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Full Name
  
Charles Butters

Name
  
Charles McGraw

Children
  
1


Years active
  
1942–1977

Occupation
  
Actor

Role
  
Actor

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Born
  
May 10, 1914 (
1914-05-10
)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.

Died
  
July 30, 1980, Studio City, California, United States

Spouse
  
Freda Choy Kitt (m. 1938–1967)

TV shows
  
Adventures Of The Falcon, Casablanca (1955), The Smith Family

Movies
  
The Narrow Margin, Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Ard Car Robbery

Similar People
  
Richard Fleischer, Anthony Mann, William Talman, L Q Jones, Robert Siodmak

CHARLES MCGRAW TRIBUTE


Charles Butters (May 10, 1914 – July 30, 1980), best known by his stage name Charles McGraw, was an American actor.

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Early life

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The son of Francis Butters and Beatrice Crisp Butters, McGraw was born in Des Moines, Iowa. (A newspaper article published in 1951 says of McGraw, "He was born in New York City, but his parents moved to Akron, O., when he was five years old.") In January 1932, he graduated from high school, later attending college for one semester.

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His early jobs included working on a freighter and dancing in night clubs.

Before becoming an actor, he served a tour of duty in the United States Army during World War II.

Stage

Before getting into film, McGraw was active in theatrical road companies. He also appeared in "dozens of off-Broadway productions."

Film

McGraw made his first film in 1942 with a small, uncredited role in The Undying Monsterat Fox. He was in Tonight We Raid Calais (1942) and They Came to Blow Up America (1943) at the same studio, and also Two Tickets to London (1943), Destroyer (1943), Corvette K-225 (1943), The Mad Ghoul (1943), The Impostor (1944), and The Seventh Cross (1944).

He developed into a leading man, especially in the film noir genre during the late 1940s and early 1950s. His gravelly voice and rugged looks enhanced his appeal in that very stylistic genre.

His first notable role was in The Killers (1946), which opens with McGraw and fellow heavy William Conrad as the two hitmen who terrorize a small-town diner in their search for Burt Lancaster.

McGraw was unbilled in The Farmer's Daughter (1947) and Brute Force (1947) and had small roles in The Big Fix (1947) and The Long Night (1947). He had slightly bigger parts in On the Old Spanish Trail (1947), a Roy Rogers Western, and some noirs, Roses Are Red (1947) and The Gangster (1947).

McGraw's parts remained small in T-Men (1947) for Anthony Mann, The Hunted (1948), Berlin Express (1948), Hazard (1948), and Blood on the Moon (1948). He had a bigger role in Once More, My Darling (1949), then went back to small parts in Reign of Terror (1949) and Border Incident (1949) for Mann, and The Story of Molly X (1949).

McGraw moved up to third billing in a noir, The Threat (1949). He played a cop in Side Street (1950) for Mann and a gangster in Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1951).

Leading Man

McGraw was finally given a leading role in RKO's Armored Car Robbery (1950) directed by Richard Fleischer. He played a gangster in His Kind of Woman (1951) then had the lead in Roadblock (1951), as "Honest Joe", the insurance investigator turned thief by love.

Fleischer used McGraw in the lead of The Narrow Margin (1952) which has become a cult classic. He was a sergeant in One Minute to Zero (1952) and War Paint (1953) and was a villain in Thunder Over the Plains (1954).

McGraw's other notable roles Kirk Douglas' gladiator trainer in the epic Spartacus (1960); and "The Preacher" in the science-fiction cult classic A Boy and His Dog.

Television

McGraw starred as Mike Waring, the title character, in the 39-episode 1954–55 syndicated television series Adventures of the Falcon. The series updated the original Falcon premise to have Michael Waring as a secret agent in the Cold War. He also starred in the first television version of Casablanca (1955), taking Humphrey Bogart's role as Rick Blaine.:165 Additionally, he had the role of Captain Hughes in The Smith Family. In 1963, McGraw played Dr. Simon Oliver on the pilot of Diagnosis: Danger, a medical drama.:257

He later played various one-shot roles in television episodes such as the gruff and menacing sheriff in "The Gamble", an installment of the NBC western series Bonanza.

