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George Raft

George Raft
from the trailer for Invisible Stripes (1939)
Personal information
Birth nameGeorge Ranft
Birth dateSeptember 26, 1901
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Date of deathNovember 24, 1980(age 79)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
SpouseGrace Mulrooney (1923-70) (her death)

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George Raft (September 26, 1901 - November 24, 1980) was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas (mob films) of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today George Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot, the original Scarface (1932), and Each Dawn I Die (1939), and as a dancer in Bolero (1934) and a truck driver in They Drive by Night (1940). Raft's actual association with gangsters as a "wheel man" (getaway driver) in New York prior to his film career gave his iconic image an added verisimilitude.

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