Ted Ray (1905-1977) (real name Charles Olden) was a popular British comedian of the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Wigan, Lancashire, and began his career in music hall. Besides his comedy act, he was a talented violinist. Shortly after the Second World War, he appeared with Henry Hall and his band. He went on to have his own television show, and also acted as compere on variety and game shows. Two of Ray's sons followed him into show business: actor Andrew Ray, and the better-known Robin Ray, a musician and presenter.