Broderick Crawford

Broderick Crawford

actor, producer, soundtrack

Broderick Crawford was born on Dec 09, 1911 in USA. Broderick Crawford's big-screen debut came with Woman Chases Man directed by John G. Blystone in 1937, strarring Hunk. Broderick Crawford is known for A Little Romance directed by George Roy Hill, Laurence Olivier stars as Julius and Diane Lane as Lauren. The most recent award Broderick Crawford achieved is Walk of Fame. The upcoming new movie Broderick Crawford plays is Maharlika which will be released on Apr 09, 1987.

Broderick Crawford is best remembered for two roles: his Oscar-winning turn as Willie Stark in Les fous du roi (1949) and as Chief Dan Mathews on the syndicated TV series Highway Patrol (1955). He was also memorable as Judy Holliday's vulgar partner in Comment l'esprit vient aux femmes (1950), roles both actors had originated on Broadway to great acclaim.He was born William Broderick Crawford on December 9, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to vaudeville performers Lester Crawford and Helen Broderick. His mother had a brief movie career acting in Hollywood comedies. Broderick Crawford, large and burly, was no one's idea of a leading man due to his rough-and-tumble looks, but he broke through playing John Steinbeck's simple-minded giant Lenny in the Broadway adaptation of Steinbeck's novella "Of Mice and Men". After this Broadway success, Crawford moved to Hollywood and made his cinema debut in the comedy Madame poursuit Monsieur (1937), in a supporting role to stars Joel McCrea and Miriam Hopkins. When producer-director Lewis Milestone was casting the movie version of Steinbeck's classic (Des souris et des hommes (1939)), he passed over Crawford and selected Lon Chaney Jr. to play Lenny.After many supporting roles (including a memorable turn as a big but kindhearted lug in the comedy Larceny, Inc (1942)) and a stint in the military during World War II, Crawford had his breakthrough role in Robert Rossen's adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "All the King's Men". Crawford gave a masterly performance as the southern U.S. politician based on Louisiana's Huey Long. In addition to the Oscar, he also won the New York Film Critics' Award for Best Actor. Les fous du roi (1949) was a hit, as was Comment l'esprit vient aux femmes (1950). (Crawford had also played the role on Broadway, succeeding Paul Douglas, who originated the role.) However, Crawford soon after became typecast as crude or brutish.Five years after copping the Academy Award, TV producer Frederick W. Ziv hired Crawford to play the lead role in his syndicated police drama "Highway Patrol". The show ran for four seasons. Crawford's career, moribund in the early 1950s, revived, but he generally eschewed the big screen, preferring television, for the remainder of his career. He continued to act almost up until his death in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 26, 1986, at age 74, following a series of strokes.

  • Birthday

    Dec 09, 1911
  • Place of Birth

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Known For


5 wins & 0 nominations

Walk of Fame
Motion Picture
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame
Academy Awards, USA
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Winner - Oscar
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Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows