- Robert L. Gale
Crawford, Broderick (09 December 1911–26 April 1986), actor, was born William Broderick Crawford in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Lester Robert Crawford, a vaudevillian, and Helen Broderick, a comedienne and musical performer. As a child he often accompanied his parents on vaudeville tours and occasionally played bit parts in short pants in their comedy skits. He was a student and popular athlete at Dean Academy in Franklin, Massachusetts, beginning in 1924 and graduating in 1928. At his parents’ insistence, he enrolled at Harvard University but withdrew after three weeks. He held a succession of jobs, as New York City waterfront stevedore, professional boxer, and able-bodied seaman aboard tankers. He was intermittently a radio actor (1930–1934), at one point playing a ...