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  4. George's mother, Eva (Glockner), was born in Germany. Theft of $3150 worth of jewelry and clothing from Beverly Hills home at 1218 Coldwater Canyon Road reported May 10, 1939. The "Hell's Kitchen" set built for George in 'Invisible Stripes' was an exact replica of Raft's own New York birthplace.

  5. George's mother, Eva (Glockner), was born in Germany. Theft of $3150 worth of jewelry and clothing from Beverly Hills home at 1218 Coldwater Canyon Road reported May 10, 1939. The "Hell's Kitchen" set built for George in 'Invisible Stripes' was an exact replica of Raft's own New York birthplace.

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    • September 26, 1901 in New York, New York, USA
  6. Jun 20, 2021 · George Raft was born and grew up in a poor family in Hell's Kitchen, at the time one of the roughest, meanest areas of New York City. He was born George Ranft, and was the son of Eva (Glockner) and Conrad Ranft, a department store deliveryman.

  7. › wiki › George_RaftGeorge Raft - Wikipedia

    • Early Life
    • Career as A Dancer
    • Los Angeles and Early Films
    • Scarface
    • Paramount
    • Warner Bros: 1939–1943
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    George Raft was born in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, to a family of German Jewish descent, the son of Eva (née Glockner), a German immigrant, and Conrad Ranft, who was born in Massachusetts to German immigrant parents.His parents were married on November 17, 1895, in Manhattan. George's elder sister, Eva, known as "Katie", was born on April 18, 1896. Raft's grandfather had emigrated from Germany, and worked on merry-go-rounds and prospected for gold; his father worked in carnivals before settling in New York. Most obituaries cited Raft's year of birth as 1895, which the actor had stated was correct when he appeared on The Mike Douglas Show, 7 months prior to his death. However, Raft is recorded in the New York City Birth Index as having been born on September 26, 1901, in Manhattan as "George Rauft" (although "Rauft" is likely a mistranscription of "Ranft"); the 1900 census for New York City lists his elder sister, Katie, as his parents' only child, with two children born and only...

    Raft had been taught how to dance by his mother and had danced at outdoor amusement parks and carnivals with his parents. Following his baseball career, he began working as a taxi dancerin the poorer sections of New York. At first he struggled financially, but then he won a Charleston competition and was launched professionally. He started doing exhibition dances in the afternoon at Healy's, Murray's, Rectors and Churchills in New York. He then started working in New York City nightclubs, often in the same venues as Rudolph Valentino before Valentino became a movie actor. He had a notable collaboration with Elsie Pilcer. A May 1924 review in the Variety magazinecalled him "gifted". "I could have been the first X-rated dancer", he said later. "I was very erotic. I used to caress myself as I danced. I never felt I was a great dancer. I was more of a stylist, unique. I was never a Fred Astaire or a Gene Kelly, but I was sensuous." Raft toured with his dancing and helped popularise the...

    Owney Madden told him he ought to be in movies, and Raft decided to try it after being threatened by the husband of a woman he had been seeing. In 1927, Raft relocated to Hollywood. It took him a while to establish himself, and he danced in clubs to pay the bills. In October 1928, he appeared in a stage show presented by Texas Guinan called Night Club. The Los Angeles Times said Raft "scores a tremendous individual hit." Varietysaid Raft appeared at the climax when he "came to the front and did his eccentric dance routine, which he climaxed with the hottest black bottom ever. He goaled the audience, being the big punch of the show."

    Raft's big break came when cast as the second lead, alongside Paul Muni as Tony Camonte, in Scarface, directed by Howard Hawks, where he played second-in-command Guino Rinaldo, who falls in love with Camonte's sister and is murdered by him. Raft's performance was notable for his character's frequently flipping a coin (a nickel) during scenes, which became an iconic trope in gangster films. While others claimed credit for this gangster mannerism, writer W.R. Burnett said it was Raft. "He realized he wasn't a good actor, which he wasn't. But he knew if he reacted to what other people said, he was effective." The film was shot in September 1931, but not released by United Artistsuntil the following year. It was a landmark hit and therefore a star-making role for Raft. "That was the big one", he said. "People remembered me. I was getting real fan mail – by the bushel basket – and even a dumb kid from 10th Avenue could figure out how to translate that into money." After filming Scarface,...

    Raft signed a contract with Paramount in March 1932. The following month he was cast in a supporting role for Madame Racketeer (1932) – contemporary reports referred to his "menacing suavity". He was announced for Ladies of the Big Housewith Sylvia Sidney and Gene Raymond.

