Birth Date: May 10, 1914
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Date of Death: July 30, 1980 / Age: 66
Location of Death: Studio City, California, USA
Cause of Death: after falling through a glass shower door
Biography: Born Charles Butters in Ohio May 10, 1914, square-jawed Charles McGraw grew up to become an actor and eventually made his first movie in 1942. At first it seemed as though McGraw would spend his movie career playing bit parts as movie tough guys and gangsters, but the actor later developed into an unconventional but appealing leading man.
McGraw's most popular role in The Narrow Margin with Marie WindsorGravel-voiced McGraw's notable films include: playing the grumpy cop hired to protect Marie Windsor in the b-movie film noir classic The Narrow Margin (1952); Spartacus as Kirk Douglas' gladiator trainer; Lt. Jim Cordell in Armored Car Robbery (1950); Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963); and the cult classic A Boy and His Dog playing "The Preacher". McGraw also starred in the TV version of Casablanca (1955) taking over Humprey Bogart's role as Rick (although his last name was changed to "Jason"). McGraw died accidentally in 1980 after slipping and falling through a glass shower door.