Broderick Crawford

Broderick Crawford

  • Highest Rated: 100% Il Bidone (The Swindle) (The Swindlers) (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) (1955)
  • Birthday: Dec 9, 1911
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Broderick Crawford was the typical example of "overnight" success in Hollywood -- the 1949 release of All the King's Men turned him into one of the most popular "character" leads in Hollywood, a successor to Wallace Beery and a model for such unconventional leading men to come as Ernest Borgnine. His "overnight" success, however, involved more than a decade of work in routine supporting roles in more than 20 movies, before he was ever considered as much more than a supporting player. Crawford was born into a performing family -- both of his maternal grandparents, William Broderick and Emma Kraus, were opera singers, and his mother, Helen Broderick, was a Broadway and screen actress, while his father, Lester Crawford, was a vaudeville performer. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he accompanied his parents on tour as a boy and later joined them on-stage. He attended the Dean Academy in Franklin, MA, and excelled in athletics, including football, baseball, and swimming. Crawford entered show business by way of vaudeville, joining his parents in working for producer Max Gordon. With vaudeville's decline in the later 1920s, he tried attending college but dropped out of Harvard after just three months, preferring to make a living as a stevedore on the New York docks, and he also later served as a seaman on a tanker. Crawford returned to acting through radio, including a stint working as a second banana to the Marx Brothers. He entered the legitimate theater in 1934 when playwright Howard Lindsay selected him for a role in the play She Loves Me Not, portraying a football player in the work's London run -- although the play only ran three weeks, that was enough time for Crawford to meet Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne (then theater's leading "power couple" on either side of the Atlantic) and come to the attention of Noel Coward, who selected him for a role in his production of Point Valaine, in which the acting couple was starring. After a string of unsuccessful plays, Crawford went to Hollywood and got a part as the butler in the comedy Woman Chases Man, produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Crawford's theatrical breakthrough came in 1937 when he won the role of the half-witted Lennie in the theatrical adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men. His performance won critical accolades from all of the major newspapers, and Crawford was on his way, at least as far as the stage was concerned -- when it came time to do the movie, however, the part went to Lon Chaney Jr.. In movies, Crawford made the rounds of the studios in one-off roles, usually in relatively minor films such as Submarine D-1, Undercover Doctor, and Eternally Yours. The murder mystery Slightly Honorable gave him a slight boost in both billing and the size of his role, but before he could begin to develop any career momentum the Second World War intervened. Crawford served in the U.S. Army Air Force and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. When he returned to civilian life, he immediately resumed his screen career with a series of fascinating films, including The Black Angel and James Cagney's production20of The Time of Your Life. True stardom however, still eluded him. That all changed when director-producer Robert Rossen selected Crawford to portray Willie Stark in All the King's Men. In a flash, Crawford became a box-office draw, his performance attracting raves from the critics and delighting audiences with its subtle, earthy, rough-hewn charm. His portrayal of the megalomaniac political boss of a small state, based on the life and career of Louisiana governor and senator Huey Long, won Crawford the Oscar for Best Actor. He signed a long-term contract with Columbia Pictures in 1949, which resulted in his starring in the comedy hit Born Yesterday (1950). That was to be his last major hit as a star, though Crawford continued to give solid and successful lead performances for much of the next five years, portraying a tough undercover cop in the crime drama T he Mob, and a villainous a

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Broadway Actor 2013
95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Actor 2008
No Score Yet There Goes the Bride Actor 2004
No Score Yet Proof of the Man Detective O'Brien 1984
No Score Yet Dealers in Death: Murder and Mayhem in America Host 1984
No Score Yet The Upper Crust Mike Carraday 1982
No Score Yet Liar's Moon Col. Tubman 1981
50% The Hunter Actor 1980
No Score Yet Harlequin (Dark Forces) (The Minister's Magician) Doc Wheelan 1980
No Score Yet There Goes the Bride Gas Station Attendant 1980
69% A Little Romance Brod 1979
No Score Yet Express to Terror Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover 1978
No Score Yet The Hunter Actor 1977
No Score Yet Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby II) Holtzman 1976
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Special Effects Man 1976
No Score Yet Terror in the Wax Museum Burns 1973
87% The Candidate Jarmon Narrator 1972
No Score Yet The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go B.B. O'Kelly 1971
No Score Yet A Tattered Web Willard Edson 1971
No Score Yet Gregorio and His Angel Actor 1970
No Score Yet Hell's Bloody Devils Brand 1970
No Score Yet Gregorio and His Angel Gregorio 1968
No Score Yet The Vulture Brian F. Stroud 1967
No Score Yet The Texican Luke Starr 1966
15% The Oscar Sheriff 1966
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Harrigan 1964
No Score Yet El Valle de las espadas (The Castillian) (Valley of the Swords) Don Sancho 1963
No Score Yet Castilian Actor 1963
No Score Yet Convicts 4 Warden 1962
No Score Yet Last of the Vikings (Ultimo dei Vikinghi, L') Actor 1961
No Score Yet Highway Patrol Every Episode Actor 1960
No Score Yet Goliath and the Dragon Re Eurito/King Eurystheus 1960
No Score Yet The Decks Ran Red Henry Scott 1958
No Score Yet The Fastest Gun Alive Vinnie Harold 1956
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell Capt. 'Waco' Grimes 1956
100% Il Bidone (The Swindle) (The Swindlers) Augusto 1955
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Dr. Aarons 1955
No Score Yet Big House, U.S.A. Rollo Lamar 1955
No Score Yet New York Confidential Charlie Lupo 1955
No Score Yet Down Three Dark Streets FBI Agent John 'Rip' Ripley 1954
53% Human Desire Carl Buckley 1954
No Score Yet Night People Leatherby 1954
No Score Yet Last Of The Comanches Sgt. Matt Trainor 1953
No Score Yet The Last Posse Sheriff Frazier 1953
No Score Yet Lone Star Thomas Craden 1952
100% Scandal Sheet Mark Chapman aka George Grant 1952
No Score Yet The Mob Johnny Damico 1951
95% Born Yesterday Harry Brock 1950
No Score Yet Convicted George Knowland 1950
97% All the King's Men Willie Stark 1949
No Score Yet Night Unto Night Shawn 1949
No Score Yet A Kiss In The Dark Actor 1949
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life Policeman 1948
No Score Yet Sealed Verdict Capt. Kinsella 1948
No Score Yet Black Angel Capt. Flood 1946
95% I Married a Witch Actor 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Jug Martin 1942
No Score Yet The Black Cat Hubert A. Gilmore 'Gil' Smith 1941
No Score Yet Badlands of Dakota Bob Holliday 1941
No Score Yet Seven Sinners Edward Patrick "Little Ned" 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable Russell Sampson 1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode Bob Dalton 1940
No Score Yet Trail Of The Vigilantes Actor 1940
No Score Yet Texas Rangers Ride Again Mace Townsley 1940
No Score Yet Eternally Yours Don Barnes 1939
No Score Yet The Real Glory Lt. Swede Larson 1939
100% Beau Geste Hank Miller 1939
No Score Yet Submarine D-1 Mike 1937
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man Hunk Williams 1937

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Motorist
  • 1977
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1977
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Fulton
  • 1972
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Harvey
  • 1970
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Madre
  • 1969
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Stuart
  • 1969
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Jud Hammerklein
  • 1964

QUOTES FROM Broderick Crawford CHARACTERS

Harry Brock
Shut up and do what IO;m telling you
Harry Brock
Shut up and do what I'm telling you.