Teller born Raymond Joseph Teller is an American magician, illusionist, writer, actor, painter and film director. He is best known for the comedy magic duo Penn and Teller along with Penn. He doesn`t usually speak during his performances. He legally changed his name from Raymond Joseph Teller to Teller. He was born on 14th February 1948.
Raymond was born on February 14th, 1948 ( he is 71 years old as of 2019 ) He was born to Irene B. and Israel Max “Joseph” Teller. His father, who was of Russian-Jewish descent, was born in Brooklyn, New York and he grew up in Philadelphia. His mother was from a Delaware farming family; the two met as painters attending art school at Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.
Raymond is married to Kathy Bates the have taken role as together as a couple. Such as acting as Amy parents during her wedding to Sheldon.
Raymond graduated from Central High School in 1965. In 1969, he graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and became a high-school Latin teacher. He taught Greek and Latin at Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Raymond began performing with his friend Weir Chrisemer as The Othmar Schoeck Society for the Preservation of Weird and Disgusting Music. He met Penn Jillette in 1974 and they became a three-person act with Chrisemer called Asparagus Valley Cultural Society, which started at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and played in San Francisco.
1981 he began performing exclusively together with Penn an act that continues to this day. On April 5, 2013, Penn and Teller were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the live performance category. Their star, the 2,494th awarded, was near the star dedicated to Harry Houdini. The following day they were recognized by the Magic Castle with the Magicians of the Year award.
Raymond never speaks when he is performing He found that if he maintained silence throughout his act, spectators would refrain from throwing beer and heckling him and paid more attention to his performance. Other exceptions to his silent act included instances when his face was covered or obscured, as he spoke while covered with a plastic sheet in the series premiere of Penn & Teller: Bullshit.
He was interviewed, with his mouth obscured in shadow, in the Nova ScienceNow episode “How Does the Brain Work?”Raymond appears to say “Science!” in a falsetto voice in Penn and Teller’s appearance on the television show Bill Nye the Science Guy, episode “Light Optics,”
He gave voice to an animated version of himself in two episodes of The Simpsons, and he voiced a series of cloned store clerks in “Zoey’s Zoo,” an episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons, as well as the English version of the 1988 animated feature Light Years, where he was the voice of Octum.
Raymond has been shown to scream and swearing in the “Anger Management” episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. Teller has a brief speaking part in Atlas Shrugged: Part II, where he advises Dagny Taggart to go out the side door of the Taggart Transcontinental offices. He did break his voice in the 1995 movie The Fantasticks.
Raymond collaborated with Jillette on three books he is the author off “When I’m Dead All This Will Be Yours!”: Joe Teller – A Portrait by His Kid which was a biography of his father. The book features his father’s paintings and 100 unpublished cartoons which were influenced by George Lichty’s Grin and Bear It.
The book was favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly. Teller’s father’s “wryly observed scenes of Philadelphia street life” were created in 1939. Raymond and his father`s memories began to o pump and the stories flowed” after they opened boxes of old letters that Teller read out loud .
Raymond recreates the world of his parents in a relaxed writing style of light humor and easy transitions between the past and present. 2010 Raymond Play Dead a throw back to the spook shws of the 1930s and 40s ” that ran September 12–24 in Las Vegas before opening Off-Broadway in New York. The show stars sideshow performer and magician Todd Robbins.
Raymond and Aaron Posner co-directed a version of Macbeth which incorporated stage magic techniques in the scenes with the Three Witches. He and Posner co-directed a version of The Tempest, which again made use of stage magic. 2018, Teller and Posner co-conceived and directed a brand new production of Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
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