William Broderick Crawford
December 9, 1911
Career[change | change source]
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., his career began in Woman Chases Man (1937). He was in Beau Geste (1939), a classic starring Gary Cooper.
His glory would come in 1949 with the role of Willie Stark in Decepción, directed by Robert Rossen. For that role he got an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1950.
In the 1950s he worked with Glenn Ford in Convicted (1950, directed by Henry Levin), Human Desire (1954, directed by Fritz Lang) and the western classic The Fastest Gun Alive (1956), where he played a gunslinger who wants to prove he is the fastest gun.
He starred in the famous Italian film directed by Federico Fellini, Il bidone (1955).
In 1966 he co-starred with Audie Murphy in The Texican (1966). In 1970 he starred in Ransom Money, where he played a police inspector who led the rescue of a child who was kidnapped by a gang. He narrated the film The Candidate (1972) and starred Terror in the Wax Museum (1973), a horror film starring Ray Milland and John Carradine. Towards the end of the 1970s, he had a great performance in the film The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977), directed by Larry Cohen.
Television[change | change source]
Crawford starred in Highway Patrol (1955-1959). He played Chief Dan Mathews, an experienced highway police chief.
Crawford also worked on films for television such as The Challenge (1970), The Phantom of Hollywood (1974), Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976), and Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976).
Crawford was a special guest star in Rawhide, The Virginian, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Cimarron Strip, Banacek, Vega$, Fantasy Island, and others.