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George Raft

  • Original Name Ranft
  • Birth 26 Sep 1895 Hell's Kitchen, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 24 Nov 1980 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
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  • Memorial ID 849

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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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 849
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : 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 .