Advertisement

 George Raft

Advertisement

George Raft Famous memorial

Original Name
George Ranft
Birth
Hell's Kitchen, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
24 Nov 1980 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Hollywood Hills, 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

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.

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


Family Members

Parents
Siblings

Flowers

In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was George Raft?

Current rating:

317 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 25 Apr 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 849
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/849/george-raft: accessed ), memorial page for George Raft (26 Sep 1901–24 Nov 1980), Find a Grave Memorial ID 849, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .