A truly recognizable voice, with so many rumblings, valleys and caverns, his sound is immediately attached to that well-worn, larger than life face. With booming tones and a huge lung capacity, Crawford was admirably suited for the stage, he appeared in London at the Adelphi Theatre in She Loves Me Not. In 1937 he won the role of Lenny in Of Mice and Men, but was not cast in the movie version in 1939.
Crawford had some choice supporting appearances (Beau Geste, Eternally Yours and Larceny, Inc.) prior to his break-out in 1949 as Willie Stark, in All the King’s Men, for which he received the Oscar for Best Actor. The following year he was able to flex his strong frame and thunderous timbre as the crude, rude and all-around bad-guy Harry Brock, in Born Yesterday.