Bill Raisch

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Who is it?: Actor
Birth Day: April 19, 2005
Birth Place:  North Bergen, New Jersey, United States

Bill Raisch

Bill Raisch was born on April 19, 2005 in  North Bergen, New Jersey, United States, is Actor. Raisch was born of German immigrant parents in New Jersey in 1905. After graduating from high school, Raisch took a job at a construction site hauling cement. When he wasn't working, he lifted weights at Sig Klein's Gym in New York City. Raisch was noticed by a society girl looking for a dancing partner and he escorted her to various parties as her date and dancing partner. Raisch came to the attention of Marilyn Miller the star of Ziegfield Follies. She introduced him to Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., who signed Raisch up for his dance troupe. In the late 1920s Raisch danced for Ziegfield at the New Amsterdam Roof Theater where he got to work with Maurice Chevalier making his first American stage appearance and he also appeared in the stage musical "Whoopee" starring Eddie Cantor. While he was dancing in New York, Raisch, coming home from work one evening, was attacked by five muggers on the street. Although he was worked over, Raisch took them on and beat them all up single-handedly. The next day, a newspaper ran a picture of Raisch with the headline, "Don't Say Dancers Are Sissies". While still in New York, Raisch met and married his wife, Ziegfeld dancer Adele Smith. During World War II, Raisch served in the U.S. Navy where he was badly wounded in early 1945 fighting a shipboard fire in which he was so badly burned he lost his right arm. With his stage career over, Raisch moved to Los Angeles in 1946 where Ben Hecht had a part for him in the movie Specter of the Rose (1946). In 1952, Raisch became a stand-in for Burt Lancaster where he appeared as a double for the famous actor and later appeared as a one-armed man in Lonely Are the Brave (1962). Here Raisch was noticed and offered the recurring role on the TV Series The Fugitive (1963) - Fred Johnson, the One-Armed Man, which David Janssen's character Dr. Richard Kimble hounds throughout the series. However, Raisch was hired just for his looks, not his acting ability. His very first speaking role was mainly limited to a handful of episodes with short lines and speeches. Because of the show's popularity, Raisch was so recognizable as the One-Armed Man that it was almost impossible for him to get work on other shows. So, producer Quinn Martin put Raisch on a retainer, giving him a degree of security. After "The Fugitive" series ended in 1967, Raisch, fed up with typecast TV and movie offers, rarely worked, although his popularity of the One-Armed Man never diminished. Bill Raisch died from lung cancer in a hospital in Santa Monica in July 1984 at the age of 79.
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Popular As Bill Raisch
Occupation Actor
Age 15 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 19, 2005 ( North Bergen, New Jersey, United States)
Birthday April 19
Town/City  North Bergen, New Jersey, United States
Nationality United States

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Bill Raisch’s zodiac sign is Taurus. According to astrologers, Taurus is practical and well-grounded, the sign harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Bill Raisch was born in the Year of the Rooster. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

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A Dancer who worked for Ziegfeld Follies in the 1930s, he lost his right arm while serving in World War II. He played bit parts in several movies including a 1953 appearance in the ending of The War Of The Worlds where he is in a crowd scene after the first martian machine crashes. His most memorable film role was in a famous fight scene with Kirk Douglas in Lonely are the Brave (1962). Raisch's best remembered role, however, was in the 1963–1967 TV series The Fugitive, in which he played "The One-Armed Man" (who frequently went by the alias Fred Johnson) who was the real killer of the wife of Dr. Richard Kimble, played by David Janssen.


After The Fugitive ended, Raisch was scarcely seen on TV or the media again as he focused on his career as an acting Teacher. He died of lung cancer in 1984 in Santa Monica, California, at age 79.

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