Charles McGraw

Happy birthday to CharlesMcGrawactor Charles McGraw, born May 10, 1914 in Des Moines, IA.  With his unmistakable gravelly voice and jagged features, Charles McGraw had a long and prolific career in film and television that spanned four decades.  His gruff demeanor was ideally suited to roles as thugs, military men, and cops, of which he played many.  He began his film career in the early 1940s with parts in several war films, but it was his portrayal of a hit man in the classic noir film The Killers (1946) that got audiences to notice and made him a mainstay of film noir.  McGraw went on to appear in more than a dozen more classic noir films:  The Long Night (1947), Brute Force (1947) uncredited, The Gangster (1947), T-Men (1947), The Hunted (1948), Berlin Express (1948) uncredited, Border Incident (1949), The Threat (1949), Side Street (1949), Armored Car Robbery (1950), His Kind of Woman (1951), Roadblock (1951), The Narrow Margin (1952), Loophole (1954), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957), and The Man in the Net (1959).  McGraw played a gladiator trainer in Spartacus (1960), and later in his career, appeared in The Birds (1963), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Hang ‘Em High (1968), In Cold Blood (1967), and A Boy and His Dog (1975).  On television, McGraw starred in the Adventures of the Falcon (1954-55) and made appearances in dozens of shows throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, including: Wagon Train, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, 77 Sunset Strip, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Wild Wild West, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke.  McGraw died in a freak accident when he slipped and fell through a glass shower door in 1980.  He was 66.

 

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