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 Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot, the original Scarface (1932), and Each Dawn I Die (1939), and 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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