Broderick Crawford

  • American actor
  • Born December 9, 1911
  • Died April 26, 1986

William Broderick Crawford (December 9, 1911 – April 26, 1986) was an American stage, film, radio, and television actor, often cast in tough-guy roles and best known for his Oscar and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Willie Stark in All the King's Men (1949) and for his starring role as Dan Mathews in the television series Highway Patrol (1955–1959).Until filming All the King's Men, Crawford's career had been largely limited to "B films" in supporting or character roles. He realized he did not fit the role of a handsome leading man, once describing himself as looking like a "retired pugilist".

I want to make someone walk straight, but I've left my sons nothing but wars.

I get a wild hair up my nose and I want to go.

I only go to mass when somebody asks me, but when I get in trouble I call for a priest.

It's hard to explain why I like Europe so much.

I'm a lousy reader.

I have a jaundiced eye but a young mind.

When people tell you they saw your last picture - well, the way they say it sounds like they hope it was.

I collect antiques. Why? Because they're beautiful.

I've made upwards of a million bucks in the cops-and-robbers business.

My father was always telling himself no one was perfect, not even my mother.

So don't applaud. Just send me the check.

I'm too young for Medicare and too old for broads to care.

If you're going to be a bum, be the biggest. If you're going to blow it, blow it big.

I'm what you call a deathbed Catholic.

I've made my peace with myself.

I was always the second heavy.