian Ward.