In 1960, McGraw played United States Army scout Tom Barrows in the episode "The Scout" on the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian. Though he has an Apache wife, Barrows is known for his attacks on Apache warriors. He is called "The Listener" because he cuts off and wears the ears of the Indians he has killed. The Indians retaliate by killing Barrows' wife. McGraw also appeared in an episode of The Untouchables titled "The Jake Lingle Killing". This was notable as a pre-Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord was the lead hero in the show instead of Ness. He also portrayed an unbalanced rear admiral in an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea titled "The Sky is Falling."

Personal life

McGraw married Freda Choy Kitt in 1938. They had a daughter.

Death

Charles McGraw died after slipping and falling through a glass shower door in his Studio City, California home on July 30, 1980 and severing an artery in his arm. (A newspaper article published in 1981 gave August 2 as the date of McGraw's death.) His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

Accolades

McGraw is recognized with a star in the Television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6927 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.

Filmography

Actor
1977
Twilight's Last Gleaming as
Air Force Gen. Peter Crane
1976
The Killer Inside Me as
Howard Hendricks
1975
Perilous Voyage (TV Movie) as
Capt. Humphreys
1975
A Boy and His Dog as
Preacher
1974
Police Story (TV Series) as
Capt. McKinnes / Lt. Mears
- Across the Line (1974) - Capt. McKinnes
- Chain of Command (1974) - Lt. Mears (as Charles Mc Graw)
1973
Money to Burn (TV Movie) as
Neil Davis
1971
Adam-12 (TV Series) as
Rod Decker / Lars Lowell
- Harbor Division (1973) - Rod Decker
- Log 56: Vice Versa (1971) - Lars Lowell
1973
Mission: Impossible (TV Series) as
Stevens
- Imitation (1973) - Stevens
1973
Hawkins (TV Series) as
Capt. Bates
- Death and the Maiden (1973) - Capt. Bates
1973
Emergency! (TV Series) as
Police Sergeant
- Rip-Off (1973) - Police Sergeant
1973
Banyon (TV Series) as
Steve Kanderis
- Time Lapse (1973) - Steve Kanderis
1972
Ironside (TV Series) as
Marvin Greenleaf
- Who'll Cry for My Baby (1972) - Marvin Greenleaf
1972
The Longest Night (TV Movie) as
Father Chase
1971
Nichols (TV Series) as
Luke / Hansen
- About Jesse James (1972) - Luke
- Gulley vs. Hansen (1971) - Hansen
1972
The Night Stalker (TV Movie) as
Chief Masterson
1971
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series) as
Tom Kleyberg / Agent Joe Flagg
- Operation: XW-1 (1972) - Tom Kleyberg
- O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) - Agent Joe Flagg
1971
Monty Nash (TV Series) as
Tom McGraw / Jeffers
- A Killer Among Us (1971) - Tom McGraw (uncredited)
- The Time of the Eagle (1971) - Jeffers
1971
The Devil and Miss Sarah (TV Movie) as
Marshal Duncan
1971
Chandler as
Bernie Oakman
1964
Gunsmoke (TV Series) as
Squawman / Dolen / Calvin
- My Brother's Keeper (1971) - Squawman
- Prairie Wolfer (1967) - Dolen
- Bently (1964) - Calvin
1971
The Man and the City (TV Series) as
Jerry Donato
- Reprisal (1971) - Jerry Donato
1971
The Smith Family (TV Series) as
Captain Hughes
- Anniversary (1971) - Captain Hughes
- Rookie (1971) - Captain Hughes
- The Desk Job (1971) - Captain Hughes
- One More Goodbye (1971) - Captain Hughes
1971
Johnny Got His Gun as
Mike Burkeman
1970
Matt Lincoln (TV Series)
- Billy (1970)
1970
Mod Squad (TV Series) as
Castor
- A Time of Hyacinths (1970) - Castor
1970
The Name of the Game (TV Series) as
Sheriff Carmody / Sheriff
- A Love to Remember (1970) - Sheriff Carmody
