Richard Maximilian Ney (November 12, 1916 – July 18, 2004) was an American actor, author, and investment counselor.
Life and career
Ney was born in New York City, the son of Erwin Maximilian Ney (1893–1968), an insurance salesman, and Charlotte Marie Donaldson (born 1895), who served in World War I as yeoman, first class, USNRF. Later she was a stenographer and a secretary at a lumberyard.
His parents’ marriage ended in divorce and he grew up with his mother in humble circumstances. His father remarried twice. His father’s third wife was Rebie Margaret Flood, a daughter of Rev. Theodore L. Flood, editor of The Chautauquan, and his wife, Ruth Crosley Pardington, daughter of A. R. Pardington.
A graduate in economics from Columbia University, Ney is best remembered for his role in the Oscar-winning World War II film Mrs. Miniver (1942), and for his short-lived (1943–47) marriage to co-star Greer Garson. He also appeared in Ivy (1947) and The Fan (1949). He was commissioned in the United States Navy serving in the Aleutians and the Pacific during World War II.
Ney’s one Broadway venture was the 1958 musical Portofino, which he produced and for which he wrote the book and lyrics. It closed after three performances.
Ney performed mostly in television with occasional film roles until the mid-1960s. In “The Hunt” (January 27, 1962) of the NBC western television series, The Tall Man, Ney plays the wealthy Edward Van Doren, who hires Billy the Kid (Clu Gulager) to guide him into the wilderness to kill a mountain lion. However, Van Doren’s real target is Billy himself.
By the middle 1960s, Ney had successfully transitioned himself into a career as an investment counselor. Initially he joined a Beverly Hills brokerage firm, prior to launching a newsletter, The Ney Report, whose subscribers included J. Paul Getty.
Ney wrote three highly critical books about Wall Street, asserting that the market was manipulated by market makers to the detriment of the average investor. The first of these, The Wall Street Jungle, was a New York Times bestseller in 1970. The second and third were The Wall Street Gang and Making It in the Market.
Ney was credited with saying, “Hidden behind the façade of pompous jargon and noble affections, there is more sheer larceny per square foot on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange than any place else in the world.”
Ney was living in Pasadena, California when he died of a heart ailment while gardening in his yard.
- The Wall Street Jungle
- The Wall Street Gang
- Making It in the Market: Richard Ney’s Low-Risk System for Stock Market Investors