Broderick Crawford Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Nov 14, 2023 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Aug 30, 2022
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About Broderick Crawford

William Broderick Crawford was an American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 9, 1911, and was known for his performances on stage, on television, on radio, and in films.

He was renowned for his Golden Globe and Oscar-winning role of Willie Stark in the film ‘All The King’s Men’ (1949). He was also known for his impressive role in the blockbuster television series 'Highway Patrol' (1955-1959.).

His popularity on 'Highway Patrol' made him memorialized in Texas Hold'em, a poker game. In the game, the starting hand of 10-4 is named Broderick Crawford. Broderick Crawford was often cast in tough-guy roles. He started working with his parents on the vaudeville stage and also appeared on a radio show later.  

Broderick Crawford Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Broderick Crawford’s net worth?

The net worth of Broderick Crawford is estimated to be around $34 million. Being a professional movie actor, he earned this money.

How much did Broderick Crawford earn per year?

Broderick Crawford made a lot of money out of his filming career but his annual income during his life is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Broderick Crawford?

Broderick Crawford was 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old was Broderick Crawford?

Broderick was born on December 9, 1911. He died on April 26, 1986, when he was about 75 years old. He died following a few strokes in California.

Childhood And Education

Broderick Crawford was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born to Helen Broderick and Lester Crawford. His mother had a short-term acting career in Hollywood comedies. Helen was known for her appearances in the Ginger Rogers and the Fred Astaire musicals like 'Swing Time' and 'Top Hat'.

Both his parents were vaudeville performers. He started working on stage for producer Max Gordon along with his parents at a very young age. Crawford graduated from Dean Academy (now known as Dean College) in Massachusetts.

He was later accepted at Harvard College of Harvard University, however, he dropped out within three weeks of getting admitted. He went on and took a job as a stevedore on the docks of New York City.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Broderick Crawford’s partner?

Broderick Crawford got married thrice. He got married to Kay Griffith in 1940. The marriage lasted 18 years and they got separated in 1958. He then married Joan Tabor (known as Joan Crawford after marriage) in 1962.

The marriage ended in divorce and they got separated in 1967. He later married Mary Alice Moore in 1973. He has two sons, Kim Crawford and Kelly G. Crawford. She was with him until his demise in 1986.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

William Broderick Crawford was a renowned actor known for his role in 'Highway Patrol' and 'All the King's Men'.

Broderick Crawford returned to radio and worked with Marx Brothers as a radio actor in the radio comedy show 'Shyster' and 'Flywheel'.

in 1932, he played a serious role in 'She Loves Me Not' in a play in London at the Adelphi theatre. Most people had a misconception that Crawford was a tough guy and more suitable for villainous roles. He gained some fame with the role of Lenny in a Broadway show called 'Of Mice And Men' in 1937.

He moved to Hollywood after this popular Broadway production. Broderick Crawford made his cinema debut with 'Women Chases Man' in 1937. The film was made by Miriam Hopkins. He later signed a contract with Paramount and bagged a few supporting roles. He secured supporting roles in 'Seven Sinners', 'When The Daltons Rode', and the 'Trail Of The Vigilantes'.

He also bagged a lead role in 'North To The Klondike' (1942) and 'South Of Tahiti' in 1941. Crawford worked with his co-star Constance Bennett in 'Sin Town' in 1942 and played a role in 'Men Of Texas' alongside Robert Stack. He has acted in several other Hollywood films.

During the Second World War, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He was sent to Britain as a sergeant in 1944. He also served the Glenn Miller American Band as an announcer. Later in 1946, he returned to Hollywood movies with his role in 'Black Angel' and 'Slave Girl' in 1947.

He starred in 'The Flame' directed by John H. Auer alongside Vera Ralston, John Carroll, and Robert Paige. He also starred in an American comedy-drama film 'The Time Of Your Life' directed by H.C. Potter alongside Wayne Morris. James Cagney, Jeanne Cagney and William Bendix. In 1949, Crawford was cast in 'A Kiss In The Dark' with Jane Wyman and David Niven at WB. He was also cast in Monogram’s ‘Anna Lucasta’ alongside Paulette Goddard.

Broderick Crawford was best known for his role as Willie Stark in 'All The King's Men'. In 1949, he was at the peak of his career with the release of 'All The King's Men'. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role. Until this movie, his cinema career was mainly limited to minor roles in B films. He played a character inspired by the life of a politician in Louisiana. The movie was a great hit and Crawford won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.

In 1955, tv producer Frederick Ziv offered him the lead role in 'Highway Patrol'. The show remained popular during its four-year course and was also continued in repeated syndications on various local US stations.

The television series 'Highway Patrol' helped Crawford revive his career and he used his tough-guy persona in several other movies and shows. The film made him earn around $2 million.

What awards did Broderick Crawford win?

Broderick won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 'All The King's Men'. He also won two Golden Globe awards.

Broderick Crawford’s Hobbies And Interests

Broderick Crawford liked to collect shaving mugs.

Other Interesting Broderick Crawford Facts And Trivia

  • Broderick Crawford's sun sign is Sagittarius.
  • Broderick Crawford dropped out of Harvard University within three weeks of joining and worked as a stevedore on the New York docks.
  • Broderick Crawford worked on radio with the Marx Brothers.
  • Broderick served in the United States Army Air Force during World War Two.
  • He became famous as Lenny in the Broadway adaptation of 'Of Mice And Men' by John Steinbeck.
  • When he took the role in 'Highway Patrol', he became one of the first successful big-screen stars.
  • Crawford successfully played famous and esteemed authority figure roles that gained him immense popularity.
  • Broderick hosted an episode of 'Saturday Night Live' in 1977.
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Broderick Crawford Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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William Broderick Crawford Crawford

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Harvard University

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Mary Alice Moore


Helen Broderick, Lester Crawford
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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