Broderick Crawford

Actor, Vaudevillian, Radio performer
Hard-drinking, fast-talking character actor legend Broderick Crawford received his start on stage and gained significant attention via his performance as the mentally challenged Lennie in "Of Mice and Men" (1937-38) ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Liar's Moon 1982 (Movie)

Colonel Tubman (Actor)

Den Tuchtigen Gehort Die Welt 1980 (Movie)

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Harlequin 1980 (Movie)

Doc Wheelan (Actor)

A Little Romance 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

There Goes the Bride 1978 (Movie)

Gas Station Attendant (Actor)

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977 (Movie)

J Edgar Hoover (Actor)

Paradise 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Terror in the Wax Museum 1974 (Movie)

Burns (Actor)

Embassy 1973 (Movie)

Dunninger (Actor)

The Interns 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Challenge 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Tomahawk 1966 (Movie)

Columbus Smith (Actor)

Kid Rodelo 1965 (Movie)

Joe Harbin (Actor)

Texas Kid 1965 (Movie)

Luke Starr (Actor)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Up From the Beach 1964 (Movie)

US MP Major (Actor)

A House Is Not a Home 1963 (Movie)

Harrigan (Actor)

The Castilian 1963 (Movie)

Don Sancho (Actor)

Convicts Four 1961 (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

Il Bidone 1961 (Movie)

Augusto (Actor)

Between Heaven and Hell 1956 (Movie)

Waco (Actor)

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

Vinnie Harold (Actor)

Big House, U.S.A. 1955 (Movie)

Rollo Lamar (Actor)

New York Confidential 1955 (Movie)

Charles Lupo (Actor)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

Dr Aarons (Actor)

Down Three Dark Streets 1954 (Movie)

Ripley (Actor)

Human Desire 1954 (Movie)

Carl Buckley (Actor)

Night People 1953 (Movie)

Leatherby (Actor)

The Last Posse 1953 (Movie)

Sheriff Frazier (Actor)

Born Yesterday 1950 (Movie)

Harry Brock (Actor)

All the King's Men 1948 (Movie)

Willie Stark (Actor)

Night Unto Night 1948 (Movie)

Shawn (Actor)

The Time of Your Life 1948 (Movie)

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Larceny, Inc. 1941 (Movie)

Jug Martin (Actor)

Texas Rangers Ride Again 1940 (Movie)

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The Black Cat 1940 (Movie)

Hubert A. Gilmore 'Gil' Smith (Actor)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

Little Ned (Actor)

Trail of the Vigilantes 1939 (Movie)

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Beau Geste 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eternally Yours 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Island of Lost Men 1938 (Movie)

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A Kiss in the Dark (Movie)

Mr. Botts (Actor)

A Tattered Web (TV Show)

Actor

Anna Lucasta (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Black Angel (Movie)

Capt. Flood (Actor)

Brilliant Benjamin Boggs (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway (Movie)

Steve Crandall (Actor)

Convicted (Movie)

George Knowland (Actor)

Highway Patrol (TV Show)

Actor

I Married a Witch (Movie)

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Last of the Comanches (Movie)

Sgt. Matt Trainor (Actor)

Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Show)

Actor

Scandal Sheet (Movie)

Mark Chapman (Actor)

Sealed Verdict (Movie)

Capt. Kinsella (Actor)

Slightly Honorable (Movie)

Russell Sampson (Actor)

Start Cheering (Movie)

Butch (Actor)

Submarine D-1 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Sudden Money (Movie)

"Doc" Finney (Actor)

The Hunter (Movie)

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The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Show)

Actor

The Power (Movie)

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The Real Glory (Movie)

Lieutenant Larson (Actor)

The Runaround (Movie)

Louis Prentice (Actor)

Biography

Hard-drinking, fast-talking character actor legend Broderick Crawford received his start on stage and gained significant attention via his performance as the mentally challenged Lennie in "Of Mice and Men" (1937-38). Motion picture roles followed, but he would not attain genuine notoriety in that medium until 1949, thanks to a bravura, Oscar-winning turn as corrupt politician Willy Stark in "All the King's Men" (1949). Crawford was soon also able to display rarely showcased comedic talent as the gangster antagonist of the smash Judy Holliday vehicle "Born Yesterday" (1950). With his roughhewn features and gravelly voice, Crawford made for an offbeat leading man in superior, small-scale productions like "The Mob" (1951) and "Scandal Sheet" (1952), but his most popular credit of the time was the hit television series "Highway Patrol" (syndicated, 1955-59). While he continued to act for more than 20 years after that program finished its run, Crawford never regained the same degree of bankability. Paycheck jobs in a small horde of second- and third-rate movies, coupled with the actor's longstanding drinking problem, also lowered his stock in the industry. That said, he continued to score roles right into his seventies and was rarely off the mark. While there were no shortage of tough guys in Golden Age Hollywood, Crawford had remarkable presence that he could augment with a tangible intelligence when portraying both violent underworld thugs and esteemed authority figures.

Relationships

Kim Crawford

Child

Helen Broderick

Mother

Lester Crawford

Father

Kelly Crawford

Son
born on July 26, 1951

Kay Griffith

Wife
married c. 1940 divorced in 1955 mother of Crawford's two children

EDUCATION

Dean Academy

graduated

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts
left after three weeks

Milestones

1955

TV series debut as Chief Dan Matthews on "Highway Patrol"

1952

TV debut on Video Theatre's "Hunt the Man Down"

1941

Joined Army Air Force and served overseas for 18 months, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge

1937

Left Hollywood for stage; starred on Broadway as Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"

1937

Film debut, "Woman Chases Man"

1935

Broadway debut in "Point Valaine" starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne

1932

London stage debut as football player in "She Loves Me Not"

Performance on stage in "Punches and Judy" won him a film contract with Samuel Goldwyn

Starred on TV series, "The Interns"

Became a seaman and stevedore, then a NYC radio actor and stooge for the Marx Brothers

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