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 George Raft

George Raft

Original Name 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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Popular actor from the 1920s to 1980. He was known as one of Hollywoods sharpest dressed actors. Before acting, he started off as a prizefighter, then moved on to dancing both on Broadway and in Prohibition-era nightclubs. In movies he immediately slid into gangster portrayals. 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 nixed Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon" because it seemed to him a lowly B 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: 1 Jan 2001
  • 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 .