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Broderick Crawford (I) (1911–1986)

Broderick Crawford is best remembered for two roles: his Oscar-winning turn as Willie Stark in All the King's Men (1949), and as Chief Dan Mathews on the syndicated TV series Highway Patrol (1955). He was also memorable as Judy Holliday's boisterous boyfriend in Born Yesterday (1950). He was born William Broderick Crawford on December 9, 1911, in ... See full bio »

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Highway Patrol
Highway Patrol Chief Dan Mathews / Dan Mathews
All the King's Men
All the King's Men Willie Stark
Born Yesterday
Born Yesterday Harry Brock
King of Diamonds
King of Diamonds John King


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 1983 The Creature Wasn't Nice
Max the Computer (voice, uncredited)
 1982 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Kern Barnett
- Rough Rider Rides Again (1982) ... Kern Barnett
 1982 Liar's Moon
Col. Tubman
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Jake Dutton
- Lillian Russell/The Lagoon (1981) ... Jake Dutton
 1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
- Dead Ringer (1981) ... Winslow
 1981 The Uppercrust
Mike Carrady
 1980 There Goes the Bride
Gas Station Attendant
 1980 Harlequin
Doc Wheelan
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
- South by Southwest (1978) ... Willard
 1977 CHiPs (TV Series)
Broderick Crawford
- Hustle (1977) ... Broderick Crawford (uncredited)
 1977 Ningen no shômei
Police Captain O'Brien
 1976 Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Movie)
Marshal Riese
 1976 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (TV Movie)
Sheriff Holtzman
 1976 Hunter (TV Series)
Gen. Meeker
- Hunter (1976) ... Gen. Meeker
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
Special Effects Man
 1976 City of Angels (TV Series)
- The Losers (1976)
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Joe Hudson
- The God Syndrome (1975) ... Joe Hudson
 1974 Harry O (TV Series)
John Mackenzie
- Forty Reasons to Kill: Part 2 (1974) ... John Mackenzie (credit only)
- Forty Reasons to Kill: Part 1 (1974) ... John Mackenzie
 1974 Paradise (TV Movie)
 1974 The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Movie)
Capt. O'Neal
 1973 Terror in the Wax Museum
Amos Burns
 1973 Jigsaw (TV Series)
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Gilbert Deretzo
- No Sign of the Cross (1972) ... Gilbert Deretzo
 1972 The Candidate
Jarmon as Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Joseph Fulton (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
- The Sins of the Fathers/You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore (1972) ... Joseph Fulton (segment "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore")
 1972 Adventures of Nick Carter (TV Movie)
Otis Duncan
 1972 Embassy
Frank Dunniger
 1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Chester E. Powers
- The Man Who Broke the Bank at Red Gap (1972) ... Chester E. Powers
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Wes Novak
- Requiem for Miss Madrid (1971) ... Wes Novak
 1971 The Man and the City (TV Series)
Holland Sr.
- Disaster on Turner Street (1971) ... Holland Sr.
 1971 A Tattered Web (TV Movie)
Willard Edson
 1970 Maharlika
Gen. Hadley
 1970 Gregorio and His Angel
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie)
Gen. Lewis Meyers
 1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Harvey Galishaw
- Fortune City (1970) ... Harvey Galishaw
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Inspector Ed Harlow
- A Perfect Piece of Casting (1970) ... Inspector Ed Harlow
 1970 Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht
B.J Hankins
 1970 Hell's Bloody Devils
 1970 Ransom Money
Inspector Joseph Medford
 1968-1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Bianchi / Wolf Lang / Harry Ricco
- The Power (1969) ... Bianchi
- Blind Man's Bluff (1969) ... Wolf Lang
- High on a Rainbow (1968) ... Harry Ricco
 1969 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Francis Adams (segment "Love and the Dating Computer")
- Love and the Dating Computer/Love and the Busy Husband/Love and the Watchdog (1969) ... Francis Adams (segment "Love and the Dating Computer")
 1969 Get Smart (TV Series)
C. Errol Madre
- The Treasure of C. Errol Madre (1969) ... C. Errol Madre
 1969 Land of the Giants (TV Series)
Prof. Gorn
- The Mechanical Man (1969) ... Prof. Gorn
 1969 Ironside (TV Series)
Jack Stuart
- In Search of an Artist (1969) ... Jack Stuart
 1968 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
A-1 Joe Lehigh
- The Blue Moon Train (1968) ... A-1 Joe Lehigh
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mark Tenza
- The 'J' for Judas Affair (1967) ... Mark Tenza
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Soyil Irosian
- The Low Blue C Affair (1967) ... Soyil Irosian
 1967 Red Tomahawk
Columbus Smith
 1966 The Vulture
Brian F. Stroud
 1966 The Texican
Luke Starr
 1964-1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Bill Thayer / Col. Harper / Mile
- Brilliant Benjamin Boggs (1966) ... Bill Thayer
