George Raft
Actor
George Raft
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).
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Book review: 'Raoul Walsh,' by Marilyn Ann Moss - Washington Post
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We learn that the director “never could get a good performance” from Rock Hudson in the four attempts he made; that tough guys Edward G. Robinson and George Raft feuded violently on the set of “Manpower”; that his autobiography, “Each Man in His Time”
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Say Hello Again to His Little Friend: 'Scarface' blasts its way back to the ... - Austin Chronicle
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26, 2011 Personally I prefer Howard Hawks 1932 original – with George Raft, Paul Muni, and Boris Karloff, what's not to love? But let's face it, it's Brian De Palma's operatic 1983 Scarface that's withstood the test of time, and, to be fair,
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Mobster or not, late Jimmy Caci talked the talk till the end - Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Fiato, now a relocated witness, got an earache listening to him make with the George Raft patter. "Jimmy had a hair-trigger temper, but he fired blanks," Fiato says. Caci wasn't shy about trying to intimidate LA-area California bookies
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Humphrey Bogart Movie Schedule: BEAT THE DEVIL, TOKYO JOE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino. BW-95 mins. 6:15 PM IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer. Dir: Nicholas Ray. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy
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Morning Call Sheet: Kevin Smith Retires? 'Tangled' and Charter Internet Is ... - Big Hollywood
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Dir: Raoul Walsh Cast: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino. BW-95 mins, TV-PG, CC. Melodrama is usually a description used to criticize a film but that's only because Hollywood can no longer craft a decent melodrama. When melodrama works it makes for
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Bogart: Unconventional Star, Sex Symbol in TCM's Summer Under the Stars ... - Indie Wire (blog)
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Dropping the “r” or the “g” off every other word, he steals Raoul Walsh's classic noir from right under George Raft's nose. When he grabs a shady compatriot by the collar, demanding the $300 he feels he's owed, Bogart's slim frame effortlessly mixes
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Mae West Quotes - Screen Junkies
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Before those two movies she had a supporting role in the 1932 "Night After Night" where she appeared with George Raft. "Come up and see me sometime": Mae repeated this with slight variations a number of times in "I'm No Angel"
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Shirley MacLaine on TCM: OCEAN'S ELEVEN, THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Else, it's basically a waste of time, apart from a few celebrity cameos, including those of MacLaine, George Raft, Red Skelton, and early cowboy star Hoot Gibson. And to think that Lewis Milestone was the same guy who had directed All Quiet on the
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Don't Suspend A-Rod if He Didn't Break the Law - FanGraphs (blog)
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One of Durocher's friends was the actor George Raft, who had a lot of dubious friends, and they used to use Durocher's apartment (when Durocher wasn't there) for illegal poker games. Durocher was first warned away from Raft, and he obeyed; but Chandler
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Celebrate Blaine's Drayton Harbor Days - Blaine Northern Light
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Held this Saturday and Sunday, Drayton Harbor Days offers a weekend of maritime fun – tour the tall ships, take a Plover ferry ride or compete in the Prestigious George Raft race. There's a variety of vendors, live music, games and crafts and a pirate
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The Lost Projects And Unproduced Screenplays Of Terrence Malick - Indie Wire (blog)
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Finally, there is the trucking comedy “Deadhead Miles” that was made into a film starring Alan Arkin, Richard Kiel, Hector Elizondo and interestingly enough, Ida Lupino and George Raft as themselves. But directed by Vernon Zimmerman, it was considered
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DVD Extra: Preminger's head trip - New York Post (blog)
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... may have been actually fathered by murdered pal Arnold Stang -- and boyfriend kidnapped and taken to the yacht (actually John Wayne's real-life yacht) where he lives with his mistress (Andy Warhol star Luna) and which is skippered by George Raft
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Blu Room: SOME LIKE IT HOT Blu-Ray - Latino Review
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After witnessing the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre, in which a Chicago gangster named Spats Columbo (George Raft) machine-guns seven men in a car garage, the pair are forced to flee the city to save their lives. Since they're flat broke they
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Hugh Hefner New Girlfriend Photos 2011: Shera Bechard Pics - NowPublic
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At some point later in the day, he tweeted about how he watched George Raft in the 1935 crime classic "The Glass Key." I'm sure Shera Berchard would have been thrilled to watch that. If there's one thing we all know, super-attractive 20-something
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Book Review: Humphrey Bogart: The Making of A Legend by Darwin Porter - Blogcritics.org (blog)
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Supposedly Bogie's first wife, Helen Menken, was bisexual, as was almost every starlet he had an affair with and every actor he worked with once he got to Hollywood — Barbara Stanwyck, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, George Raft, etc., etc
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DVD Extra: Sony's MOD -- Madman, madwoman, musical remakes - New York Post (blog)
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It's one of the better post-War vehicles for the underrated George Raft, who innocently runs a florist shop in a Los Angeles hotel but has quite a backstory: he's an escaped convict turned World War II hero. When he attracts the attention of a
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Stellar acting sells Drury Lane's 'Broadway Bound' - Chicago Daily Herald
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Among them is Kate (the redoubtable Roman) recalling a carefree evening 30 years earlier when she danced with actor George Raft and Nussbaum's Ben confronting Kate's husband Jack (the understated Richard McWilliams) as he's about to leave the family
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Raft
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 78
    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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  • 1970
    Age 68
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A romantic figure in Hollywood, Raft had love affairs with Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead, and Mae West. He stated publicly that he wanted to marry Norma Shearer, with whom he had a long romance, but his wife's refusal to allow a divorce eventually caused Shearer to end the affair.
