George Raft

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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 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 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).

Age: 85 (age at death)
Born: 26 September, 1895, New York, New York (Hell`s Kitchen)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Scarface 1932


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1980 The Man with Bogart's Face Petey Cane
1978 Sextette George Raft
1973 Deadhead Miles George Raft
1972 Hammersmith Is Out Guido Scartucci
1971 The Chicago Teddy Bears -
1968 Silent Treatment George Raft
1968 Skidoo Capt. Garbaldo
1967 Five Golden Dragons Dragon #2
1966 The Upper Hand Charles Binnaggio
1966 Batman Citizen in Bank
1964 For Those Who Think Young Detective



[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.

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