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George Raft



Raft spent his childhood in the tough Hell's Kitchen area of New York, then left home at 13. He went on to be a prizefighter, ballroom dancer, and taxi-driver, meanwhile maintaining close contacts with New York's gangster underworld. He eventually made it to Broadway, then went to Hollywood in the late '20s. At first considered a Valentino-like romantic lead, Raft soon discovered his forte in gangster roles. He was the actor most responsible for creating the '30s cinema image of gangster-as-hero, particularly after his portrayal of coin-flipping Guido Rinaldo in Scarface (1932). He was highly successful for almost two decades, but then bad casting diminished his popularity. By the early '50s he was acting in European films in a vain attempt to regain critical respect, but he was unsuccessful. He starred in the mid-'50s TV series "I Am the Law," a failure that seriously hurt his financial status. In 1959 a Havana casino he owned was closed by the Castro government, further damaging his revenues; meanwhile, he owed a great deal to the U.S. government in back taxes. In the mid '60s he was denied entry into England (where he managed a high-class gambling club) due to his underworld associations. Most of his film appearances after 1960 were cameos. He was portrayed by Ray Danton in the biopic The George Raft Story (1961).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Every Night At Eight
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Broadway
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Man with Bogart's Face
  • Petey Cane
1980
25% Sextette
  • Himself
1978
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles
  • Himself
1972
40% Hammersmith Is Out
  • Guido Scartucci
1972
36% Skidoo
  • Capt. Garbaldo
1968
No Score Yet Madigan's Millions
  • Actor
1968
29% Casino Royale
  • Himself
1967
No Score Yet Five Golden Dragons
  • Dragon #2
1967
No Score Yet Du rififi à Paname (The Upper Hand)
  • Actor
1966
80% The Patsy
  • Himself
1964
No Score Yet For Those Who Think Young
  • Detective
1964
100% The Ladies' Man
  • Himself
1961
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • Jack Strager
1960
96% Some Like It Hot
  • Spats Columbo
1959
No Score Yet Jet over the Atlantic
  • Stafford
1959
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Bouncer at Barbary Coast Saloon
1956
No Score Yet Rogue Cop
  • Dan Beaumonte
1955
No Score Yet A Bullet for Joey
  • Joe Victor
1955
No Score Yet Black Widow
  • Det. Lt. C.A. Bruce
1954
No Score Yet I'll Get You
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet I Am the Law
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Loan Shark
  • Joe Gargen
1952
No Score Yet The Last Page (Man Bait)
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Lucky Nick Cain
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Johnny Legend Presents TV Noir
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet A Dangerous Profession
  • Vince Kane
1949
No Score Yet Red Light
  • Johnny Torno
1949
No Score Yet Johnny Allegro
  • Johnny Allegro
1949
No Score Yet Outpost in Morocco
  • Capt. Paul Gerard
1949
No Score Yet Christmas Eve
  • Mario Torio
1947
No Score Yet Nocturne
  • Lt. Joe Warne
1946
No Score Yet Mr. Ace
  • Eddie Ace
1946
No Score Yet Whistle Stop
  • Kenny
1946
No Score Yet Mister Ace
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Johnny Angel
  • Johnny Angel
1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill
  • Tony Angelo
1945
No Score Yet Background to Danger
  • Joe Barton
1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Johnny Marshall
1941
95% They Drive by Night
  • Joe Fabrini
1940
No Score Yet The House Across the Bay
  • Steve Larwitt
1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes
  • Cliff Taylor
1939
No Score Yet I Stole A Million
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die
  • 'Hood' Stacey
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Spawn of the North
  • Tyler Dawson
1938
100% You and Me
  • Joe Dennis
1938
No Score Yet Souls at Sea
  • Powdah
1937
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)
  • Spot Ricardi
1935
No Score Yet The Glass Key
  • Ed Beaumont
1935
No Score Yet Rumba
  • Joe Martin
1935
No Score Yet Bolero
  • Raoul De Baere
1934
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Steve Brodie
1933
No Score Yet Night After Night
  • Joe Anton
1932
No Score Yet Madame Racketeer
  • Jack Houston
1932
No Score Yet Night World
  • Ed Powell
1932
100% Scarface
  • Guino Rinaldo
1932
No Score Yet Taxi!
  • William `Willie' Kenny
1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million
  • Eddie Jackson
1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions
  • Jimmy Kirk
1931
No Score Yet Palmy Days
  • Joe
1931
No Score Yet Goldie
  • Pickpocket
1931

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Himself

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