- The King of Denmark (1970) - Sheriff
1970
The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie) as
The Board of Military Judges
1969
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here as
Wilson
1962
Bonanza (TV Series) as
Luke Mansfield / Sheriff Gains
- The Unwanted (1969) - Luke Mansfield
- The Gamble (1962) - Sheriff Gains
1969
Pendulum as
Deputy Chief John P. Hildebrand
1967
Judd for the Defense (TV Series) as
Jim Larkin / Warden MacDonald
- Punishments, Cruel and Unusual (1968) - Jim Larkin
- Shadow of a Killer (1967) - Warden MacDonald
1968
The Wild Wild West (TV Series) as
Sheriff Baggs
- The Night of the Fugitives (1968) - Sheriff Baggs
1968
The Outcasts (TV Series) as
Mose Skinner
- A Ride to Vengeance (1968) - Mose Skinner (as Charles Mc Graw)
1968
Hang 'Em High as
Sheriff Ray Calhoun
1967
In Cold Blood as
Tex Smith
1967
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) as
Jules Cutter
- The Survival School Affair (1967) - Jules Cutter
1967
Hondo (TV Series) as
Gen. Rutledge
- Hondo and the Savage (1967) - Gen. Rutledge
1967
The Busy Body as
Fred Harwell
1966
Run for Your Life (TV Series) as
Sam Bailey
- Time and a Half on Christmas Eve (1966) - Sam Bailey
1965
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series) as
Sheriff Cole Hobbs
- The Debt (1965) - Sheriff Cole Hobbs
1965
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) as
Sgt. Goss
- March from Camp Tyler (1965) - Sgt. Goss
1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) as
Nick Stacy / Harry Brockman
- Twixt the Cup and the Lip (1965) - Nick Stacy
- Once Upon a Savage Night (1964) - Harry Brockman
1965
Ben Casey (TV Series) as
Joe Creely
- Where Does the Boomerang Go? (1965) - Joe Creely
1964
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series) as
Rear Adm. Tobin
- The Sky Is Falling (1964) - Rear Adm. Tobin
1964
Destry (TV Series) as
Hatch
- Ride to Rio Verde (1964) - Hatch
1964
Nightmare in Chicago (TV Movie) as
Harry Brockman
1964
Grindl (TV Series) as
Steve
- Grindl and the Boodle (1964) - Steve
1964
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series) as
Dan Carver
- The Day of the Search (1964) - Dan Carver
1964
77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) as
Lt. Jack Starkey
- Lovers' Lane (1964) - Lt. Jack Starkey
1963
The Lieutenant (TV Series) as
Sgt. Ernie Tragg
- Alert! (1963) - Sgt. Ernie Tragg
1963
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World as
Lt. Matthews
1961
Dr. Kildare (TV Series) as
Dr. Kenneth Hasker / Fred Rainey
- The Heart, an Imperfect Machine (1963) - Dr. Kenneth Hasker
- For the Living (1961) - Fred Rainey
1959
The Untouchables (TV Series) as
Holly Kester / Pete Kalik / Johnny Torrio / ...
- The Torpedo (1963) - Holly Kester
- Silent Partner (1962) - Pete Kalik
- Portrait of a Thief (1960) - Johnny Torrio
- The Jake Lingle Killing (1959) - Barney 'Bugs' Birch
1963
The Birds as
Sebastian Sholes
1963
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) as
Dr. Simon P. Oliver
- Diagnosis: Danger (1963) - Dr. Simon P. Oliver
1963
The Virginian (TV Series) as
Big John Beldon
- Say Goodbye to All That (1963) - Big John Beldon
1962
The Horizontal Lieutenant as
Col. Charles Korotny
1962
Wagon Train (TV Series) as
Sgt. Kile
- The Lieutenant Burton Story (1962) - Sgt. Kile
1962
87th Precinct (TV Series) as
Douglas King
- King's Ransom (1962) - Douglas King
1962
Cain's Hundred (TV Series) as
Earl Klegg
- Murder by Proxy: Earl Klegg (1962) - Earl Klegg
1961
The New Breed (TV Series) as
Dr. Cameron Hill
- Blood Money (1961) - Dr. Cameron Hill
1961
Follow the Sun (TV Series) as
Rudy Driscoll
- Night Song (1961) - Rudy Driscoll
1953
