Friday, December 9, 2011

Remembering Broderick Crawford

William Broderick Crawford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 9, 1911. He was a classic example of "overnight success" in Hollywood. The 1949 release of "All the King's Men," turned him into one of the most popular character leads in Hollywood after winning the Best Actor Oscar which lead to starring roles in other film such as, "Born Yesterday" (1950). However, it was 10 years working in routine supporting roles in more than 20 films that lead to his Oscar triumph. He continued to work as a lead in a number of films into the 1950's, typically playing tough guy characters, and was one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the era to jump to television in 1955, when he signed with ZIV TV to do the syndicated series, “Highway Patrol”. The series ran for three seasons and was a success, but following “Highway Patrol”, Crawford was unable to get movies or roles of the same quality that he had been offered in the early 50's. Crawford went to Europe and acted in another of films including three Euro-westerns, “Kid Rodelo” (1965), “The Texican” (1966) and “Mutiny at Fort Sharp” (1967).  Crawford continued to work into the 1980s before he passed away at his home in Rancho Mirage, California after a series of strokes on April 26, 1986. Today we remember Broderick Crawford on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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