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George Raft
GeorgeRaft
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States of America
Date of Birth: 1901
Date of Death: 1980
Cause of Death: Leukemia
Occupation: Actor
Spouse: Grace Mulrooney (d. 1970)
Turtledove Appearances:
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Two Fronts
Type of Appearance: Direct
George Raft (born George Ranft; September 26, 1901 – November 24, 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 George Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in Howard Hawks' Scarface (1932), William Keighley's Each Dawn I Die (1939), and Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot, as a dancer in Bolero (1934), a truck driver in They Drive by Night (1940), and as himself in the British spy spoof Casino Royale (1967). Raft's real-life association with New York City gangsters gave his screen image in mob films an added realism.

George Raft in The War That Came EarlyEdit

George Raft was a famous Hollywood actor, and a committed Democrat. In 1942, in advance of the Congressional election, he gave a stump-speech at a Masonic lodge in Scranton, Pennsylvania that tore the GOP a "new one."[1]

Afterward, he invited fellow speaker Peggy Druce back to his hotel room. She declined his invitation, which he accepted with grace and humor.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Two Fronts, pg. 157.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 157-158.

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