General Electric Theater (TV Series) as
Forel
- The Great Alberti (1961) - Forel
- The Cat with the Crimson Eyes (1953)
1961
The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) as
Old Man
- Out of the Night (1961) - Old Man
1961
Dante (TV Series) as
Frank Maddern
- Hunter with a Badge (1961) - Frank Maddern
1961
Laramie (TV Series) as
Marshal Jim Craig
- Mark of the Manhunters (1961) - Marshal Jim Craig
1961
Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) as
Josh
- The Fawn (1961) - Josh
1960
Thriller (TV Series) as
Sheriff Cliff Wrights
- The Big Blackout (1960) - Sheriff Cliff Wrights
1960
Route 66 (TV Series) as
Jeff Grady
- Layout at Glen Canyon (1960) - Jeff Grady
1960
Cimarron as
Bob Yountis
1960
Spartacus as
Marcellus
1960
The Deputy (TV Series) as
Johnny Dean
- The Last Gunfight (1960) - Johnny Dean
1960
The Detectives (TV Series) as
Mike Anders
- The Bodyguards (1960) - Mike Anders
1960
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series) as
Tom Barrows
- The Scout (1960) - Tom Barrows
1960
The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series) as
Matt Clovis
- Death at Noon (1960) - Matt Clovis
1959
Hotel de Paree (TV Series) as
Martin Wood
- The Man Who Believed in Law (1959) - Martin Wood
1959
Troubleshooters (TV Series) as
Hageb
- Downrange (1959) - Hageb
1959
The Wonderful Country as
Dr. Herbert J. Stovall
1959
Johnny Staccato (TV Series) as
Lester Prince
- Murder for Credit (1959) - Lester Prince
1959
The Man in the Net as
Sheriff Steve Ritter
1958
Twilight for the Gods as
Yancy
1958
The Defiant Ones as
Capt. Frank Gibbons
1958
Saddle the Wind as
Larry Venables
1957
Joe Dakota as
Cal Moore
1957
Slaughter on 10th Avenue as
Lt. Anthony Vosnick
1957
Joe Butterfly as
Sergeant Jim McNulty
1957
Crossroads (TV Series) as
Mouse Morrison
- The Light (1957) - Mouse Morrison
- Paratroop Padre (1957) - Mouse Morrison
1957
Conflict (TV Series) as
Korshak
- The Money (1957) - Korshak
1956
The Cruel Tower as
Harry 'Stretch' Clay
1956
Toward the Unknown as
Col. 'Mickey' McKee
1956
Away All Boats as
Lt. Mike O'Bannion
1955
Casablanca (TV Series) as
Rick Blaine
- Siren Song (1956) - Rick Blaine
- The Alley (1956) - Rick Blaine
- Satan's Veil (1956) - Rick Blaine
- Fateful Night (1956) - Rick Blaine
- Family Dispute (1955) - Rick Blaine
- Hand of Fate (1955) - Rick Blaine
- Labor Camp Escape (1955) - Rick Blaine
- Black Market Operation (1955) - Rick Blaine
- Who Holds Tomorrow? (1955) - Rick Blaine
1954
Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series) as
Mike Waring
- Kiss Me Not (1956) - Mike Waring
- The Wheel of Fortune (1955) - Mike Waring
- Buried Treasure (1955) - Mike Waring
- The Stevedore Kid (1955) - Mike Waring
- The Small Hotel (1955) - Mike Waring
- Dawn's Early Light (1955) - Mike Waring
- Green Means Danger (1955) - Mike Waring
- Hot Cargo (1955) - Mike Waring
- Rare Editions (1955) - Mike Waring
- Reunion (1955) - Mike Waring
- The Big Break (1954) - Mike Waring
- Eyes in My Back (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Reckoning (1954) - Mike Waring
- Invisible Destroyer (1954) - Mike Waring
- Tangier's Finale (1954) - Mike Waring
- Snake Eyes (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Paper Finger (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Golden Phony (1954) - Mike Waring
- Target (1954) - Mike Waring
- False Faces (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Guilty Stamps (1954) - Mike Waring
- Murder with Hi Fi (1954) - Mike Waring
- A Very Dangerous Bedfellow (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Blond Bomber (1954) - Mike Waring
