George Raft

George Raft

Original Name George Ranft
Birth
Hell's Kitchen, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 24 Nov 1980 (aged 85)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Courts of Remembrance section, Sanctuary of Light, Map #OE2 (Unit 2, West Wall Elevation), Single Garden Wall Crypt 2356
Memorial ID 849 · View Source
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Actor. He had an acting career that spanned from the 1920s to 1980, and gained a reputation as one of Hollywood's best dressed actors. Before acting, he started off as a prizefighting boxer, then moved on to dancing both on Broadway Theatre and in Prohibition-era nightclubs. In motion picture he immediately gained roles portraying gangster. On top of being type cast as a Hollywood gangster, he made bad decisions choosing his next roles. He turned down "High Sierra" reportedly because he didn't want to die on-screen, and turned down the role of 'Sam Spade' in "The Maltese Falcon" because it seemed to him a lowly B-grade picture. He achieved some success appearing in "Some Like It Hot" (1959) and continued to act until his death in 1980.

Bio by: Terrance Crooms


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 849
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Raft (26 Sep 1895–24 Nov 1980), Find a Grave Memorial no. 849, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .