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George Raft (born George Ranft; September 26, 1901 – November 24, 1980) 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). Raft's real-life association with New York gangsters gave his screen image in mob films an added realism. He also gained retrospective notoriety for the leading roles that he turned down--only to have those roles become breakout hits for other actors (notably, Humphrey Bogart). Wikipedia

Quick Facts

Birth date: September 26, 1901
Birth place: New York City, New York, U.S.
Death date: 1980-11-24
Height:5' 7" (1.7 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack
Spouse:Grace Mulrooney
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1During the late-1950s, Raft was employed as a celebrity greeter at the Mafia-owned Hotel Capri casino in Havana, a job that played off his image as a movie mobster and tough guy. He was present on January 1, 1959 when rebels stormed Havana, overthrowing dictator Fulgencio Batista. According to Raft, as the rebels began looting the Capri, they recognized him and he was able to convince them not to hurt anyone.
2Raft never looked at himself on film. After not watching a clip of his movies on the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson asked why. Raft said he said he would find so much wrong with his performance that he would spend his next film worried about his acting and never get it right. He only wanted to worry if people stopped going to his movies.
3He played himself in ten films: Broadway (1942), Stage Door Canteen (1943), Nous irons à Paris (1950), The Ladies Man (1961), The Patsy (1964), Casino Royale (1967), Silent Treatment (1968), The Great Sex War (1969), Deadhead Miles (1973) and Sextette (1978).
4As previously reported, he turned down the roles of Roy "Mad Dog" Earle in "High Sierra (1941)", Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon (1941)", and Rick Blaine in "Casablanca (1942)." All three of these parts were picked up by Humphrey Bogart, and each one was essential in making Bogart a superstar.
5According to The Lewiston Daily Sun newspaper June 1936, George was 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighed 155 pounds, had an olive complexion, black hair and brown eyes.
6There has been much debate over when George was born. Although most sources and articles claim his birth year as 1895, including his gravestone, New York census reports suggest Mr. Raft was born in 1901.
7Mother, Eva, died of asthma at her 610 West 174th Street home in 1937, after a long illness, at the age of 62. Mr. Raft was at her bedside.
8His father was reported to having two thriving businesses: During the winter, the elder Raft was superintendent of the John Wanamaker department store. In the summer he owned and managed a merry-go-round at a small amusement park at Hasting-on-the-Hudson, New York. That merry-go-round was a family affair, began by George's grandfather. This was at Coney Island, Brooklyn.
9The "Hell's Kitchen" set built for George in 'Invisible Stripes' was an exact replica of Raft's own New York birthplace.
10Theft of $3150 worth of jewelry and clothing from Beverly Hills home at 1218 Coldwater Canyon Road reported May 10, 1939.
11George's father, Conrad Ranft, was born in Massachusetts, to German parents, Catherine Weil and Christopher Ranft. George's mother, Eva (Glockner), was born in Germany.
12According to both the 1900 and 1910 Censuses for New York City, Raft only had one sibling named Eva "Katie" Ranft, born on April 18, 1896 in Manhattan.
13His parents Conrad and Eva Ranft had ten children, nine of them boys, with George the eldest.
14A lifelong baseball fan, by 1955 he had attended the World Series for the past 25 years.
15Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).
16As a teenager, he was a bat-boy for the New York Highlanders (Yankees), tried out for semi-pro baseball, boxed at the Polo Athletic Club and hustled pool.
17July 1939: Signed a long-term contract with Warner Bros. Studios.
18Is portrayed by by Ray Danton in The George Raft Story (1961), Nicholas Mayer in Mae West (1982) and by Joe Mantegna in Bugsy (1991).
19According to James Cagney's autobiography Cagney By Cagney, (Published by Doubleday and Company Inc 1976), a Mafia plan to murder Cagney by dropping a several hundred pound klieg light on top of him was stopped at the insistence of George Raft. Cagney at that time was President of the Screen Actors Guild and was determined not to let the mob infiltrate the industry. Raft used his 'many' mob connections to cancel the hit.
20Appeared with Mae West in both her first (Night After Night (1932)) and last (Sextette (1978)) films. He died two days after West's death.
21Banned from entering Britain in 1966 because of his alleged Mafia connections.
22Second actor to portray the title role for CBS Radio's "The Adventures of Rocky Jordan" (1951-1953).
23Was a close friend of notorious gangster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel since their childhood in New York. Siegel actually lived at Raft's home in Hollywood for a time while trying to make inroads for organized crime within the movie colony.
24Not much is known about his marriage to Mulrooney except that she was some years his senior. Although separated early, they were never divorced, and he continued to support her faithfully until her death in 1970.
25He turned down High Sierra (1941), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942) and Double Indemnity (1944).
26Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Remembrance.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Manpower (1941)$60,000


