George Raft Overview:

Legendary actor, George Raft, was born George Ranft on Sep 26, 1901 in New York City, NY. Raft died at the age of 79 on Nov 24, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, CA.

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. George Raft's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #53 on Mar 25, 1940. Raft was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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George Raft Quotes:

Countess von Claudwig: You pick 'em young, don't you?
Jack Houston: They pick me. Why, I'm catnip to the skirts.


Ray Angelo, alias Ray Ferraro: I figured I'd go after some smart money.
Jack Conrad: Are you all through with that?
Ray Angelo, alias Ray Ferraro: Mister, there is no smart money.


Gloria Vance: You have no inhibitions, have you?
Tony West: I can't afford them.


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His father was reported to having two thriving businesses: During the winter, the elder Raft was superintendent of the John Wanamaker department store. In the summer he owned and managed a merry-go-round at a small amusement park at Hasting-on-the-Hudson, New York. That merry-go-round was a family affair, began by George's grandfather. This was at Coney Island, Brooklyn.

His parents Conrad and Eva Ranft had ten children, nine of them boys, with George the eldest.

A lifelong baseball fan, by 1955 he had attended the World Series for the past 25 years.

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