- After dropping out of Harvard, worked as a stevedore on the New York City docks and later went to sea on a tanker.
- Worked in radio as a second banana to the Marx Brothers.
- Was a success as Lenny in the 1937 Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but lost the film role to Lon Chaney Jr.
- During World War II, served in the U.S. Army Air Force and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.
- Was one of the first big-screen stars to have success on television when he took the lead in Highway Patrol in 1955.
- Collected shaving mugs.
- Hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1977.
- Has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies and one for TV.
- 1949, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1950, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- Joan Tabor — Ex-wife
- Kelly G. Crawford — Son
- Helen Broderick — Mother
- William Broderick — Grandfather
- Lester Crawford — Father
- Mary Alice Moore — Wife
- Emma Kraus — Grandmother
- Kay Griffith — Ex-wife
- Kim Crawford — Son
- Attended Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
- Birth Name: William Broderick Crawford
- Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Died: April 26, 1986
- Profession: Actor
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