George Raft (born George Ranft; September 26, 1901 – November 24, 1980) was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today George Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in Howard Hawks' Scarface (1932), William Keighley's Each Dawn I Die (1939), and Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot, as a dancer in Bolero (1934), a truck driver in They Drive by Night (1940), and as himself in the British spy spoof Casino Royale (1967). Raft's real-life association with New York City gangsters gave his screen image in mob films an added realism.
George Raft was a famous Hollywood actor, and a committed Democrat. In 1942, in advance of the Congressional election, he gave a stump-speech at a Masonic lodge in Scranton, Pennsylvania that tore the GOP a "new one."
Afterward, he invited fellow speaker Peggy Druce back to his hotel room. She declined his invitation, which he accepted with grace and humor.
The administrators are uncertain whether Raft's political stance in the novel matches his OTL position.