Charles McGraw

Actor
A tough-looking actor with a distinctive voice, Charles McGraw was equally adept as a character actor or leading man. McGraw began his film career in the 1940s, playing mostly small or un-credited roles. He often played ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1914 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

Peter Crane--Air Force General (Actor)

The Killer Inside Me 1975 (Movie)

Howard Hendricks (Actor)

Money to Burn 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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A Boy and His Dog 1973 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

The Night Stalker 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smith Family 1970 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Johnny Got His Gun 1971 (Movie)

Girl's Father (Actor)

Chandler 1970 (Movie)

Bernie Oakman (Actor)

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here 1969 (Movie)

Frank Wilson (Actor)

Hang 'Em High 1968 (Movie)

Sheriff Ray Calhoun (Actor)

Pendulum 1968 (Movie)

Deputy Chief Hildebrand (Actor)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

Smith's Father (Actor)

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

Fred Harwell (Actor)

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Sebastian Sholes (Actor)

Cimarron 1960 (Movie)

Yountis (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Mercellus (Actor)

Saddle the Wind 1958 (Movie)

Larry Venables (Actor)

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

Captain Frank Gibbons (Actor)

The Man in the Net 1958 (Movie)

Steve Ritter (Actor)

The Wonderful Country 1958 (Movie)

Doc Stovall (Actor)

Twilight For the Gods 1958 (Movie)

Yancey (Actor)

Joe Butterfly 1957 (Movie)

Sergeant Jim McNulty (Actor)

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant Anthony Vosnick (Actor)

Away All Boats 1956 (Movie)

Lieutenant Mike O'Bannion (Actor)

Toward the Unknown 1956 (Movie)

Colonel Mickey McKee (Actor)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 (Movie)

Commander Wayne Lee (Actor)

The Narrow Margin 1952 (Movie)

Walter Brown (Actor)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

Thompson (Actor)

Blood on the Moon 1948 (Movie)

Milo Sweet (Actor)

T-Men 1948 (Movie)

Moxie (Actor)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

The Long Night 1947 (Movie)

Policeman Stevens (Actor)

Berlin Express (Movie)

Col. Johns (Actor)

Border Incident (Movie)

Jeff Amboy (Actor)

Corvette K-225 (Movie)

Engineroom Chief (Actor)

Double Crossbones (Movie)

Capt. Ben Wickett (Actor)

Hazard (Movie)

Chick (Actor)

I Was a Shoplifter (Movie)

Man (Actor)

On the Old Spanish Trail (Movie)

Harry Blaisdell (Actor)

Once More, My Darling (Movie)

Herman Schmelz, Chauffeur (Actor)

One Minute to Zero (Movie)

Sgt. Baker (Actor)

Perilous Voyage (TV Show)

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Roadblock (Movie)

Joe Peters (Actor)

Roses Are Red (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Strange Confession (Movie)

Menessier (Actor)

The Black Book (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

The Devil and Miss Sarah (TV Show)

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The Farmer's Daughter (Movie)

Fisher (Actor)

The Gangster (Movie)

Dugas (Actor)

The Killers (Movie)

Killer (Actor)

The Longest Night (TV Show)

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The Mad Ghoul (Movie)

Detective Garrity (Actor)

The Moon Is Down (Movie)

Ole (Actor)

The Undying Monster (Movie)

Stredwick (Actor)

They Came to Blow up America (Movie)

Zellerbach (Actor)

Biography

A tough-looking actor with a distinctive voice, Charles McGraw was equally adept as a character actor or leading man. McGraw began his film career in the 1940s, playing mostly small or un-credited roles. He often played hardened characters on either side of the law during the film noir era, most notably as a hired gun in the classic Hemingway adaptation "The Killers " in 1946. He had a starring role in the crime drama "Roadblock," and in "The Narrow Margin," he played a detective in charge of protecting a woman testifying against gangsters. After over a decade of film roles, he was given the starring role in the 1954 secret agent series "The Adventures of Falcon." He also had a memorable role as Marcellus in the 1960 epic "Spartacus" before gradually evolving into a character actor. Later in his career, he often played law enforcement officers in TV dramas such as "Police Story" or "Emergency!," and he landed a small part in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." McGraw also appeared in the 1975 sci-fi cult film "A Boy and His Dog," an adaptation of a Harlan Ellison story. He died tragically in 1980 after falling through a glass shower door.

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