Broderick Crawford

Mostly Credited As: Broderick Crawford
Birth Name: William Broderick Crawford
Date Of Birth: December 09, 1911 (Age 74)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date Of Death: April 26, 1986
Cause Of Death: Series of strokes (Rancho Mirage, CA)
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Broderick Crawford

William Broderick Crawford was born into show business. His parents were Vaudevillians who went onto careers in Hollywood. His mother, Helen Broderick, appeared in numerous films including Top Hat and Swing Time with Fred Astaire whom she shared the stage with in The Band Wagon (1931). Broderick Crawford tried Hollywood briefly before returning to live theatre and winning acclaim for his performance as Lenny in a stage version of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in 1937, but was passed over for the film version and the role went to Lon Chaney, Jr. Undaunted, he returned to film work, but because of his appearance, he was generally cast as the heavy and played a variety of gangsters. That changed in 1949 when he won an Oscar as Best Actor for his role as politician Willie Stark in Robert Rossen's All The King's Men. The next year he was the wealthy, uncouth junk dealer opposite Judy Holliday in George Cukor's Born Yesterday based on the play by Garson Kanin.

Crawford returned to character roles and made numerous television and film appearances. In 1955, he was cast in the starring role of Chief Dan Mathews in the very popular police series Highway Patrol. He guested on shows like Get Smart, The Virginian, Night Gallery, Vega$ and Fantasy Island.

Crawford has two stars on the Hollywood walk of Fame. One is for motion pictures and the other is for television.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Interns (1970)As: Dr. Peter Goldstone
King of Diamonds (1961)As: Johnny King
Highway Patrol (1955)As: Chief Dan Matthews
Episode Cast Credits 

Simon & Simon (1981) 
  Rough Rider Rides Again 02x06: (Nov/18/1982) As Kern Barnett 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Lillian Russell/The Lagoon 05x08: (Nov/28/1981) As Jake Dutton 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Dead Ringer 03x20: (Apr/29/1981) As Winslow 

Flying High (1978) 
  South of Southwest 01x10: (Dec/08/1978) As Willard 

CHiPs (1977) 
  Hustle 01x09: (Nov/24/1977) As Himself, [Uncredited]

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Broderick Crawford/Dr. John, The Meters 02x17: (Mar/19/1977) As Himself (Host) 

City of Angels (1976) (1976) 
  The Losers 01x08: (Apr/06/1976) As guest star 

Medical Story (1975) 
  The God Syndrome 01x03: (Sep/18/1975) As Dr. Hudson 

Harry O (1974) 
  Forty Reasons to Kill (2) 01x12: (Dec/12/1974) As John McKenzie 

Banacek (1972) 
  No Sign Of The Cross 01x03: (Oct/11/1972) As Gilbert Deretzo 

Night Gallery (1970) 
  You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore 02x60: (Feb/23/1972) As Joe Fulton 

Alias Smith and Jones (1971) 
  The Man Who Broke the Bank at Red Gap 02x17: (Jan/20/1972) As Chester E. Powers 

Cade's County (1971) 
  Requiem for Miss Madrid 01x11: (Dec/12/1971) As Wes Novak 

The Man and the City (1971) 
  Disaster on Turner Street 01x06: (Oct/20/1971) As Holland Sr. 

Bracken's World (1969) 
  A Perfect Piece of Casting 01x18: (Jan/30/1970) As Ed Harlow, [Special Guest Stars]

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  The Power 02x12: (Dec/12/1969) As Bianchi 
  Blind Man's Bluff 02x03: (Oct/03/1969) As Woolf Lang 

Get Smart (1965) (1965) 
  The Treasure of C. Errol Madre 05x05: (Oct/24/1969) As Frogsie 

Land of the Giants (1968) 
  The Mechanical Man 02x01: (Sep/21/1969) As Prof. Gorn 

Ironside (1967) 
  In Search of an Artist 02x13: (Jan/02/1969) As Jack Stuart 

Cimarron Strip (1967) 
  The Blue Moon Train 01x21: (Feb/15/1968) As Joe Lehigh 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The 'J' for Judas Affair 04x03: (Sep/25/1967) As Mark Tenza 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Brilliant Benjamin Boggs 03x19: (Mar/30/1966) As Bill Thayer 

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) 
  The Long Ravine 02x24: (May/06/1965) As Pop Tullett 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed Davidian Jonas? 02x15: (Dec/30/1964) As Milhew Court 
  Who Killed 711? 02x12: (Dec/09/1964) As Tristram Corporal 
  Who Killed Avery Lord? 01x23: (Mar/06/1964) As Hamilton Talbert 
  Who Killed Snookie Martinelli? 01x16: (Jan/10/1964) As Carlos Varga 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Incident at Deadhorse (2) 06x28: (Apr/23/1964) As Jud Hammerklein, [Special Guest Stars]
  Incident at Deadhorse (1) 06x27: (Apr/16/1964) As Jud Hammerklein, [Special Guest Stars]

Arrest and Trial (1963) 
  A Flame in the Dark 01x06: (Oct/20/1963) As Grant Randolph 

The Virginian (1962) 
  A Killer in Town 02x04: (Oct/09/1963) As George Wolfe 

Kraft Mystery Theatre (1961) 
  Shadow of a Man 03x01: (Jun/19/1963) As Keys, [Starring Roles]

The Rough Riders (1958) 
  The Plot to Assassinate President Johnson 01x18: (Feb/05/1959) As William Quantrill 

Bat Masterson (1958) 
  Two Graves for Swan Valley 01x02: (Oct/15/1958) As Sgt. Foley, [Special Guest Stars]

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  Season 3, Episode 3 03x03: (Oct/06/1957) As Himself 

Telephone Time (1956) 
  Knockout 02x09: (Nov/11/1956) As guest star 

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) 
  Mickey Rooney, George Raft 06x11: (Dec/18/1955) As Himself 
  Donald O'Connor and Ben Blue 03x05: (Oct/26/1952) As Himself 
  Donald O'Connor 02x27: (Mar/02/1952) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  The Chordettes / Patti Page / On film: Frank Sinatra, Robert Michum & other stars 08x15: (Dec/19/1954) As Himself 
  Broderick Crawford; Constance Bennett; Douglas Fairbanks Jr; April Stevens; Guy Mitchell 05x07: (Oct/21/1951) As Himself 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Man from Outside 03x24: (Feb/12/1954) As Joe Mitchell 
  Desert Tragedy 03x04: (Sep/25/1953) As guest star 
  The Widow Makes Three 02x41: (Jun/12/1953) As guest star 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  The Return of Socko Bernard 04x09: (Oct/29/1953) As Socko Bernard 
  Man at Bay 02x33: (Apr/07/1952) As David 

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 5, Episode 21 05x21: (Mar/17/1953) As Himself 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Ride the River 01x02: (Feb/08/1953) As Scott 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 7th Annual Golden Globe Awards 07x01: (Feb/23/1950) As Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role (for 'All the King's Men') 
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During the 70's appeared in a commercial for Canada Dry as his Highway Patrol character.

Broderick Crawford Quotes
Crawford: I'm no budding starlet.