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Overview (5)

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Died in Studio 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, stony-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. Notable 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). He 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)

Trade Mark (2)

Gravelly voice
Often played law enforcement figures or military officers

Trivia (7)

In September 1955, McGraw surfaced in the Humphrey Bogart role as Rick in the television version of Casablanca (1955) for ABC. It lasted only one season. However, for some reason, Rick's last name here was Jason. NBC revived the series again in (Casablanca (1983)), this time with David Soul of Starsky and Hutch (1975) fame and with the lead character's name reverting to that of the original film -- Rick Blaine.
Karen Burroughs Hannsberry has a short biography of him in her book "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir".
He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on February 8, 1960.
Had appeared with Jim Backus in four films: Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950), His Kind of Woman (1951), The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963).
He used his mother's maiden name McGraw for his stage name.
Jim Steranko writes that he based his version of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury on the Marvel Omnibus Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D essay.
His tragic death, from falling through a glass shower door and bleeding out, resulted in California's enacting a state law requiring all glass shower doors to be made with safety glass, so his accident could not be repeated.

Salary (1)

Armored Car Robbery (1950) $750 per week

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