Adam Ray, son of Ada High School graduate Carolyn “Puddin” Brown (Cox), rose to new cinematic levels when he performed in The Heat, a recently released movie starring Sandra Bullock.
After Cox graduated she spent several years in Ada, but eventually moved to Seattle where she raised her son.
Ray said he had always been interested in making people laugh. He started in plays in fifth grade and doing impersonations.
As a child, Ray said he always looked up to comedians such as Jim Carrey.
He graduated from the University of Southern California with an acting degree.
Ray became a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. He has appeared on several shows including “Workaholic,” “According to Jim” and “Two Broke Girls.”
More recently, Ray was a guest on “The Late Night Show” with Craig Ferguson and Chelsea Lately.
According to Cox, Ray is on a comedy tour across the country. “To see his tour dates and his videos you can go to his Web site, www.adamraytv.com,” Cox said.
In The Heat, Ray plays a “bad lounge owner and he has a beard. At one point Sandra Bullock’s character hits on him,” said Cox.
When asked about how he felt being in the movie, Ray said, “It was awesome. It’s almost impossible to make it and it makes you feel good that you were picked.”
But it was certainly no easy journey. Ray said he had to put in a lot of work, but it all pays off. Trying to prepare himself for bigger moments. He has been “pounding away for 10 years and I’m seeing it pay off,” Ray said.
Ray hopes to be in more movies soon and says he loves doing what he’s doing.
According to Ray, Ada has had an affect on him “I have a giant soft spot for Ada, that’s where my mom is from and where my grandparents live.”
Anyone considereing following Rays path can take words of wisdom from him, “good things come to those who have integrity and work hard and help people along the way.”
According to Ray himself, he just did what he wanted to and knew he would have to put in a lot of time.