Rags Ragland (1905–1946)


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Rags Ragland was a boxer, then a burlesque comedian and then a Broadway performer before ending up in Hollywood to repeat his stage role as the boisterous sailor in Panama Hattie (1942), in which Ann Sothern played on film the part that had been played on Broadway by Ethel Merman. Ragland, typecast as a good-natured oaf with a knack for fracturing... See full bio »

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Known For

Whistling in Brooklyn Chester Conway
(1943)
Girl Crazy 'Rags'
(1943)
Whistling in the Dark Sylvester Conway
(1941)
Whistling in Dixie Chester Conway / Sylvester 'Lester' Conway
(1942)

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 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Fishface
 1945 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
'Rags' Ragland (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy
Albert Weever
 1945 Anchors Aweigh
Police Sergeant (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1944 The Canterville Ghost
Big Harry (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1944 Meet the People
Mr. Smith (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1944 3 Men in White
Hobart Genet
 1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
Chester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1943 Girl Crazy
'Rags' (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Charlie / Dauphin (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1942 Whistling in Dixie
Chester Conway / Sylvester 'Lester' Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1942 Panama Hattie
Rags (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1942 The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Louie (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1942 Somewhere I'll Find You
Charlie, the Masseur (uncredited)
 1942 Maisie Gets Her Man
Ears Cofflin (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1942 Sunday Punch
'Killer' Connolly
 1942 Born to Sing
'Grunt'
 1941 Whistling in the Dark
Sylvester Conway (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1941 Ringside Maisie
Vic (as 'Rags' Ragland)
 1938 Hats and Dogs (Short)
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Acting Troupe Member (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)

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Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

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Alternate Names:

'Rags' Ragland

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Trivia:

A "top banana" on Minsky's burlesque stage for years, Rags was known for his highly active libido off stage, and could count star Minsky's stripper Gypsy Rose Lee as just one of his many conquests. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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