His real name was George Ranft, according to the 1910 census, born in New York, with his wife Eva Glockner and Conrad Ranft. Initially interested in dancing as a young man showed great aptitude for it, and this combined with his sense of elegance, enabled him to act as a dancer in some of the more fashionable clubs in New York. Club was part of Texas Guinan and his success led him to Broadway where she again worked as a dancer. Subsequently served in London as part of a choir in the early twenties. In 1929 Raft moved to Hollywood and began playing bit parts in movies. His success came in Scarface (Scarface, the terror of the underworld) (1932), and his convincing portrayal led to speculation whether Raft was a gangster. He was friends with several organized crime figures, including Bugsy Siegel, Owney Madden and the suspect in the murder of Siegel, Meyer Lansky.Raft was considered one of the finest actors in Hollywood, and achieved a celebrity that is not due entirely to the quality or popularity of their films, Raft became a pop culture icon of the 1930s, at a level that very few film stars. It was definitely one of the three most popular actors playing gangsters in the 1930s, the others being James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson (Humphrey Bogart never became a star of that decade Raft). Raft and Cagney worked together in Each Dawn I Die (1939) in the role of fellow prisoners. His 1932 film Night After Night (Night after night) launched the movie career of Mae West and took the first lead role to Raft. Raft appeared the following year, with Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Fay Wray, and Pert Kelton, in Raoul Walsh’s film The Bowery (the suburbs), embodying a Steve Brodie, the first man to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and survive.Among his best known films include If I Had A Million (If I had a million) (1932), in which he played a forger hiding from the police, Bolero (1934, with a rare role as a dancer rather than from gangster), The Glass Key (The Glass Key) (1935) (based on the work of Dashiell Hammett), Souls at Sea (Souls at Sea) (1937) with Gary Cooper, two films with Humphrey Bogart in a role Secondary: Invisible Stripes (1939) and They Drive by Night (The blind passion) (1940) and Manpower (1941) with Edward G. Robinson and Marlene Dietrich. Raft in 1940-41 at the height of his career.In the next decade began its decline, and earned the dubious success of being regarded in Hollywood as an actor means that rejected some of the best roles of history, notably High Sierra (he did not want to die at) and The Maltese Falcon (did not want to shoot the film version of Pride 1931 with a rookie director), both roles transformed Humphrey Bogart from supporting player to a Hollywood star in 1941. Both the director Billy Wilder, refused the lead role in Double Indemnity (1944), who played Fred MacMurray, becoming a classic that would have undoubtedly revived Raft’s career. These errors, together with the growing public rejection of his gangster lifestyle apparently, ended his career as an actor.Judy Canova and George Raft photographed in 1979 (Photo by Alan Light) He satirized his gangster image with a well-received performance in Some Like It Hot (Some Like It Hot / A two Adams and Eve) (1959), but not mean return to stardom, despite working with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, and the rest of the decade was devoted to films in Europe. He played a small role as a casino owner in Ocean’s Eleven (1960), next to the Rat Pack. His last performances were held in Sextette (1978), starring Mae West in a funny cameo, and The Man With Bogart’s Face (1980). Raft died from leukemia, 85 years old, in Los Angeles, California, in 1980 and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. George Raft has two stars on the Walk of Fame Hollywood, one for his contribution to the film industry at 6150 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for his work on television, at 1500 Vine Street.