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Broderick Crawford

Broderick Crawford

Born Dec 9, 1911

Broderick Crawford was an Academy Award-winning American stage, film, radio and TV actor, often cast in tough-guy roles and best known for his starring role in the television series "Highway Patrol."

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1911 Birth Born on December 9, 1911.


1932 20 Years Old Crawford returned to vaudeville and radio, which included a period with the Marx Brothers on their NBC radio comedy show Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. He played his first serious character as a footballer in She Loves Me Not at the Adelphi Theatre, London in 1932. … Read More
1937 25 Years Old Early in his career, Crawford was stereotyped as a fast-talking tough guy and frequently played the villain. He gained fame in 1937, when he starred as Lenny in Of Mice and Men on Broadway.
1939 27 Years Old He moved to Hollywood, but did not play the role in the film version. (It went to Lon Chaney, Jr..) However, in 1939 Crawford was selected for a supporting role in the production of Beau Geste alongside such major stars as Gary Cooper and Ray Milland.


1942 30 Years Old Crawford followed this up with another important supporting actor role in the 1942 gangster spoof Larceny, Inc., a comedy with Edward G. Robinson, where Crawford played a dumb but lovable tough guy.
1944 32 Years Old During World War II Crawford enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. Assigned to the Armed Forces Network, he was sent to Britain in 1944 as a sergeant, serving as an announcer for the Glenn Miller American Band.
1949 37 Years Old In 1949 he reached the pinnacle of his acting career when he was cast as Willie Stark, a character based on Louisiana politician Huey Long, in All the King's Men, a film based on the popular novel of the day by Robert Penn Warren. … Read More


Nevertheless, he had excelled in roles playing the toughest criminal of all, such as 1955's Big House, U.S.A., where Crawford had to convincingly play the role of a convict who leads a band of hardened criminals such as Charles Bronson, Ralph Meeker, and William Talman. … Read More
1958 46 Years Old In 1958, Crawford broke his ankle while exiting the helicopter, and was forced to wear an ankle cast, which may be seen in some episodes.
1959 47 Years Old Fed up with the show's hectic shooting schedule, Crawford quit Highway Patrol at the end of 1959 in order to make a film in Spain and to get his drinking under control. … Read More


1962 50 Years Old Between 1962 and 1970, Crawford appeared in no less than seventeen additional films, though many of them failed to generate much box office success.
1970 58 Years Old 1 More Event
After 1970, Crawford again returned to television.


1977 65 Years Old Playing on a stereotype of his famous TV role, he wore the trademark fedora and black suit when he made an appearance as guest host of a 1977 episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live that included a spoof of Highway Patrol, featuring Dan Aykroyd, a longtime fan of the original show, and one in which he portrayed FBI director J. … Read More
1982 70 Years Old His last role was as a film producer who is murdered in a 1982 episode of the "Simon and Simon" television series. … Read More
1986 74 Years Old Crawford married three times; he had two sons (Kelly and Kim) from his marriage to actress Kay Griffith. He died of a series of strokes in 1986 at the age of 74 in Rancho Mirage, California after years of hard living and drinking, which continued virtually unabated to the end of his life. … Read More
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