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George Raft (born George Ranft) was a legendary tough guy actor (specializing in crime and film noir roles) from the 1920s to the 1980s. Like James Cagney, he actually WAS born in a tough neighborhood in New York City, so his tough guy persona was honestly earned! Note that he first appeared in movies in minor roles in 1929, but it took three years and seven movies before he got his big break in Howard Hughes' "Scarface" (where he played Paul Muni's coin-flipping henchman). After that, he was rushed into six movies in the rest of 1932 alone, and he remained a major star (mostly in gangster roles) for many years. Some of his other movies include: Each Dawn I Die, Manpower, If I Had a Million, They Drive by Night, and Some Like It Hot (in a great cameo where he played a parody of his earlier gangster roles). He passed away in 1980 at the age of 79.
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