George Raft

Born Sep 26, 1901

George Raft was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today George Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in the original Scarface (1932), Each Dawn I Die (1939), and Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot, as a dancer in Bolero (1934), and a truck driver in They Drive by Night (1940).… Read More

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1901 Birth Born on September 26, 1901.
1910 8 Years Old On the 1910 Census, he is listed as being eight years old. … Read More


1923 21 Years Old Raft married Grayce Mulrooney, several years his senior, in 1923, long before his stardom.
1926 24 Years Old He had a great success as a dancer in London in 1926, the Duke of Windsor was "an ardent fan and supporter." … Read More
1929 27 Years Old In 1929, Raft relocated to Hollywood and took small roles. … Read More


1940 38 Years Old The years 1940 and 1941 proved to be Raft's career peak. … Read More


1942 40 Years Old When James Cagney became president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1942 for a two-year term, he took a role in the Guild's fight against the Mafia, which had taken an active interest in the movie industry. … Read More
1946 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1946 Raft earned a reported $108,000 for the year.
1951 49 Years Old In the summer of 1951, Raft had the title role in the radio adventure series Rocky Jordan. … Read More


1953 51 Years Old In 1953, Raft also starred as Lt. George Kirby in a syndicated television series police drama titled I'm the Law (in which he invested his own money), which ran for one season and was one of the earliest instances of a movie star of his previous calibre accepting the lead in a TV series. … Read More


1966 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Granted a year's visa to the United Kingdom in 1966, Raft was a greeter in several clubs where he had a cameo in 1967's James Bond spoof Casino Royale. … Read More
1967 65 Years Old In 1967, Raft was denied entry into the UK (where he had been installed as Casino Director at a casino known as the "Colony Club") due to his underworld associations.
1970 68 Years Old The pair separated soon thereafter, but the devoutly Catholic Mulrooney refused to grant a divorce, and Raft remained married to her, and continued to support her, until her death in 1970. … Read More
1980 78 Years Old 1 More Event
Some obituaries cited Raft's year of birth as 1895, which he himself stated was correct on television in 1980; he is recorded in the New York City Birth Index as having been born on September 26, 1901 in Manhattan as "George Rauft" (although "Rauft" is likely a mistranscription of "Ranft"); the 1900 Census for New York City lists his elder sister, Katie, as his parents' only child, with two children born and only one living.
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