George Raft

Actor, Boxer, Dancer
A former Broadway dancer who befriended a number of New York mobsters, actor George Raft developed a rather notorious stardom playing tough guys throughout the 1930s and 1940s. After gaining attention on Broadway for ... Read more »
Born: 09/26/1895 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Deadhead Miles 1982 (Movie)

He (Actor)

The Man With Bogart's Face 1979 (Movie)

Petey Cane (Actor)

Sextette 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hammersmith Is Out 1972 (Movie)

Guido Scartucci (Actor)

Madigan's Millions 1969 (Movie)

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Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Captain Garbaldo (Actor)

Casino Royale 1967 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

For Those Who Think Young 1963 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

The Ladies' Man 1961 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Red Skelton Timex Special 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jet Over the Atlantic 1959 (Movie)

Stafford (Actor)

Some Like It Hot 1959 (Movie)

Spats Colombo (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Bouncer (Actor)

A Bullet For Joey 1955 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Black Widow 1954 (Movie)

Detective Bruce (Actor)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

Dan Beaumonte (Actor)

The Man From Cairo 1953 (Movie)

Mike Canelli (Actor)

Stage Door Canteen 1942 (Movie)

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Manpower 1940 (Movie)

Johnny Marshall (Actor)

Invisible Stripes 1939 (Movie)

Cliff Taylor (Actor)

They Drive By Night 1939 (Movie)

Joe Fabrini (Actor)

Souls at Sea 1936 (Movie)

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Scarface 1932 (Movie)

Guino Rinaldo (Actor)

A Dangerous Profession (Movie)

Kane (Actor)

Background to Danger (Movie)

Joe Barton (Actor)

Broadway (Movie)

George (Actor)

Each Dawn I Die (Movie)

Hood Stacey (Actor)

I Stole a Million (Movie)

Joe Laurik /Joe Harris (Actor)

If I Had a Million (Movie)

Eddie Jackson (Actor)

Intrigue (Movie)

Brad Dunham (Actor)

It Had to Happen (Movie)

Enrico Scaffa (Actor)

Johnny Allegro (Movie)

Johnny Allegro (Actor)

Johnny Angel (Movie)

Johnny Angel (Actor)

Limehouse Blues (Movie)

Harry Young (Actor)

Love Is a Racket (Movie)

Sneaky (Actor)

Madame Racketeer (Movie)

Jack Houston (Actor)

Man Bait (Movie)

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Midnight Club (Movie)

Nick Mason (Actor)

Mr. Ace (Movie)

Eddie Ace (Actor)

Night After Night (Movie)

Joe Anton (Actor)

Night World (Movie)

Ed Powell (Actor)

Nob Hill (Movie)

Tony Angelo (Actor)

Nocturne (Movie)

Lt. Joe Warne (Actor)

Outpost in Morocco (Movie)

Capt. Paul Gerard (Actor)

Palmy Days (Movie)

Joe the frog (Actor)

Pick-Up (Movie)

Harry Glynn (Actor)

Race Street (Movie)

Dan Gannin (Actor)

Red Light (Movie)

John Torno (Actor)

Spawn of the North (Movie)

Tyler Dawson (Actor)

Stolen Harmony (Movie)

Ray Angelo/Ray Ferraro (Actor)

The Black Widow (TV Show)

Actor

The Bowery (Movie)

Steve Brodie (Actor)

The Glass Key (Movie)

Ed Beaumont (Actor)

The House Across the Bay (Movie)

Steve Larwitt (Actor)

Whistle Stop (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Winner Take All (Movie)

Bandleader (Actor)

You and Me (Movie)

Joe Dennis (Actor)

Biography

A former Broadway dancer who befriended a number of New York mobsters, actor George Raft developed a rather notorious stardom playing tough guys throughout the 1930s and 1940s. After gaining attention on Broadway for his unbelievably fast Charleston, Raft moved to Hollywood, where he had numerous supporting parts before landing his breakout role in Howard Hawks' infamous crime drama, "Scarface" (1932). An overnight success, he went on to appear in "The Bowery" (1933), "Bolero" (1934), "The Glass Key" (1935), "Each Dawn I Die" (1939) and the excellent melodrama "They Drive by Night" (1940). But just as he was on the cusp of true stardom, Raft famously turned down the leads in "High Sierra" (1941) and "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), both of which went to Humphrey Bogart, turning him into a major star. Raft continued to star in a number of films throughout the decade like "Background to Danger" (1943), "Johnny Angel" (1945) and "Outpost to Morocco" (1949), but each film dimmed his once bright star, along with rumors he was connected to the Mafia. By the mid-1950s, Raft was reduced to making cameos while serving as a greeter at a Cuban casino for known mobster Meyer Lansky. He attempted a comeback with a spoof on his tough guy image in "Some Like It Hot" (1959), but failed to reignite his career. Though unable to rekindle that spark from his heyday, Raft remained one of the Golden Age's more prominent performers.

Relationships

Lila Chevret

Companion
romantically involved in the 1930s

Grace Raft

Wife
married from 1927 until her death in 1970

Norma Shearer Actor

Companion
had relationship c. 1940 could not obtain divorce from wife

EDUCATION

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York

Milestones

1992

Portrayed by Joe Mantegna in the Barry Levinson biopic, "Bugsy"

1961

Portrayed by Ray Danton in the biopic, "The George Raft Story"

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