The Baron of Delvin, Raymond DeVere-Austin, aka Raymond Austin, aka Ray Austin distinguished director, producer, screenwriter and novelist is best known in the U.S. and U.K. for his prolific work on many television programmes.
Born in London and educated at Brighton College. Austin made his U.S. feature film debut as a stunt man/bit player in Spartacus under the name Ray Austin. He also appeared in television episodes on such action shows as Highway-Patrol, Peter Gunn and Have Gun Will Travel.
Following his return to England, he was appointed stunt director for Cleopatra and worked as a second unit director/stunt coordinator on the Rome location. He continued working as a stunt director and actor in several more films including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner in which he played Mr. Clay. He also acted in the episodes of The Saint, The Avengers and many other English television shows.
In the late 60s, he began writing television plays. Brian Clemens, producer and writer of The Avengers upgraded him from the Avengers stunt coordinator to 2nd unit director of The Avengers. The rest is history; Robert S. Baker and Roger Moore then made him main unit director on an episode of The Saint. From then on, he directed episodes for The Saint and The Avengers. He also worked on other distinguished television shows including The Prisoner, Black Beauty, The Champions, Jason King, Department S, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many others English television shows. In 1970, Austin was named “Outstanding Producer/Director and Writer of the Year” by the London Film Festival for his short The Perfumed Garden. He was nominated for the same award the following year for another short-film, The Sandal, which also earned him honors at the Cannes Film Festival. In 72/73 he was producer/directed/writer on Shirley's World, the American television show.
He remained in Britain through 78 and then moved back to the U.S. to work on scores of television shows as director, producer and writer. In addition to continuing his fruitful work behind-the-scenes through the 1990's. Austin also lectured on film and television at UCLA, the LA Actors Play House, and the London Film School. In the late ‘80s, he and his wife, novelist Wendy DeVere-Austin moved permanently to Fox Haven their home in the Virginia countryside. Though he spends his leisure time there, he still maintains a busy career, directing episodes of television series. He also tours the country and lecturers. 2001 saw his first novel in the book stores, The Eagle Heist, A Beauford Sloan Mystery. 2002 came the second book under the same banner, Dead Again and in 2006, Your Turn To Die. His first spy thriller, Find Me A Spy,Catch Me A Traitor, was released in 2007.