Quotes

#Quote
1[on turning down the leading part in one of Hollywood's greatest dramas] Whoever heard of Casablanca? I don't want to star opposite an unknown Swedish broad.
2[April, 1944] Here I am, back in a musical comedy picture. And that's not all. A fan called me from Chicago the other day and told me I was her pin-up boy. How d'ya like that? I'm a boy, now.
3[In a 1936 interview, discussing former jobs before getting into the acting profession] My one ambition then was to drive a horse. So I got a job driving a delivery wagon for a large grocery company. I drove up and down Ninth avenue like I was daffy. I raced all the other delivery wagons. I gave all the boys rides. Deliveries were always late, customers complained, and I was fired.
4[on acting] You see, I found it tough work. What I would do would be to think over the scene in my mind and try to become whoever I was playing. I would try to feel like the person in that particular scene. Sometimes my words would be different from the script.
5I must have gone through $10 million during my career. Part of the loot went for gambling, part for horses and part for women. The rest I spent foolishly.
6[on his acting] I'm afraid to look, because I'm probably awful.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6159 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1500 Vine Street.


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man with Bogart's Face1980Petey Cane
Sextette1978George Raft
Deadhead Miles1973George Raft
Hammersmith Is Out1972Guido Scartucci
The Chicago Teddy Bears1971TV Series
Skidoo1968The Skipper
Five Golden Dragons1967Dragon #2
Casino Royale1967George Raft
Batman1967TV SeriesCitizen in Bank
The Upper Hand1966Charles Binnaggio
The Patsy1964George Raft
For Those Who Think Young1964Detective (uncredited)
Two Guys Abroad1962Nightclub co-owner
Ocean's 111960Jack Strager
The Red Skelton Hour1955-1960TV SeriesMike McCluskey / Ace Williams - Gangster / Big Jack - Speakeasy Operator / ...
Jet Over the Atlantic1959Stafford
Some Like It Hot1959Spats Colombo
Around the World in Eighty Days1956Barbary Coast Saloon Bouncer
A Bullet for Joey1955Joe Victor aka Steiner
Black Widow1954Detective Lt. C.A. Bruce
Rogue Cop1954Dan Beaumonte
The Man from Cairo1953Mike Canelli
I'm the Law1953TV SeriesPolice Lt. George Kirby
I'll Get You1952Steve Rossi
Loan Shark1952Joe Gargen
Lucky Nick Cain1951Nick Cain
Nous irons à Paris1950George Raft
A Dangerous Profession1949Vince Kane
Red Light1949Johnny Torno
Johnny Allegro1949Johnny Allegro
Outpost in Morocco1949Capt. Paul Gerard
Race Street1948Daniel J. 'Dan' Gannin
Intrigue1947Brad Dunham
Christmas Eve1947Mario Torio
Nocturne1946Joe Warne
Mr. Ace1946Eddie Ace
Whistle Stop1946Kenny Veech
Johnny Angel1945Johnny Angel
Nob Hill1945Tony Angelo
Follow the Boys1944Tony West
Background to Danger1943Joe Barton
Stage Door Canteen1943George Raft
Broadway1942George Raft
Manpower1941Johnny Marshall
They Drive by Night1940Joe Fabrini
The House Across the Bay1940Steve
Invisible Stripes1939Cliff Taylor
I Stole a Million1939Joe Lourik, alias Joe Harris
Each Dawn I Die1939'Hood' Stacey
The Lady's from Kentucky1939Marty Black
Spawn of the North1938Tyler Dawson
You and Me1938Joe Dennis
Souls at Sea1937Powdah
Yours for the Asking1936Johnny Lamb
It Had to Happen1936Enrico Scaffa
She Couldn't Take It1935Spot Ricardi / Joseph Ricard
Every Night at Eight1935'Tops' Cardona
The Glass Key1935Ed Beaumont
Stolen Harmony1935Ray Angelo, alias Ray Ferraro
Rumba1935Joe Martin
Limehouse Blues1934Harry Young
The Trumpet Blows1934Manuel Montes
Bolero1934Raoul De Baere
All of Me1934Honey Rogers
The Bowery1933Steve Brodie
Midnight Club1933Nick Mason
Pick-up1933Harry Glynn
Under-Cover Man1932Nick Darrow
If I Had a Million1932Eddie Jackson
Night After Night1932Joe Anton
Madame Racketeer1932Jack Houston
Love Is a Racket1932Sneaky (scenes deleted)
Night World1932Ed Powell
Scarface1932Rinaldo
Dancers in the Dark1932Louie Brooks
Taxi!1932William Kenny - Dance Contestant (uncredited)
Palmy Days1931Joe - Yolando's Henchman
Hush Money1931Maxie
Goldie1931Pickpocket (uncredited)
Quick Millions1931Jimmy Kirk
Side Street1929Georgie Ames - the Dancer (uncredited)
Gold Diggers of Broadway1929Dancer (uncredited)
Queen of the Night Clubs1929Gigola

