Actor George Raft established himself as a top movie gangster by casually flipping a half-dollar as Paul Muni shot him to death with a .45 in the 1932 film "Scarface."
Actor, gambler, fighter, dancer, lover and profligate Raft had made the journey from childhood poverty to film opulence and back to near destruction with style and bravado. If there was a fight, he was in it. If there was a divorce, he was named correspondent. If there was a studio dispute, he was on suspension.
Raft's career continued unabated through the late '30s and early '40s with such films as "The Glass Key" (1935), "Spawn of the North" (1938) and "Background to Danger" (1943).