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Geoge Raft Licensing
Hollywood's Reluctant Gangster
September 26, 1895 – November 24, 1980
As a young man, George raft displayed an aptitude for dancing, and his elegant fashion sense enabled him to gain employment as a dancer in New York City nightclubs. In 1929, Raft relocated to Hollywood. His recognition came in Scarface (1932), and Raft's convincing portrayal led to speculation that Raft was a gangster. He was one of the three most popular gangster actors of the 1930s, with James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. The years 1940 and 1941 proved to be Raft's career peak. He went into professional decline over the next decade, in part due to turning down some of the famous roles in movie history, notably High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon; both roles transformed Humphrey Bogart from supporting player to a major force in Hollywood in 1941. Raft was also reported to have turned down Bogart's role in Casablanca.
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"Part went on gambling, some on women. The rest I spent foolishly".
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