George Raft

George Raft
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George Raft
Film: South side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
George Raft
TV: East side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Born George Rauft on Sept. 26, 1895 in New York, NY
Died Nov. 19, 1980

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).

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