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Richard Ney

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Richard Ney, an actor whose patrician manners and good looks helped him to gain roles in several memorable '40s films, has died, at the age of 87, while watering his flowers in his garden in Pasadena.


He will probably be best remembered by classic film fans for his patent leather hair, dazzling smile and the character of the over-earnest Vin Miniver in "Mrs. Miniver", as well as marrying the actress who played his mother in that film, Greer Garson.


Later parts in such movies as varied as "The Late George Apley"(1947) and "Babes in Baghdad"(1952) were merely a prelude to his distinguished career as a contrarian observer of Wall Street shenanigans, which eventually led to his longtime, well-respected publication of "The Ney Report", subscibed to by no less than J. Paul Getty, among others. Ney came by his financial savvy legitimately--he'd studied economics in college and a public finance degree from Columbia University.


Mr. Ney never entirely forsook the Hollywood trappings however--the book pictures for one of his financial books featured him lounging in a Rolls Royce with a glamourous looking Afghan hound.

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