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Charles McGraw

Charles McGraw

Birthdate: May 10, 1914

Deathdate: July 30, 1980

Charles Butters (May 10, 1914 – July 30, 1980), best known by his stage name Charles McGraw, was an American actor, who made his first film in 1942, albeit in a small, uncredited cameo role. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa. McGraw developed into a leading man, especially in film noir classics during the late 1940s and 1950s. His gravelly voice and rugged looks enhanced his appeal in the noir stylistic genre, and ... ...detailed bio


Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

In the opening scene, John Hay Forrest (George Gaynes), noted scientist and cheesemaker, dies in a single-vehicle car accident (represented by the car wreck scene from Keeper of the Flame). In the next scene, private investigator Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is reading a newspaper when Forrest's ...

The Killer Inside Me (1976)

Usually a law officer is a figure of trust in a small community. Unfortunately for the residents of a small Montana town, Lou Ford is an exception. Behind his easygoing, likeable shell is an intensely violent core resulting from an abusive childhood. In a diner one day Lou sees his dead father an...

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Set in the year 2024 in post-apocalyptic America, 18-year old Vic and his telepathic dog Blood are scavengers in the desolate wilderness ravaged by World War 4, where survivors must battle for food, shelter, and sexual companionship in the desert-like wasteland. Vic and Blood eke out a meager exi...

The Night Stalker (1972)

In the opening of the film, Kolchak is sitting on the bed of a sleazy hotel room, dictating a book into his trademark portable tape recorder. The book is about a series of unusual events in Las Vegas, and a cover up of those events by the authorities. He describes a series of murders that had pla...

Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

Joe Bonham (Bottoms), a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell during World War I, lies in a hospital bed. He is a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, mouth and nose. He remains conscious and able to reason, but his wounds render him a prisoner in his own body. As he dri...

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

The film's story revolves around the Paiute Indian outlaw Willie Boy (Robert Blake) who escapes with his lover, Lola (Katharine Ross) after killing her father in self defense. According to tribal custom Willie can then claim Lola as his wife. According to the law, Deputy Sheriff Cooper (Robert Re...

Hang 'Em High (1968)

The story is set in Oklahoma Territory in 1889. It describes the efforts of Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) to bring the men who tried to lynch him to justice. The men are Capt. Wilson (Ed Begley), Reno (Joseph Sirola), Miller (Bruce Dern), Jenkins (Bob Steele), Matt Stone (Alan Hale Jr.), Charlie Bl...

In Cold Blood (1967)

November 1959. Perry Smith (Robert Blake) and "Dick" Hickock (Scott Wilson) concoct a plan to invade the home of the Clutter family, as Mr. Clutter supposedly keeps a large supply of cash on-hand in a safe. While the two criminals felt that their plan for the robbery was sound, it quickly unravel...

The Busy Body (1967)

George Norton is a low-level bumbler who works for Chicago crime boss Charley Barker. A well-dressed mama's boy, George is in good standing with Barker, even gaining a promotion, until an incident that costs the mob a million dollars. George is indirectly responsible when Archie, a mob courier, i...

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

"Smiler" Grogan (Jimmy Durante), a suspect in a tuna factory robbery some 15 years earlier and on the run from the police, recklessly passes a number of vehicles on a twisting, mountainous road in Southern California's Mojave Desert before careening his car off a cliff and crashing. Five motorist...

The Birds (1963)

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), a young socialite, meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco bird shop. Mitch wants to purchase a pair of lovebirds for his sister's eleventh birthday, but the shop has none. He recognizes Melanie from a previous encounter, but she doesn't remember him, s...

Spartacus (1960)

In the 1st century BC, the Roman Republic has slid into corruption, its menial work done by armies of slaves. One of these, a proud and gifted man named Spartacus, is so uncooperative in his servitude that he is sentenced to fight as a gladiator. He is trained at a school run by the unctuous Roma...

Cimarron (1960)

Sabra Cravat's (Maria Schell) wealthy Kansas City parents try to dissuade her from participating in a land run in the Oklahoma territory with her new husband Yancey (Glenn Ford), but she is adamant. During the journey, Sabra's knowledge of her husband's character deepens, and when he lends one of...

The Wonderful Country (1959)

Mercenary Martin Brady is employed by the Castro brothers, Marcos (Victor Manuel Mendoza), a General and Cipriano (Pedro Armendáriz) a Governor. On a business trip to the United States to arrange the sale of a wagonload of rifles and ammunition he is delayed when he breaks his leg in an accident....

The Man in the Net (1959)

The film tells the story of John Hamilton (Ladd) who's retreated to Stoneville, Connecticut, in the New England countryside, to pursue a career as a commercial artist, but his wife Linda (Carolyn Jones) wants to go back to New York. She is observed as being both drunk and a little strange by the ...

The Defiant Ones (1958)

The film starts with a truck driving at night. It swerves to miss another truck and crashes through a barrier. The rescuers clear up the debris and cover the people killed... mainly prisoners in the back. It is revealed that two are missing: a black man shackled to a white man, because "the warde...

Saddle the Wind (1958)

Retired gunslinger and former Confederate soldier Steve Sinclair (Robert Taylor) is living as a rancher in a small western community. He collaborates with the main landowner Dennis Deneen (Donald Crisp), from whom he rents the ranch, to preserve communal stability. His quiet life is disrupted by ...

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957)

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a 1957 film directed by Arnold Laven. It stars Richard Egan and Jan Sterling. The film is a story of crime on New York's waterfront. It is based on the book "The Man Who Rocked the Boat," an autobiography by William Keating, played by Egan in the film. The book chroni...

The Cruel Tower (1956)

The story of a bunch of hard-drinking steeplejacks.

Away All Boats (1956)

Away All Boats is a 1956 American war film produced by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Joseph Pevney and produced by Howard Christie from a screenplay by Ted Sherdeman based on the 1953 novel by Kenneth M. Dodson. Dodson (1907–1999) served on the USS Pierce (APA 50) in World War II and us...