Broderick Crawford

Birth Name: William Broderick Pendergast

Date of Birth: December 9, 1911

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: April 26, 1986

Place of Death: Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, German

Broderick Crawford was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for All the King’s Men (1949).

Broderick was the son of Helen A. (Broderick) and Lester Crawford (born Lester Crawford Pendergast), who were vaudeville performers. He was married to Mary Alice Moore, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, actress Kay Griffith.

Broderick’s paternal grandfather Daniel Pendergast (the son of Daniel Pendergast and Mary Galvin or Corcoran). Daniel was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Broderick’s paternal grandmother was named Fannie L. Crawford (the daughter of Michael Crawford and Theresa). Fannie was born in Maine, to Irish parents.

Broderick’s maternal grandfather was named William E. Broderick. William was born in Pennsylvania, and was an actor and singer.

Broderick’s maternal grandmother was named Emma M. Kraus. Emma was also born in Pennsylvania, to German parents. She was an actress and singer.

Sources: Broderick Crawford (William Broderick Pendergast) on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Broderick Crawford on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Broderick’s paternal grandparents, Daniel Pendergast and Fannie L. Crawford, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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