- The $4.98 Buddha (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Baby Sitter (1954) - Mike Waring
- Deadly Welcome (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Big Heist (1954) - Mike Waring
- Rocky's Asylum (1954) - Mike Waring
- Decision in Red (1954) - Mike Waring
- Out of All Evil (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Case of the Lonely Hunter (1954) - Mike Waring
- Picture in the Case (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Furious Lady (1954) - Mike Waring
- Double Identity (1954) - Mike Waring
- The Case of the Babbling Brook (1954) - Mike Waring
- A Border-Line Case (1954) - Mike Waring
- A Drug on the Market (1954) - Mike Waring
- Backlash (1954) - Mike Waring
1955
Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series) as
Rick Jason / Rick
- Hand of Fate (1955) - Rick Jason
- The Return (1955) - Rick
1955
The Whistler (TV Series) as
Matt Robertson / Ted Lacarno
- Silent Partner (1955) - Matt Robertson
- Windfall (1955) - Ted Lacarno
1954
The Bridges at Toko-Ri as
Cmdr. Wayne Lee
1953
Cavalcade of America (TV Series) as
Wilkie Bowman
- Cat with the Crimson Eyes (1954)
- Breakfast at Nancy's (1953) - Wilkie Bowman
1954
Loophole as
Gus Slavin
1953
Thunder Over the Plains as
Ben Westman
1953
War Paint as
Sgt. Clarke
1953
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Some Call It Love (1953)
1953
Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series) as
Kovack
- Stranger Than Fiction (1953) - Kovack
1952
One Minute to Zero as
Sfc. Baker
1952
The Narrow Margin as
Det. Sgt. Walter Brown
1951
Roadblock as
Joe Peters
1951
His Kind of Woman as
Thompson / Narrator
1951
Double Crossbones as
Capt. Ben Wickett
1950
Armored Car Robbery as
Lt. Jim Cordell
1950
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town as
Shotgun Mike Munger
1949
Side Street as
Stanley Simon
1949
The Threat as
Arnold 'Red' Kluger
1949
The Story of Molly X as
Police Capt. Breen
1949
Border Incident as
Jeff Amboy
1949
Once More, My Darling as
Herman Schmelz - Chauffeur
1949
Reign of Terror as
Sergeant
1948
Blood on the Moon as
Milo Sweet
1948
Hazard as
Chick
1948
Berlin Express as
USFET Col. Johns (uncredited)
1948
The Hunted as
Detective
1947
T-Men as
Moxie (as Charles Mc Graw)
1947
The Gangster as
Dugas
1947
Roses Are Red as
Duke Arno
1947
On the Old Spanish Trail as
Harry Blaisdell
1947
Brute Force as
Andy - Convict in Auto Shop (uncredited)
1947
The Long Night as
Stevens - Policeman
1947
The Big Fix as
Armiston
1947
The Farmer's Daughter as
Fisher - Finley's Henchman (uncredited)
1946
The Killers as
Al
1944
The Seventh Cross as
Allbright (uncredited)
1944
Strange Confession as
Menessier
1943
The Mad Ghoul as
Garrity
1943
Corvette K-225 as
Chief Engineer (uncredited)
1943
Destroyer as
Assistant Chief Engineer (uncredited)
1943
Mechanized Patrolling (Short) as
Cpl. McGraw
1943
Two Tickets to London as
Hendrik (uncredited)
1943
They Came to Blow Up America as
Zellerbach
1943
Tonight We Raid Calais as
German Corporal (uncredited)
1943
The Moon Is Down as
Ole (uncredited)
1942
The Undying Monster as
Strud Strudwick (uncredited)
Archive Footage
2023
Compression (TV Series documentary)
- Compression The Narrow Margin de Richard Fleischer (2023)
- Compression Armored Car Robbery de Richard Fleischer (2023)
2009
The Rules of Film Noir (TV Movie documentary) as
Al (clip from The Killers (1946)) (uncredited)
2000
All About 'the Birds' (Video documentary) as
Sebastian Sholes in clips from the movie 'The Birds' (uncredited)
1982
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as
in The Killers
1979
The Horror Show (TV Movie documentary)

References

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