Show Summary Details

Page of
PRINTED FROM American National Biography Online. © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single article in American National Biography Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

Crawford, Brodericklocked

(09 December 1911–26 April 1986)
  • Robert L. Gale

Extract

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 ...

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Access to the full content requires a subscription