Aldo Ray, the burly, gravel-voiced actor who starred in a string of combat epics, died Wednesday of throat cancer and pneumonia at age 64.

Ray was best known as a combat-hardened soldier in films like "Men in War" and "The Naked and the Dead." His last major role was in the John Wayne Vietnam film "The Green Berets."He was also the jovial Sgt. O'Hara who won Rita Hayworth's heart in "Miss Sadie Thompson" and had roles in "We're No Angels," "Pat and Mike" and "God's Little Acre."

Ray was born Aldo Da Re in Pen Argyl, Pa. He came by his military expertise honestly, serving as a Navy frogman in World War II and taking part in the invasion of Okinawa. He also worked as a law officer in California.