Charles Lane Overview:

Character actor, Charles Lane, was born Charles Gerstle Levison on Jan 26, 1905 in San Francisco, CA. Lane died at the age of 102 on Jul 9, 2007 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Home of Peace Cemetery and Emanu-El Mausoleum in Colma, CA.

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By KC on Jul 12, 2007 From Classic Movies

Often, played the kind of characters that made you scowl: uptight, cranky, and certainly not the matinee idol you came to see. Despite all that, he would grow on you, partly because he showed up in so many movies and television programs (over 300) that he became "that one guy"... Read full article


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Charles Lane Quotes:

Brad Dunham: I want a pack of American cigarettes.
Hotel Cigar Stand Clerk: Sorry, but we're all out.
Brad Dunham: How much are they when you're all out?
Hotel Cigar Stand Clerk: Ten dollars.


Reporter: Looks like the same suckers get married everyday.


June Cameron: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. That man in there really isn't my husband. He's a... he's a prowler!
Reporter: Lady, I don't care what your husband does for a living.


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Survived by his son, Tom; his daughter, Alice; and granddaughter, Lucy.

Despite being frequently cast as the perfect foil for Lucille Ball's scatterbrained TV character, he and Lucy were actually good friends. They met when she was a chorus girl and he worked in RKO musicals.

For prime displays of Lane's acting forte, one may see him as the stage manager (billed as "Charles Levison") in Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century (1934), in which he played with John Barrymore, or as the tax assessor in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You (1938), pitted against - coincidentally enough - Lionel Barrymore. Thus may one learn who ordinarily got the better (or the worst) of whom! Years later Lane would again star with Lionel in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), as mean Mr. Potter's rent collector.

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