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:

Mary Richards: Ah, couldn't you let a girl sit here 'til it stops raining?
Harry Glynn: Not a chance. The paper says this rain's gonna keep up for ten days.


Joe Lane: Black, I'll give you $7,500 cash for your half of the horse.
Marty Black: You're just 32 and four-fifths seconds late.


Cassie Hartley: You're a nice guy. But you've got to remember that nice guys always leave when ladies ask them to.
Joe Fabrini: That nice, I ain't.


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As a teenager, he was a bat-boy for the New York Highlanders (Yankees), tried out for semi-pro baseball, boxed at the Polo Athletic Club and hustled pool.

July 1939: Signed a long-term contract with Warner Bros. Studios.

According to James Cagney's autobiography Cagney By Cagney, (Published by Doubleday and Company Inc 1976), a Mafia plan to murder Cagney by dropping a several hundred pound klieg light on top of him was stopped at the insistence of George Raft. Cagney at that time was President of the Screen Actors Guild and was determined not to let the mob infiltrate the industry. Raft used his 'many' mob connections to cancel the hit.

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