- March from Camp Tyler (1965) ... Col. Harper
- The Meal Ticket (1964) ... Mile
 1966 Mutiny at Fort Sharpe
Colonel Lenox
 1966 Kid Rodelo
Joe Harbin
 1965 Up from the Beach
MP Major
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Walter 'Pop' Tullett
- The Long Ravine (1965) ... Walter 'Pop' Tullett
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Amos Cavanaugh
- Gambit by the Golden Gate (1965) ... Amos Cavanaugh
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Milhew Court / Tristram Corporal / Hamilton Talbert / ...
- Who Killed Davidian Jonas? (1964) ... Milhew Court
- Who Killed 711? (1964) ... Tristram Corporal
- Who Killed Avery Lord? (1964) ... Hamilton Talbert
- Who Killed Snooky Martinelli? (1964) ... Carlos Varga
 1964 A House Is Not a Home
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Jud Hammerklein
- Incident at Deadhorse: Part II (1964) ... Jud Hammerklein
- Incident at Deadhorse: Part I (1964) ... Jud Hammerklein
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
- The Solid Gold Girl (1964) ... Oakley
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Grant Randolph
- A Flame in the Dark (1963) ... Grant Randolph
 1963 The Virginian (TV Series)
George Wolfe
- A Killer in Town (1963) ... George Wolfe
 1963 No temas a la ley
Man in hotel (uncredited)
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
- Shadow of a Man (1963) ... Keyes
 1963 The Castilian
Don Sancho
 1962 Convicts 4
 1961 Square of Violence
Dr. Stefan Bernardi
 1958 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Sgt. Foley
- Two Graves for Swan Valley (1958) ... Sgt. Foley
 1958 The Decks Ran Red
Henry Scott
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
- Knockout (1956)
 1956 Between Heaven and Hell
Capt. 'Waco' Grimes - 'G' Co. CO
 1956 The Fastest Gun Alive
Vinnie Harold
 1955 Man on a Bus (Short)
Bus driver
 1955 Not as a Stranger
Dr. Aarons
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Heine Schmitz
- Dancing Dan's Christmas (1955) ... Heine Schmitz
 1955 New York Confidential
Charlie Lupo
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Walter Reed
- Yellow Jack (1955) ... Walter Reed
 1954 Down Three Dark Streets
FBI Agent John 'Rip' Ripley
 1954 Human Desire
Carl Buckley
 1954 Night People
Charles Leatherby
 1953-1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Joe Mitchell
- Man from Outside (1954) ... Joe Mitchell
- Desert Tragedy (1953)
 1952-1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Socko Renard / David
- The Return of Socko Renard (1953) ... Socko Renard
- Man at Bay (1952) ... David
 1953 The Last Posse
Sheriff John Frazier
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Borrowed Furs (1953)
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Mike Fargo
- Margin for Fear (1953) ... Lt. Mike Fargo
 1953 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Ride the River (1953) ... Scott
 1953 Last of the Comanches
Sgt. Matt Trainor
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Mike Dundee
- Knockout (1953) ... Mike Dundee
 1952 Lone Star
Thomas Craden
 1952 Scandal Sheet
Mark Chapman
 1951 We, the People (TV Series)
 1951 The Mob
Johnny Damico
 1950 Cargo to Capetown
Johnny Phelan
 1949 Night Unto Night
C.L. Shawn
 1949 A Kiss in the Dark
Mr. Botts
 1948 Sealed Verdict
Capt. Kinsella
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Krupp (a bewildered policeman)
 1947 The Flame
Ernie Hicks
 1947 Slave Girl
Chips Jackson
 1946 The Runaround
Louis Prentiss
 1942 Keeping Fit (Short)
Brod - Factory Worker
 1942 Sin Town
Dude McNair
 1942 Men of Texas
Henry Clay Jackson
 1942 North to the Klondike
John Thorn
 1941 South of Tahiti
 1941 Badlands of Dakota
Bob Holliday
 1941 Tight Shoes
Speedy Miller
 1941 The Black Cat
Hubert A. Gilmore 'Gil' Smith
 1940 Texas Rangers Ride Again
Mace Townsley
 1940 Trail of the Vigilantes
 1939 Slightly Honorable
Russ Sampson
 1939 Eternally Yours
Don Burns
 1939 The Real Glory
Lieut. Larson
 1939 Island of Lost Men
Tex Ballister
 1939 Undercover Doctor
Eddie Krator
 1939 Sudden Money
Archibald 'Doc' Finney
 1939 Ambush
 1938 Start Cheering
Biff Gordon
 1937 Woman Chases Man
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Self (22 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

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Stage: Appeared (as "Boop Oglethorpe"; Broadway debut) in "Sweet Mystery of Life" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallack and George Haight. Shubert Theatre: 11 Oct 1935-Oct 1935 (closing date unknown/11 performances). Cast included: Evelyn Allen, Edward Butler, Hobart Cavanaugh (as "Rosmer Peek"), Mady ... See more »

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My trademarks are a hoarse, grating voice and the face of a retired pugilist: small narrowed eyes set in puffy features which look as though they might, years ago, have lost on points.


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 210-211. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999. See more »


Machine gun delivery of dialogue in Born Yesterday (1950) and Highway Patrol (1955) See more »



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