Wilton Graff

Wilton Graff (13 August 1903 – 13 January 1969) was an American actor.

Wilton Graff
Wilton Graff in Perry Mason 1960.jpg
Wilton Graff in Perry Mason 1960
Wilton Calvert Ratcliffe

(1903-08-13)August 13, 1903
DiedJanuary 13, 1969(1969-01-13) (aged 65)
Years active1939-1964
Mary Goodwin
(m. 1938; died 1950)

Elizabeth W. Wilson
(m. 1952; his death 1969)

Early yearsEdit

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Graff,[1] he was born Wilton Calvert Ratcliffe in St. Louis, Missouri, US.[2] He graduated from West Hartford High School in 1921.[3]


Before he became an actor, Graff worked for newspapers, including The Hartford Times, The Springfield Republican, and the Paris Herald.[4]

Graff debuted on Broadway in Fantasia (1933). His last Broadway appearance was in Gabrielle (1941).[5] He began working in movies in the 1940s and eventually appeared in dozens, usually as a professional man or an authority figure, such as a military officer. He starred in only one film, Bloodlust!, playing against type as an obvious, deranged villain. Most of his work in the last 10 years of his career was on television.[6]

In 1956 he guest starred on James Arness’s TV Western Series Gunsmoke, as “Troy Carver”, in the episode “20-20” (S1E19) as an aging lawman losing both his eyesight and his faith in his ability to handle his job.

Personal lifeEdit

Graff was married twice, firstly to Mary Goodwin, from 6 August 1938 until her death on 11 April 1950. They had one child, Nancy Graff. On 12 June 1952, he married Elizabeth W. Wilson, and they remained together until his death.


Graff died in Pacific Palisades, California on 14 January 1969. He was 65 years old.[7]

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "'Beauty And the Beast' Seen By Child Audience". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. December 13, 1931. p. 9. Retrieved May 18, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ "Wilton Graff". IMDb. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Cars Available for Voters Today". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. June 6, 1921. p. 13. Retrieved May 18, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ Hay, Calla (August 5, 1951). "Actor Wilton Graff Plays Actor Role In New Play At Teatro". The Santa Fe New Mexican. New Mexico, Santa Fe. p. 19. Retrieved May 18, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ "Wilton Graff". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  6. ^ Senn, Bryan (2013). The Most Dangerous Cinema: People Hunting People on Film. McFarland. p. 40. ISBN 9780786435623. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  7. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 291. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

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