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:

Charles Spottswoode: Shall we go over here?
Philo Vance: Why, yes. I'm afraid marriage is quite out of the question Miss O'Dell.
Charles Spottswoode: Oh, you're sure about that, are you?
Philo Vance: I'm positive.
Charles Spottswoode: Well how would you like me to tell the world about Jimmy's embezzling from your bank?
Philo Vance: What?
Charles Spottswoode: You heard me.


Hotel Desk Clerk: If I may say so, Mr. Ellis' sickness bears a curious relationship to whiskey.


Real Estate Salesman: Fifteen years ago, a half-dozen houses stuck here and there. There's the old cemetery, squirrels, buttercups, daisies. Dozens of the prettiest little homes you ever saw. Ninety per cent owned by suckers who used to pay rent to you. Your Potter's Field, my dear Mr. Employer, is becoming just that. And are the local yokels making with those David and Goliath wisecracks!
Mr. Potter: Oh, they are, are they? Even thought they know the Baileys haven't made a dime out of it.
Real Estate Salesman: You know very well why. The Baileys were all chumps. Every one of these homes is worth twice what it cost the Building and Loan to build. If I were you, Mr. Potter...
Mr. Potter: Well, you are not me.
Real Estate Salesman: As I say, it's no skin off my nose. But one of these days this bright young man is going to be asking George Bailey for a job.


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Charles Lane Facts
He was one of the last survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Made frequent guest appearances on "I Love Lucy" (1951) and "The Lucy Show" (1962), almost always playing some sort of unfriendly bureaucrat with no patience for Lucy's addle-brained schemes.

Began his acting career performing Chekhov, Shakespeare and Noel Coward at the Pasadena Playhouse during the 1930s.

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