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Broderick Crawford

Broderick Crawford

Broderick Crawford was an American actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was stereotyped as a rough-talking tough guy, frequently a bad guy. His parents were vaudeville performers, and his mother, Helen Broderick, had a minor career in Hollywood comedies. Crawford gained fame in 1937 when he starred in Of Mice and Men on Broadway. He moved to Hollywood afterwards, but did not get the role in the movie version of the play.

In 1949, Crawford was cast as the Huey Long character in All the King's Men, which not only won the Academy Award for Best Picture, but gained Crawford the Academy Award for Best Actor. The next year he starred in another smash hit film, Born Yesterday.

Having been caught up in only certain types of characters, Crawford's career suffered. He moved to television, most notably starring in the series Highway Patrol. He made several European films, but few more in Hollywood.

Crawford has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The one for motion pictures is at 6901 Hollywood Blvd., and the one for television is at 6734 Hollywood Blvd.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Broderick Crawford Facts

Birth NameWilliam Broderick Crawford
BirthdayDecember 9, 1911
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of deathApril 26, 1986 (age 74)
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Broderick Crawford compared to you?
Awards1950 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for All the King's Men)
1950 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for All the King's Men)

Selected Filmography

Down Three Dark Streets
Film Noir 10-Movie Spotlight Collection
Classic Westerns, 10-Movie Collection: When Daltons Rode / The Virginian / Whispering Smith / The Spoilers / Comanche Territory / Sierra / Kansas Raiders / Tomahawk / Albuquerque / Texas Rangers Ride Again
Slightly Honorable
Black Angel
Goliath & The Dragon
A Kiss in the Dark
All the King's Men
Born Yesterday
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