    Raft received an offer from Warner Bros. to appear opposite James Cagney in a prison film, called Each Dawn I Die (1939). He followed this with I Stole a Million (1939) for Universal. Each Dawn I Diewas a big success and Warners offered Raft a long-term contract in July 1939, at three films a year. Hal Wallislater wrote that "Our association with Raft was a constant struggle from start to finish. Hypersensitive to public accusations of underworld connections, he flatly refused to play the heavy in any film... Time and time again we offered him gangster parts and time and time again he turned them down." Raft was meant to remake The Patent Leather Kid, one of his favorite films and appear in the story of John Dillinger film with Cagney, but both projects were called off. Instead he was assigned to Invisible Stripes (1939) with William Holden as his brother and Humphrey Bogart in support. Raft was borrowed by Walter Wanger to play a gangster in The House Across the Bay (1940), which w...


    In 1955 Raft was offered the chance to buy a 2% share in the Flamingo Hotelfor $65,000 if he acted as entertainment director. Raft agreed, but was rejected for a gaming license because of "too many associations with underworld figures". He appealed, arguing he knew many gangsters, "but I never did business with any of them" and managed to get the decision overturned in December 1955. He went to work at the hotel negotiating their show business deals. He was hired by Santo Trafficante, Jr. to...

    Return to movie making

    In July 1958, Raft was offered a role in his first movie in four years: Some Like It Hot (1959), playing a gangster. Due to Marilyn Monroe's tardiness on set, it turned into 16 weeks of work. He made a film in England, Jet Over the Atlantic. The success of Some Like It Hot did not lead to a comeback, but Raft managed to get roles as a casino owner in Ocean's 11 (1960), and had a cameo as himself in The Ladies Man (1961). In Britain he was in a pilot that never went to series, Two Guys Abroad...


    Raft received an offer from Andy Neatrour to work as a host and part owner of a gambling club in London, the Colony Club. He went there in 1966. While there, he had parts in several movies, including a cameo in 1967's James Bond spoof Casino Royale, a French film with Jean Gabin as the main character, The Upper Hand (1966), and Five Golden Dragons(1967). The club was a success. However, after he went to the US for a short holiday he was banned from re-entering the UK in 1967 as an "undesirabl...

    When James Cagney became president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1942 for a two-year term, he took a role in the guild's fight against the Mafia, which had taken an active interest in the movie industry. Cagney's wife, Billie, once received a phone call telling her that Cagney was dead.Cagney alleged that, having failed to scare him and the Guild off, they sent a hitman to kill him by dropping a heavy light on to his head. On hearing about the rumor of the hit, George Raft made a call, and the hit was supposedly cancelled. Raft was interviewed by FBI agents in 1938 and 1953. The 1938 interview was about his knowledge of Louis Buchalter and Jacob Shapiro. Raft was investigated for tax evasion in 1942. In 1944, Raft's name was mentioned in connection with an illegal dice game.[citation needed] In 1944, he gave evidence when Bugsy Siegel was on trial for bookmaking. In 1946, Raft was sued by an attorney in Australia for assault. Raft was present with Bugsy Siegel in 1946, when the latt...

    Raft married Grace Mulrooney (1902–1970) in 1923, long before his stardom. The pair separated soon thereafter, but the devoutly Catholic Mulrooney refused to grant a divorce, and Raft officially remained married to her and continued to support her, until her death in 1970. A romantic figure in Hollywood, Raft had love affairs with Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead, Carole Lombard and Mae West. He stated publicly that he wanted to marry Norma Shearer, with whom he had a long romance, but his wife's refusal to allow a divorce eventually caused Shearer to end the affair. Raft died from emphysema at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, on November 24, 1980. Raft left behind no will. His estate consisted of a $10,000 insurance policy and some furniture. In the last years of his life he had mainly lived on $800 a month, a combination of social security and his pension. He was interred in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. Raft's personal effects, wardrobe, etc...

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    1. Hollywood on Parade No. A-9(1933) 2. Hollywood on Parade No. B-5(1933) 3. Hollywood on Parade No. B-8(1934) 4. The Fashion Side of Hollywood(1935) 5. Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 4(1938) 6. Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play(1941) 7. Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2(1941) 8. Hollywood Park(1946) 9. Screen Snapshots: Vacation at Del Mar(1949)

    Roles rejected

    Raft turned down roles in the following films:

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