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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 10 May 1914Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Date of Death 30 July 1980Studio City, California, USA  (after falling through a glass shower door)
Birth NameCharles Butters
Nickname Charlie
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gravel voiced, stoney faced & grizzled looking actor Charles McGraw notched up dozens of TV and film appearances often portraying law enforcement figures or military officers, plus the odd shifty gangster. Noted appearances include as dogged cop Det. Sgt. Walter Brown protecting a mob witness in the 1952 noir classic The Narrow Margin (1952) , as resolute Lt. Jim Cordell pursuing armed bandits in Armored Car Robbery (1950), as the gladiatorial trainer Marcellus taunting slave Kirk Douglas in the epic Spartacus (1960), as William Holden naval commander in the Korean War drama The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) and as jaded police officer Lt. Matthews assisting Spencer Tracy in the all-star comedy, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Died in 1980 after a tragic accident in which he slipped and fell through a glass shower door.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44

Spouse (1)

Freda Choy Kitt (12 October 1938 - 1967) (1 child)

Trivia (2)

In September of 1955, McGraw surfaced in the Humphrey Bogart role as Rick in the TV version of Casablanca (1955) for ABC. It lasted only one season. For some reason, however, Rick's last name here was Jason. NBC revived the series again (Casablanca (1983)), this time with David Soul of Starsky and Hutch (1975) fame and with the lead character's name reverted back to the film's original -- Rick Blaine.
Karen Burroughs Hannsberry has a short biography of him in her book "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir".

Salary (1)

Armored Car Robbery (1950) $750 per week

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