In July, 1998, Billy Gray settled a libel suit he brought against noted film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, known for his annual guides on available movies and videos. In all guides from 1974 to 1998, Maltin mistakenly listed Mr. Gray as a real-life drug addict and pusher in the critique of Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971). Billy appeared in the film only as an actor. Part of the suit brought against 'Leonard Maltin' required that he publicly apologize for the 27-year long defamation of character. He did so, during a press conference, on the morning of July 18, 1998.
Billy Gray has been involved in 'Speedway' Motorcycle Racing as a Competitor during the 70s, 80s & 90s. His 'Speedway' Bike was known as the 'Orange Crate Special', then later as the 'Orange Blossom Special'. The name was given to Billy's bike By the Announcer at Irwindale Raceway due to the solid orange rims that Billy used on his 'Speedway Bike'.
Inventor of the F-1 guitar pick.
Son of actress Beatrice Gray.
His resemblance to actor Martin Sheen was exploited in the film short Porklips Now (1980), a parody of Apocalypse Now (1979), where he played the character of Health Inspector Will Dullard, based on Sheen's performance of Capt. Benjamin L. Willard.
Portrays Bryan Foy as a teen in The Seven Little Foys (1955).
Today, those who fondly recall him in the archetypal 1950s family sitcom Father Knows Best (1954) may be surprised to learn that when the series debuted in 1954, the show did so poorly in the ratings that CBS canceled it in March of 1955. A flood of protests came from viewers insisting that the show be reinstated. The show was moved to an earlier time, and it gradually became a hit.
Was just 12 years younger than Patricia Neal, who played his mother in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).