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 the 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 He gained fame in 1937 as Lenny in Of Mice and Men on Broadway. … Read More
1939 27 Years Old In 1939, he was selected for a supporting role in the production of Beau Geste.


1942 30 Years Old He followed this up with another important supporting actor role in the 1942 gangster spoof Larceny, Inc., a comedy with Edward G. Robinson.
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, he served as an announcer for the Glenn Miller American Band.
1949 37 Years Old In 1949, Crawford reached the pinnacle of his acting career when he was cast as Willie Stark, a character inspired by and closely patterned after the life of Louisiana politician Huey Long, in All the King's Men, a film based on the popular novel by Robert Penn Warren. … Read More


In 1955, Crawford assumed the starring role as Rollo Lamar, the most violent of convicts in Big House, U.S.A. (1955). … Read More
1959 47 Years Old Highway Patrol helped revive Crawford's career and cement his 'tough guy' persona, which he used successfully in numerous movie and TV roles for the rest of his life. 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 try to get his drinking under control. … Read More
1960 48 Years Old After 1960, he began to accept occasional roles in European-made films.


1962 50 Years Old Between 1962–70, 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 1 More Event
In 1977, he starred as 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 He died following a series of strokes in 1986 at the age of 74 in Rancho Mirage, California. … Read More
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