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Charles McGraw

Highest Rated:   100% The Narrow Margin (1952)
Lowest Rated:   40% The Killer Inside Me (1976)
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Gravel-voiced, granite-faced stage actor Charles McGraw made his first film The Moon is Down in 1943. At first it seemed as though McGraw would spend his movie career languishing in villainy, but while working at RKO in the late 1940s-early 1950s, the actor developed into an unorthodox but fascinating leading man. His shining hour (actually 72 minutes) was the role of the embittered detective assigned to protect mob witness Marie Windsor in the 1952 noir classic The Narrow Margin. McGraw continued being cast in the raffish-hero mold on television, essaying the lead in the 1954 syndicated series Adventures of Falcon and assuming the Bogartesque role of café owner Rick Blaine in the 1955 weekly TV adaptation of Casablanca (1955) (his last regular TV work was the supporting part of Captain Hughes on the 1971 Henry Fonda starrer The Smith Family). Active until the mid-1970s, Charles McGraw growled and scowled his way through such choice character roles as gladiator trainer Marcellus in Spartacus (1960), Sebastian Sholes in Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), and The Preacher in the cult favorite A Boy and His Dog (1975).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Nightmare In Chicago
  • Actor
2012
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Gen. Peter Crane
1977
40% The Killer Inside Me
  • Hendricks
1976
75% A Boy and His Dog
  • Preacher
1975
No Score Yet Chandler
  • Bernie Oakman
1971
70% Johnny Got His Gun
  • Mike
1971
86% The Night Stalker
  • Chief Masterson
1971
91% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
  • Frank Wilson
1969
92% Hang 'em High
  • Actor
1968
91% In Cold Blood
  • Smith's Father
1967
No Score Yet The Busy Body
  • Fred Harwell
1967
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Lieutenant
1963
96% The Birds
  • Sebastian Sholes
1963
No Score Yet The Horizontal Lieutenant
  • Col. Charles Korotny
1961
No Score Yet Cimarron
  • Bob Yountis
1960
96% Spartacus
  • Marcellus
1960
No Score Yet The Man in the Net
  • Steve Ritter
1959
No Score Yet The Wonderful Country
  • Doc Stovall
1959
81% The Defiant Ones
  • Capt. Frank Gibbons
1958
No Score Yet Saddle the Wind
  • Larry Venables
1958
No Score Yet Toward the Unknown
  • Col. 'Mickey' McKee
1956
No Score Yet Away All Boats
  • Lt. Mike O'Bannion
1956
No Score Yet Casablanca
  • Actor
1956
78% The Bridges at Toko-Ri
  • Cmdr. Wayne Lee
1954
No Score Yet Loophole
  • Gus Slavin
1954
No Score Yet Thunder Over the Plains
  • Ben Westman
1953
No Score Yet War Paint
  • Sgt. Clarke
1953
No Score Yet One Minute to Zero
  • Sfc. Baker
1952
100% The Narrow Margin
  • Det. Sgt. Walter Brown
1952
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman
  • Thompson
1951
No Score Yet Roadblock
  • Joe Peters
1951
No Score Yet Double Crossbones
  • Capt. Ben Wickett
1951
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
  • `Shotgun' Mike Munger
1950
83% Side Street
  • Stanley Simon
1950
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery
  • Lt. Jim Cordell
1950
No Score Yet The Threat
  • Arnold 'Red' Kluger
1949
No Score Yet The Story of Molly X
  • Capt. Breen
1949
67% Border Incident
  • Jeff Amboy
1949
No Score Yet Reign of Terror
  • Sergeant
1949
No Score Yet Berlin Express
  • Col. Johns
1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225
  • Engineroom Chief
1948
No Score Yet Blood on the Moon
  • Milo Sweet
1948
No Score Yet The Hunted
  • Detective
1948
100% T-Men
  • Moxie
1947
No Score Yet The Gangster
  • Dugas
1947
No Score Yet Roses Are Red
  • Duke
1947
No Score Yet On the Old Spanish Trail
  • Harry Blaisdell
1947
No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter
  • Fisher
1947
91% Brute Force
  • Andy
1947
No Score Yet The Long Night
  • Policeman
1947
100% The Killers
  • Killer
1946
No Score Yet Destroyer
  • Assistant Chief Engineer
1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down
  • Ole
1943
No Score Yet They Came to Blow Up America
  • Zellerbach
1943
No Score Yet The Mad Ghoul
  • Detective Garrity
1943
No Score Yet The Undying Monster (The Hammond Mystery)
  • Stredwick
1942

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