  • 1967
    Age 65
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 64
    He was an American English-speaking syndicate leader alongside French actor Jean Gabin in the 1966 French gangster movie, Du rififi à Paname, and his final film appearances were in Sextette (1978), reunited with long-ago co-star Mae West, and The Man with Bogart's Face (1980), a nod to 1940s detective movies.
    More Details Hide Details Raft was a stockholder in the Parvin-Dohrmann Corporation, a hotel and casino company which owned the Flamingo Las Vegas. Ray Danton played Raft in The George Raft Story (1961), which co-starred Jayne Mansfield. Raft himself, however, excoriated the film upon its release due to inaccuracies. In the 1991 biographical movie Bugsy, the character of George Raft was played by Joe Mantegna. Raft has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for contributions to Motion Pictures at 6150 Hollywood Boulevard, and for Television at 1500 Vine St.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1970s, Raft appeared in a now-famous Alka Seltzer television commercial playing the role of a prison inmate.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1953
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He wound up occasionally accepting supporting roles in movies, such as playing second fiddle to Robert Taylor in Rogue Cop (1954). Raft satirized his gangster image with a well-received supporting performance in Some Like it Hot (1959), but this did not lead to a comeback, and he spent the remainder of the decade making films in Europe. He played a small role as a casino owner in Ocean's 11 (1960).
  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 49
    In the summer of 1951, Raft had the title role in the radio adventure series Rocky Jordan.
    More Details Hide Details He played "the owner of a cabaret in Cairo whose life is steeped in intrigue." During the 1950s he was reduced to working as a greeter at the Capri Casino in Havana, Cuba, where he was a part owner.
  • 1946
    Age 44
    In 1946 Raft announced he had created his own production company, Star Films.
    More Details Hide Details They ended up making Intrigue and Outpost in Morocco. His career as a leading man continued through the 1940s with films of gradually declining quality often produced by Benedict Bogeaus or filmed overseas for tax benefits in Great Britain and Italy, spiraling steadily downward until his name was finally limited as a box office draw.
    In 1946 Raft earned a reported $108,000 for the year.
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  • 1942
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cagney's wife, Billie, once received a phone call telling her that Cagney was dead. Cagney alleged that, having failed to scare him and the Guild off, they sent a hit man to kill him by dropping a heavy light onto his head. On hearing about the rumor of the hit, George Raft made a call, and the hit was supposedly cancelled.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1940
    Age 38
    The years 1940 and 1941 proved to be Raft's career peak.
    More Details Hide Details Raft chose Raoul Walsh's Manpower over The Maltese Falcon because the Falcon's director, John Huston, had never directed before and a racier pre-Code version of the film already existed. Raft was also reported to have turned down Bogart's role in Casablanca (1942), although according to some Warner Bros. memos, this story is apocryphal. Following the release of the espionage thriller Background to Danger (1943), a film intended to capitalize on the success of Casablanca, Raft demanded termination of his Warner Brothers contract. After leaving Warner Bros, Raft made a number of films for RKO. Some of these were surprisingly popular, such as Johnny Angel and Nocturne,
  • TWENTIES
  • 1929
    Age 27
    In 1929, Raft relocated to Hollywood and took small roles.
    More Details Hide Details In Taxi! (1932), starring James Cagney and Loretta Young, Raft has a colorful unbilled dancing role as Cagney's competitor in a dance contest who wins only to be knocked down by Cagney. His big break came later that same year as the nickel-flipping second lead alongside Paul Muni in Scarface (1932). Raft's convincing portrayal and his lifelong friendships with Owney Madden, Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky led to speculation that he was a gangster. When Gary Cooper's romantic escapades put him on one gangster's hit list, Raft reportedly interceded and persuaded the mobster to spare Cooper. Orson Welles explained to Peter Bogdanovich in their interview book This is Orson Welles that, as Raft's career accelerated, the actor was particularly an idol and role model for actual gangsters of the period in terms of dress and attitude. He was one of the three most popular gangster actors of the 1930s, with James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson; Raft ranked far above Humphrey Bogart in fame and box office clout throughout the decade. When the studio refused to hire Texas Guinan, the performer upon whom one of the movie's characters was based, because of her age, Raft advocated for the casting of his friend, Mae West, in a supporting role in his first film as leading man, Night After Night (1932), which launched her movie career. He appeared the following year in Raoul Walsh's energetic period piece The Bowery as Steve Brodie, supposedly the first man to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and survive, with Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Fay Wray and Pert Kelton.
  • 1926
    Age 24
    He had a great success as a dancer in London in 1926, the Duke of Windsor was "an ardent fan and supporter."
    More Details Hide Details Fred Astaire, in his autobiography Steps in Time (1959), says Raft was a lightning-fast dancer and did "the fastest Charleston I ever saw." Vi Kearney, later a dancer in shows for Charles B. Cochran and André Charlot, was quoted as saying:
  • 1923
    Age 21
    Raft married Grayce Mulrooney, several years his senior, in 1923, long before his stardom.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1910
    Age 8
    On the 1910 Census, he is listed as being eight years old.
    More Details Hide Details A boyhood friend of gangsters Owney Madden and Bugsy Siegel (and later a "wheel man" for the mob), Raft acknowledged having narrowly avoided a life of crime. As a young man Raft showed aptitude in dancing which, with his elegant fashion sense, enabled him to earn work as a dancer in New York City nightclubs, often in the same venues as Rudolph Valentino before Valentino became a movie actor. Raft became part of the stage act of flamboyant speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan, and his success led him to Broadway where he again worked as a dancer. He later made a semi-autobiographical film called Broadway (1942) about this period in which he plays himself.
  • 1901
    Born
    Born on September 26, 1901.
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