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jimmy Durante Show1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
Follow the Boys1944performer: "Tonight" 1944, "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 uncredited, "I Feel a Song Coming On" 1935 uncredited
Spawn of the North1938performer: "I Wish I Was the Willow" - uncredited
Stolen Harmony1935performer: "BRADLEY'S DANCE"
Taxi!1932performer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited
Side Street1929performer: "Take a Look at Her Now" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frankenpimp's Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacrespecial thanks filming

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1980TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor
Hollywood Greats1979TV Series documentaryHimself
Today1966-1974TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney1974TV Special documentaryHimself (table bow) (uncredited)
Tribute to Bogart1972TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1971TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Movie Game1970TV SeriesHimself
The Great Sex War1969Himself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Silent Treatment1968DocumentaryHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
Bogart1967TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hippodrome1966TV SeriesHoofer
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The New London Palladium Show1965TV SeriesHimself - Hoofer
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1964TV SeriesTango Dancer / Himself
The Lee Phillip Show1963TV SeriesHimself / guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Ladies Man1961Himself
Main Event1961TV MovieHimself - Guest
Red Skelton Timex Special1960TV MovieHimself - Guest
About Faces1960TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Arthur Murray Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The Gisele MacKenzie Show1957TV SeriesHimself
The Jimmy Durante Show1955-1956TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
Inside Beverly Hills1956TV MovieHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951-1955TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself
The Name's the Same1953-1955TV SeriesCelebrity Guest / Himself
Texaco Star Theatre1953-1954TV SeriesHimself - Actor
I've Got a Secret1953TV SeriesMystery Guest
What's My Line?1953TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Vacation at Del Mar1949ShortHimself
Hollywood Park1946ShortHimself
Breakdowns of 19421942ShortHimself (uncredited)
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 21941Documentary shortHimself - at Mocambo (uncredited)
Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play1941Documentary shortHimself
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards1940Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 41938Documentary shortHimself
The Fashion Side of Hollywood1935Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-11934ShortHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood on Parade No. A-91933ShortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film2008TV Movie documentary
Bullets Over Hollywood2005TV Movie documentary
Barbra Streisand: The Movie Album2003Video shortTops Cardona
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryactor 'Scarface' (uncredited)
American Justice: Target - Mafia1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entertaining the Troops1988DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Red Skelton: A Comedy Scrapbook1981Video documentaryMuggsy Lasagna
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy1981TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Brooklyn Bridge1981DocumentaryHimself (clip from "The Bowery") (uncredited)
Presidential Blooper Reel1981Video shortHimself
All This and World War II1976DocumentaryHimself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary
The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks1973TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Happy Days1970TV Series
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActor 'They Drive by Night' (uncredited)
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
Breakdowns of 19411941ShortHimself (uncredited)
Land of Liberty1939
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 11937Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 111937Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-51933ShortHimself (uncredited)
Winner Take All1932Bandleader at Guinan's (uncredited)

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