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Bill Raisch
American dancer and actor

Bill Raisch

Bill Raisch
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Intro American dancer and actor
Was Actor Television actor Film actor Dancer
From United States of America
Field Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 5 April 1905, North Bergen
Death 31 July 1984, Santa Monica (aged 79 years)
Star sign Aries
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Carl William Raisch (April 5, 1905 – July 31, 1984), was an American dancer, actor, stuntman, and acting coach. He was best known as the One-Armed Man pursued by Richard Kimble (David Janssen) on the 1963–1967 TV series The Fugitive.

Early life

Carl William Raisch was born on April 5, 1905, in North Bergen, New Jersey. His parents were German immigrants.

After graduating high school, Raisch found a job hauling cement in a construction site. He began lifting weights and also became an amateur boxer. As a dancing partner to a young woman whom he took to socials and dances, he was introduced to Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., who signed him to the Ziegfeld Follies dance troupe. Raisch performed on stage in his first American production at the New Amsterdam Roof Theater in the late 1920s. He primarily performed with the dance troupe in New York, and was also an adagio performer. He married Adele Smith, a fellow Ziegfield dancer.

Acting career

In the beginning of 1945, during his World War II service with the United States Merchant Marine, Raisch's right arm was badly burned in a shipboard fire and had to be amputated at the elbow. Raisch had acted in a few uncredited film roles before the war, but afterwards pursued a film career, moving to Los Angeles in 1946. Raisch appeared in The War Of The Worlds (1953) as "an extra, stand-in, and occasional stuntman", and in Spartacus (1960), playing a character whose arm was hacked off in battle. For the latter stunt, Kirk Douglas as Spartacus chopped off Raisch's prosthetic limb with a sword.

Raisch's first memorable film role was as a one-armed character who initiates a barroom brawl with Douglas's cowboy character in Lonely are the Brave (1962). The following year, Raisch became the "One-Armed Man" in the television series The Fugitive, which ran from 1963 to 1967. Raisch filmed the role over the course of four days, but his character was frequently mentioned and seen in flashbacks. In the series' final episode, Raisch's character was proved to be the true killer of the wife of Dr. Richard Kimble, played by David Janssen.

Raisch worked as actor Burt Lancaster's stand-in in several films, although Lancaster was four inches taller than he.

Raisch's disability led to his being typecast, usually as a criminal. He subsequently worked in Los Angeles as an acting coach. He died of lung cancer in a Santa Monica, California, hospital on July 31, 1984, aged 79. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.


Year Title Role Notes
1937 Life Begins in College Saunders - Lombardy Football Player Uncredited
1944 The Mark of the Whistler Truck Driver Uncredited
1946 From This Day Forward Man in Employment Office / Bar Patron Uncredited
1946 Specter of the Rose Mr. Lemotte Uncredited
1948 Berlin Express German Uncredited
1950 Experiment Alcatraz Hospital Patient Uncredited
1952 Hong Kong Hotel Guest Uncredited
1952 When in Rome Prisoner in Italian Jail Uncredited
1953 Sangaree Pub Patron Uncredited
1955 Tight Spot Courtroom Spectator Uncredited
1955 How to Be Very, Very Popular Uncredited
1956 Around the World in 80 Days Extra Uncredited
1957 Sweet Smell of Success Patron at Toots Shor's Uncredited
1960 Spartacus Soldier Whose Arm is Hacked Off Uncredited
1961 The Young Savages Courtroom Spectator Uncredited
1962 Incident in an Alley Onlooker at Shooting Uncredited
1962 Lonely Are the Brave One Arm Uncredited
1963 Irma la Douce Man in Church Uncredited
1964 Seven Days in May Minor Role Uncredited
1964 The New Interns Emergency Room Corridor Extra / Restaurant Extra Uncredited
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Bill Raisch?
A: Bill Raisch was an American actor known for his role as Abraham Zapruder in the 1973 documentary film "Four Days in November." He was also recognized for his appearance in the 1969 film "The Maltese Bippy."
Q: When was Bill Raisch born and when did he die?
A: Bill Raisch was born on April 5, 1905, in Brooklyn, New York. He passed away on March 31, 1984, at the age of 78.
Q: What is Bill Raisch most famous for?
A: Bill Raisch gained fame for his role as Abraham Zapruder in the documentary "Four Days in November," which extensively covers the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. His portrayal of Zapruder's witness account has become a pivotal part of the historical record of that event.
Q: Did Bill Raisch have any other notable roles in his career?
A: While Bill Raisch is most known for his portrayal of Abraham Zapruder in "Four Days in November," he also appeared in the film "The Maltese Bippy" as a character named Adolph Zitz. However, his role as Zapruder remains his most notable and significant contribution to cinema.
Q: How did Bill Raisch die?
A: Bill Raisch died of natural causes on March 31, 1984, in New York City, at the age of 78. The specific cause of death was not publicly disclosed.
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