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George Raft (born George Ranft; September 26, 1895 24 November 1980) was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in the original Scarface (1932), Each Dawn I Die (1939), and Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, as a dancer in Bolero (1934), and a truck driver in They Drive by Night (1940).

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  • Born: George Rauft September 26, 1901 New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Died: November 24, 1980 (aged 79) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1924–1978
  • Religion: German Catholic (schismatic sect)
  • Spouse(s): Grace Mulrooney (1923-1970; her death)

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Writing of 1939’s James Cagney-George Raft big-house melodrama “Each Dawn I Die,” late film historian David Shipman said, “The title presumably referred to prison life, and suggested gloom and tragedy. But the way they played it, it was rather a thrill a second.” There’s something of a similar disconnect to ...

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In Otto Preminger's 1968 comedy “Skidoo”: from far left, John Phillip Law, Frankie Avalon, Alexandra Hay and George Raft.

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