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Charles McGraw

Charles McGraw

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Also Known As: Died: July 29, 1980
Born: May 10, 1914 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... actor
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albatros1 ( 2007-10-04 )

Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Born Charles Butters in Ohio May 10, 1914, square-jawed Charles McGraw grew up to become an actor and eventually made his first movie in 1942. At first it seemed as though McGraw would spend his movie career playing bit parts as movie tough guys and gangsters, but the actor later developed into an unconventional but appealing leading man. A gravelly voice, unsmiling bearing and rugged looks enhanced his appeal in film noir classics. His career was hampered somewhat by his bearing a slight resemblance to Kirk Douglas. Gravel-voiced McGraw's notable roles include: playing the grumpy cop hired to protect Marie Windsor in the b-movie film noir classic The Narrow Margin (1952); Spartacus as Kirk Douglas' gladiator trainer; Lt. Jim Cordell in Armored Car Robbery (1950); Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963); and the cult classic A Boy and His Dog playing "The Preacher". He also starred in the TV version of Casablanca (1955) taking over Humphrey Bogart's role as Rick (although his last name was changed to "Jason"). A non speaking role was that of one of the two killers (William Conrad the other) in the classic " The Killers", the 1946 noir that introduced Burt Lancaster, written by Ernest Hemingway. McGraw died accidentally in 1980 after slipping and falling through a glass shower door.

LYDECKER44 ( 2007-10-12 )

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Just a little correction re "The Killers". McGraw did have some dialogue in that scene. Also the script was not written by Hemingway. He wrote the short story which inspired that terrific opening scene (the rest of the narrative was made up by Anthony Veiller and (uncredited) John Huston)

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