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Nick Cravat Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 1911
  • Died: Jan 29, 1994

Diminutive New York native Nick Cravat spent his first two decades in show business as a circus and carnival acrobat. From the mid-'30s to the early '40s, he was the smaller half of the Lang and Cravat trapeze act; "Lang" was his childhood pal [[Performer~P98588~Burt Lancaster~burtlancaster]]. While it is commonly assumed that Cravat made his first screen appearances in tandem with [[Performer~P98588~Lancaster~burtlancaster]], his film debut was in fact [[Feature~V34052~My Friend Irma~myfriendirma]] (1949), which starred [[Performer~P43978~Diana Lynn~dianalynn]], [[Performer~P76778~Marie Wilson~mariewilson]], and [[Performer~P121802~Martin~deanmartin]] and [[Performer~P99633~Lewis~jerrylewis]]. He did, of course, show up quite often in [[Performer~P98588~Lancaster~burtlancaster]]'s starring features, beginning with [[Feature~V17706~The Flame and the Arrow~theflameandthearrow]] (1950) and ending with [[Feature~V25461~The Island of Dr. Moreau~theislandofdrmoreau]] (1977). In the delightful [[Feature~V11546~The Crimson Pirate~thecrimsonpirate]] (1952), Cravat was afforded co-star billing with [[Performer~P98588~Lancaster~burtlancaster]], above leading lady [[Performer~P4353~Eva Bartok~evabartok]]. Because he so often played a mute, many filmgoers believed that Cravat was genuinely non-verbal; actually, he possessed so thick and pronounced an East Coast accent that he was averse to mouthing dialogue. Outside of his work with [[Performer~P98588~Lancaster~burtlancaster]], Cravat is best remembered for one of his uncredited appearances: as the "thing on the wing" in the 1963 [[Feature~V133223~Twilight Zone~thetwilightzone[tvseries][19591964]]] installment "[[Feature~V198404~Nightmare at 20,000 Feet~thetwilightzone:nightmareat20000feet]]." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi